By Jay Khan, July 18, 2014
Model spec: Skoda Rapid Elegance Price: £19,325.00 Engine: 1.6-L, 4-Cyl, Turbo Diesel
BHP / Torque: 103 / 250 Max Speed: 118 CO2: 114g/km 0-62mph: 5.5 seconds
Economy/Range: 63mpg combined Tax: £30/year
“The Rapid is a feast at midnight, a cupcake if you will but without the butter cream and glitter”The Rapid’s interior is unashamedly trimmed in hard plastics throughout, overall the fit and finish is good but an ever present after taste of flimsiness lingers. The interior is well thought out and neatly designed, for a compact car, passenger space isn’t a premium or optional extra. The 1.6 TDi Elegance on test sits near the top end of Rapid ownership, at £17k equipment levels are quite sparse for a Skoda. Standard features like 16-inch tyres are good, chrome interior surrounds, epic. And where would the elbow rest with out the all important central arm rest. However options such as the Blue metallic paint (£495), Rear Parking Senor’s (£350) and Sat-Nav Pack (£550) bumps the price up too £19k. The Rapid, in this spec, begins to loose its value for money for like minded private buyer’s. The Rapid is ok to drive, the steering is responsive and sharpe, the handling is on the stiff side, yet there is still a bit of roll through the corners overall the ride is adequately comfortable on most surfaces. The 1.6 litre, 4-cylinder diesel is as good as ever relatively quiet with generous amounts of mid-range torque and the combined fuel economy of 63mpg rules supreme. Boot space is huge for a car designated as compact hatch, 506 litre’s as standard, with the seats folded flat cargo space increases to 1,586. Overall the Rapid is a feast at midnight, a cupcake if you will but without the butter cream and glitter.