Skoda’s hatchback gets new headlights, some styling updates and a new 1.0-litre petrol engine

The new Skoda Rapid and Rapid Spaceback have been revealed, and are on display at the Geneva motor show.

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.

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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.

Updates to the Rapid follow similar tweaks to the Octavia and Citigo.

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22 February 2017
I've only seen these things being used as taxis and it's mostly the SEAT version. Wonder just how many private sales the Rapid or Toledo achieve?

22 February 2017
The sort of forgotten cars in the Skoda range, can't see that these tweaks will dramatically change the sales of these cars.

22 February 2017
The Spaceback, in particular, seems a bit pointless: more expensive than a Fabia Estate, with less boot space with the rear seats either up or down. It also looks a bit "hunchbacked", IMHO.

22 February 2017
Having 2 diesel engines, just read the cheaper petrol 1.0 litre specs. Drop one of the diesel engines and give us a 1.8tfsu then I'd be interested, a baby vRS Octavia

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23 February 2017
I've recently been on the lookout for an estate as the family has a new addition and a Rapid Spaceback popped up in one of my searches. Up until then I thought the Rapid name was last used on the 1980s fastback!

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Skoda Rapid was previewed by the Mission L concept

Skoda bridges the gap between Fabia and Octavia with a new hatch, but keen drivers will find more rewarding alternatives in the class

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