What is it?
The Skoda Rapid Spaceback, the second and more spacious version of the Skoda Rapid. Whereas the standard car is a slightly quirky notchback, the Spaceback is a more conventional hatchback.
In the compact car class, it'll go up against the Hyundai i30, Kia Cee'd and Volkswagen Golf hatchbacks. In a market sector where storage space is an important feature, the Rapid Spaceback enters the fray with good credentials. It offers 415 litres of space with the seats up, rising to 1380 litres with the seats down, meaning it soundly trumps the Golf – which offers 380 and 1318 litres respectively.
Despite the extra capacity, it is actually 180mm shorter than the Rapid saloon and has an identical wheelbase.
When it hits the showrooms in January, it will be offered with two petrol engines in three power outputs, and a single diesel with two levels of power.