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Skoda Rapid 1.0 TSI 95 PS S

Skoda Rapid 1.0 TSI 95 PS S

Family Cars

3. Skoda Rapid

Model/Engine size:
Skoda Rapid 1.0 TSI 95 PS S
Fuel:
Petrol
Fuel economy combined:
62.8 mpg
Skoda Rapid 1.0 TSI 95 PS S

Summary

No it’s not the magnificent Aston Martin Rapide, this is the ironically named Skoda Rapid. It may be a bit of a silly name for a family car but don’t let that put you off. The Rapid just sneaks into this category because of its fastback design. Whilst interior space is broadly comparable to our Small Family Car contenders, the Rapid’s 550 litres of boot space is something that they can only dream of.

One of the major benefits of starting with a small family car and adding a bigger boot is that the Rapid is admirably light, in fact it weighs less than some Superminis. This benefits fuel economy and allows the 94 bhp 1.0 TSI engine to provide sensible performance. The other major benefit is that it offers stonkingly great value. This is a lot of car for the money.

As we have come to expect from Skoda, the bargain price doesn’t mean cheap and nasty. In fact if you’ve been in any VW Group cars recently you’ll recognise all of the switchgear. The Rapid could happily wear a VW badge without looking out of place, the only downside of this is that it isn’t terribly exciting to look at.

It seems somehow fitting that the 1.0 TSI engine suits this character perfectly. With 118 lb ft of torque available from an admirably low 1,500 rpm, and 94 bhp arriving at a leisurely 5,000 rpm, it’s workman-like, if unspectacular. The Rapid isn’t a scruff of the neck type of car, so the accessible torque curve fits the bill nicely.

The Rapid is a quality product which offers practicality, efficiency and value in spades. It is cheaper than many Small Family Cars whilst also offering substantially more boot space which makes it a genuine bargain in our book. The only downside is that it does lack design flair.

Read our full Skoda Rapid review

 

Specifications

Fuel economy, extra urban:
70.6 mpg
Fuel economy, urban:
53.3 mpg
CO2 emissions:
103 g/km
VED:
First year £145, then £140 per year
Weight:
1090 Kg
BIK Company Car Tax (2018/19):
21%
Price:
£15,275
Insurance group:
13
Power:
94 bhp
Max speed:
116 mph
0-62mph:
11 seconds
Torque:
118 lb ft @ 1500 - 3500 rpm