Value and practical advantages are what help ŠKODA cars stand apart from the rest, and the Rapid family car is no exception. A vast range of optional upgrades and accessories gives you the freedom to make the hatchback exactly what you need it to be.
The Rapid was the first model to be revealed with ŠKODA's next-generation design language. Well-defined rectangular headlights and daytime running lights give the front face a confident, expressive atmosphere. An athletic look has also been created by deep sculpting along the doors and side panels. Rear window heating clears the screen more quickly on cold and icy days, and the heated door mirrors increase all-round visibility.
Sweeping body lines conceal a generous amount of space in the cabin. The car offers you more room than many of its closest rivals, transporting up to five without feeling cramped. It keeps you comfortable, with a dust and pollen filter improving the air quality. Easy seat and steering column adjustment makes it simpler for more than one person to take turns driving.
Thoughtful storage throughout the Rapid ensures you can always have everything you need to hand. Cup holders are built into the centre console, and storage pockets are also part of the inner door design. Split folding rear seats increase the boot volume when there are fewer passengers, to as much as 1,490 litres. That ensures space for a wheelchair or scooter, luggage, shopping or other bulky equipment.
ŠKODA provides four trim levels: S, SE, Sport and SE L. 1.2-litre, 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines are available across the line-up. The higher-capacity engines can be mated to a dual-stage automatic gearbox, with a manual transmission in all other models. For the petrol versions, an anti-misfuel insert helpfully warns you if you try to top up with diesel by accident.
Pacy acceleration shows how the Rapid lives up to its name. It boasts a 0-60mph time of close to nine seconds. To gain the highest fuel economy level from the car, choose the 1.4-litre 89bhp diesel as an automatic. As much as 74.3mpg combined is achievable, boosted by fuel-saving engine stop/start technology.
Five stars for safety is a benchmark drivers have come to expect from ŠKODA cars. The Rapid has been awarded this high score in Euro NCAP testing. Entry-level equipment includes front, curtain and side airbags, as well as ISOFIX points in the rear for baby and toddler seats. The Electronic Stability Control is a constant driver assistance, supplemented by various traction, braking and stability aids.
ŠKODA's many advances in vehicle engineering extend to the in-car technology systems. DAB digital radio and Bluetooth® are optional, with higher equipment levels offering Amundsen touchscreen navigation, parking sensors and SmartLink infotainment as other choices.
The ŠKODA Rapid is available to Motability Scheme customers, and can be chosen from our Azur ŠKODA dealership now. Come to the showroom in Chichester to learn more about the vehicle – or contact us online or by phone.