The hatchbacks, which sit between the Fabia and Octavia in Skoda’s line-up, also get the Volkswagen Group’s turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, which is available with either 94bhp or 108bhp.
In its lower state of tune, that engine can propel the Rapid from 0-62mph in 11.0sec with 101g/km of CO2 emissions and a claimed fuel economy of 64.2mpg. The 108bhp version does 0-62mph in 9.8sec, emits 104g/km of CO2 and has a claimed fuel economy of 62.7mpg.
The rest of the engine range consists of the existing 1.4-litre petrol, 1.4-litre diesel and 1.6-litre diesel.
Both the cars get upgraded bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, plus updated tail-light graphics with optional LEDs, as part of tweaked front and rear ends.
The Rapid also now gets high-beam assist, as well as new 15in, 16in and 17in alloys.
There are some changes inside the Rapid, including new inlays on the doors and some redesigned switchgear. It also gets a a wi-fi hotspot for passengers' devices, which uses Skoda Connect services including live traffic information. There are also now two USB ports in the rear.