Skoda has officially unveiled the Rapid – a family hatch aimed at the VW Golf and Ford Focus
Julian Rendell
26 September 2012

Skoda has unveiled the Rapid at the Paris motor show – a family hatch aimed at the VW Golf and Ford Focus and starting with a budget price of £12,900 at launch on 12 November this year.

The Skoda Rapid introduces the brand's new design language, initiated by the Vision D concept and characterised by a four-lamp headlight, trapezoidal fog lights and monochrome Skoda badge mounted on the bonnet.

Included in the model's engine line-up are seven units. From launch there will be four petrol engines, ranging in power output from 74 to 121bhp. Initially, only a 104bhp 1.6-litre diesel will be available, although this will be joined by an 88bhp variant after a year. Skoda's usual three trim levels (S, SE and Elegance) will be applied to the new car.

The Rapid’s long wheelbase and torsion beam rear axle are said to create cabin and boot space larger than the Octavia, as the latter is expected to move further upmarket in its next generation.

Production of the Rapid began last month at the Skoda's Czech Republic plant. Pricing starts from £12,900 for the 74bhp 1.2-litre model in base S trim, ranging to £17,850 for the Rapid 1.6 TDI CR in Elegance trim.

Read our Skoda Rapid first drive for more insight.

Our Verdict

Skoda Rapid
Skoda Rapid was previewed by the Mission L concept

Skoda bridges the gap between Fabia and Octavia with new hatch

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19 June 2012

Doesn't look too bad, does it?


19 June 2012

Nice looking car. The rear reminds me of the mk2 Audi A4.

19 June 2012

Lee23404 wrote:

The rear reminds me of the mk2 Audi A4.

You're right, it does - but that's certainly no bad thing. I agree with you, it's a nice looking car. I really like this Skoda.

If they keep the prices to the 12-16k mark this car will give yet another sales boost to Skoda, I reckon. But yes, they do need a fastback/estate variant.

19 June 2012

Looks good. I like the chunky proportions of this car.

19 June 2012

Not too bad, but it has a touch of Kia about the grill, and I'm not sure this is what Skoda is aspiring to.

19 June 2012

I definitely prefer the fastback/saloon shape of this to the tortoise-like / breadvan shape of the Focus and Golf respectively.

19 June 2012

Looks nice, still Skodarey but a lot sharper than recent offerings. Some nice details on the bodywork and lights for what is supposed to be a budget car.

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19 June 2012

As "new design languages" go it isn't taxing the translators.

19 June 2012

I like the look of it, but preferred the uncreased flanks and boot shape of the Vision D.  Reminded me a bit of big old '80s hatches like the Saab 900 and Rover 3500...

The Skoda site RSkoda refers to above says it fits in between the Fabia and the Octavia while Mr Rendell's article says it is meant to have more cabin and boot space than the Octavia.  I take it therefore that the current Octavia is not long for this world beyond the end of this year...

19 June 2012

Tom Chet wrote:

 I take it therefore that the current Octavia is not long for this world beyond the end of this year...

Presentation before the year end, on sale early next year.


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