Skoda Rapid Spaceback to cost from £14,340; on sale in January
Darren Moss
2 October 2013

The Skoda Rapid Spaceback will be priced from £14,340 when it goes on sale next January.

Five engines will be available from launch, starting with a 1.2-litre TSI petrol developing either 85bhp or 104bhp. A 1.4-litre TSI petrol will also be available with 120bhp.

The diesel range consists of a 1.6-litre TDI in either 89bhp or 104bhp guise. Skoda expects this engine, in 89bhp form, to be the biggest seller in the range, taking almost 30 per cent of sales in the UK. CO2 emissions range from 104 to 134g/km. 

Prices start at £14,340 for the 1.2-litre TSI in standard S trim. Standard equipment on the Rapid Spaceback includes air conditioning, tyre pressure monitoring, 15-inch steel wheels and front electric windows. 

A Greentech option, which adds stop-start functionality and a brake energy-recovery system, is available on all trim levels.

SE trim models add 15-inch alloy wheels, rear-parking sensors, cruise control, a centre armrest and a trip computer. Top-spec Elegance trim gives the Rapid Spaceback 16-inch alloy wheels and climate control.

Destined to compete both with established estate models like the Hyundai i30 Tourer, Kia Cee’d Sportwagon and Volkswagen Golf estate, and also the regular hatchback versions of those cars - the Rapid Spaceback measures 4304mm long by 1706mm wide with a height of 1459mm. The car offers 415 litres of storage space with the seats up, increasing to 1380 litres with the seats down. 

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3 October 2013

ARGH!! ... The Spaceback is NOT an estate!! ... It's a standard 5-door hatchback that looks like an estate but actually has LESS boot capacity (100 litres less) than its saloon-looking (actually a hatchback also) Rapid sibling ... Will someone from Skoda explain WHY?

3 October 2013

It just seems rather expensive. The standard hatch/saloon version starts around 2k cheaper from memory and has more boot space. I don't get the positioning of this car. SuzukiQT is right, it's a hatch not estate.

3 October 2013

Interesting that Autocar have also released prices for the Peugeot 308 today, highlighting it as being "more expensive than a Ford Focus" in their headline. Pardon me, Autocar, but this is ALSO more expensive than a Focus and isn't nearly as well equipped as either of the other two cars, nor is it as well finished off as we've seen in Rapid reviews. Skoda have confused themselves with this and at present I think it's far too expensive to do well.

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