Review: ŠKODA RapideBy Chris Walsh
November 27, 2012
ŠKODA is pursuing its model offensive by presenting the world with a new compact saloon: the ŠKODA Rapid.
Just a few months after the introduction of the Citigo subcompact, the brand’s newest addition is set to play a central role in the company’s burgeoning growth strategy.
And with a decent amount of cabin space, appealing design and an excellent level of value, the Rapide is sure to become the next success story from the plucky Czech brand.
Appealing proportions, cleanly modelled surfaces and sharply drawn lines combine to create an attractive overall appearance.
The front end displays a new take on typical ŠKODA design element and a brand new logo sits proudly on the rounded front edge of
The grille carries over the usual chrome frame and the headlight ensemble is grouped at the front to complete a distinctive and well-finished face.
Look around the rest of the car and you’ll find a wheelbase that carries a hint of the coupé-like silhouette found in similar cars of this type and the sharp ‘tornado’ line really helps to promote the shade and relief of tone across the bodywork.
At the rear, the car’s tailgate is incorporated into the design element and the distinctly shaped taillights combine
to make this ŠKODA both unmistakable and genuinely desirable.
The entry-level Rapid comes with an honest level of standard equipment.
Every model gets remote central locking, curtain airbags, daytime running lights and electric front windows. SE trim adds alloy wheels, body coloured door mirrors and handles, air- conditioning, a trip computer, a Multi Device Interface, a leather steering wheel and
But buyers opting for range-topping Elegance models benefit from 16-inch alloys,cornering front fog lamps, cruise control, rear electric windows and a four spoke multi-functional steering wheel.
Four petrol and one diesel is available under the bonnet of the Rapid, mated either to a five or six-speed manual transmissions or a seven-speed automatic DSG.
The Rapid offers the usual value for money mixed with decent running costs and CO2 emissions.
Starting from 114g/km of CO2 (on the 1.6-litre TDI CR 105PS) and insurance ratings starting as low as 7E (for the 1.2-litre 75PS).
With Benefit in Kind (BIK) ratings from only 14%, the Rapid is expected to provide a boost to the brand’s rapidly expanding fleet sales. The Rapid is the seventh car in the brand’s award-winning range, and will sell alongside the Citigo, Fabia, Octavia, Superb,
Roomster and Yeti.
Production began last month at the company’s plant in Mladá Boleslav in the Czech Republic.
On-the-road pricing starts from £12,900 for the Rapid 1.2-litre 75PS in entry level S trim, rising to £17,850 for the Rapid 1.6 TDI CR 105PS in flagship Elegance grade.