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Brand New 17 Plate Skoda Rapid 1.0 TSI 110 Sport 5dr

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Bluetooth systemOutside temperature gauge
PASService indicator
Trip computer 

Entertainment

6 speakersAux input
Multi device interfaceRadio
SD card slot 

Exterior Features

Aero wiper + intermittent functionBody colour bumpers
Body colour door handlesBody colour door mirrors
Daytime running lightsElectric front windows
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrorsFront fog lights
Heated rear windowHeight adjustable headlamps
Privacy glassRadiator grille with chrome surround
Rear electric windowsRear spoiler
Rear wash/wipeTinted glass

Interior Features

12V socket in centre console60/40 split fold rear seat back
Centre console with storage/cupholdersCloth upholstery
Driver seat height adjustDriver's sun visor with vanity mirror
Front cupholdersFront seatback pocket
GloveboxHeight adjustable front headrests
Height adjustable rear head restraintsHeight/reach adjust steering wheel
Interior lightIsofix child seat preparation
Leather gaiterLeather gear knob
Leather handbrake leverLuggage compartment lighting
Passenger sunvisor with vanity mirrorSports pedals
Sports seatsStorage compartment in rear doors
Sunglasses storageTicket holder
Umbrella under front passenger seat 

Safety

3x3 point rear seatbeltsABS+ASR+MSR
Curtain airbagsDriver and passenger airbags
Driver seatbelt warning indicatorESP
Fuel cut off safety deviceHBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
Passenger airbag deactivate switchPredictive pedestrian protection
Side airbagsTraction control
Tyre pressure monitor 

Security

Alarm/immobiliserRemote control central locking

Trim

Piano black decorative inserts 

Wheels

17" Blade black alloy wheels
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)106NOx0.022
Particles0.0009Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC999Compression Ratio10.5:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders3
Cylinders - Bore (mm)74.5Cylinders - Stroke (mm)76.4
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryTURBO INJECTION
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves12
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)61.4EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)70.6EC Urban (mpg)51.4

General

Badge Engine CC1.0Badge Power110
Coin DescriptionTSI 110Coin SeriesSport
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0717EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %94
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %80NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %69NCAP Safety Assist %71
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)9.8Engine Power - BHP110
Engine Power - KW81Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5000Engine Torque - LBS.FT148
Engine Torque - MKG20.4Engine Torque - NM200
Engine Torque - RPM2000Top Speed124

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front215/40 R17
Tyre Size Rear215/40 R17Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleBLADEWheel Type17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1461Length4483
Wheelbase2602Width1706
Width (including mirrors)1940 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)55Gross Vehicle Weight1650
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1490Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)550
Max. Loading Weight535Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1200Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked590
Minimum Kerbweight1115No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.2
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Skoda Rapid

Those with long memories will recall Skoda's original Rapid model of the Eighties. This one is nothing like it. Jonathan Crouch reports on the improved version of Skoda's family hatchback contender.

Ten Second Review

Skoda offers separate Rapid and Rapid Spaceback models for family hatchback buyers. It's the Rapid we look at here, which will be the car that'll most appeal to buyers seeking space. Rapidity may not be high on this car's agenda but with proven mechanicals and a refreshing lack of gimmickry, it aims to appeal to an assured kind of buyer who doesn't need to hide behind a badge to impress others. In other words, the kind of person who's traditionally bought a Skoda will probably very much like this one.

Background

Back in the 1930s, the Skoda Rapid helped its Czech brand to become one of the largest automotive makers in Eastern Europe. And, with history repeating itself as it often does, this car, another Skoda Rapid, aims to play its part in accomplishing exactly the same thing. Which will mean a lot if the company can manage it. Eastern Europe, after all, is these days where virtually all the market's increasingly strong-selling budget brand cars are built, with Hyundai, Kia and Dacia factories respectively churning out i30, cee'd and Sandero models all aimed at the Focus-sized family hatchback sector which this Rapid arrived to target at the end of 2012. This was a segment Skoda used to serve with its Octavia model, but with that becoming much larger and medium range Mondeo-sized in third generation form, a gap opened up in the marque's line-up that this Rapid has slotted right into. Not that this is a conventional offering for Focus folk. Those wanting that can opt for the Czech brand's more conventional-looking Rapid Spaceback bodystyle. The Rapid, in contrast, is much more like old Octavia models used to be, offering a simple, spacious, value-orientated, no-nonsense approach to family travel. Developed alongside SEAT's virtually identical Toledo, it's true to Skoda's core values, costing you a little less yet offering you a little more, with starting prices pitched a shade below the family hatchback norm and cabin space, particularly in the boot, a little above it.

Driving Experience

'Effective' is a word you keep coming back to after a drive in this car. There's nothing particularly enjoyable about the way it goes about its business, but most likely buyers don't seek that in an affordable five-door family car. In any case, there are plenty of other attributes on offer that target customers will probably value more highly. They might find the ride a little on the firm side of comfortable but they'll very much like the narrow body that makes parking and road width restrictions easier to negotiate aided by the excellent all-round visibility, the light, consistently-weighted controls and the simple switchgear that, thank goodness, features a proper conventional handbrake. Let's get the under-bonnet stuff out of the way, the big news being that this revised model is offering two completely new petrol engines, 95 and 110PS versions of the VW Group's three cylinder 1.0-litre TSI unit. There's also a 125PS 1.4 TSI option. Otherwise, it's a diesel-only choice, either a 75PS 1.4 TDI or a 115PS 1.6 TDI. The 1.6-litre diesel powerplant certainly gives you more pulling power, but then it needs it thanks to the additional heaviness that the TDI unit adds to a kerb weight that on petrol models is significantly lighter than on other family hatchback rivals. Which makes petrol versions of this car actually quite agile through the twisty stuff if you really need them to be. You just won't find yourself seeking excuses to put that to the test.

Design and Build

I'll need to tell you that this car was styled by the same man, Jozef Kaban, who penned the million pound Bugatti Veyron supercar, for it's not something you'd guess on first acquaintance with this smart, clean but rather conventional shape. Actually, it's not very conventional at all by class standards, at around 4.5m long and under 2m wide significantly longer but slightly narrower than the Focus-sized family hatchback class norm. Updates made to this revised Rapid model are subtle and mostly limited to plusher trim levels. At the front, there are modified foglights, a redesigned bumper and plush variants get some extra chrome, plus the headlamps can be ordered with bi-xenon beams. At the rear, the tail lights now have black-tinted covers and can be ordered in LED form. Otherwise, it's as you were. Out back, you lift a wide-opening tailgate that rises to reveal a simply enormous 550-litre boot, extendable to 1,490-litres and with a clever (but optional) double-faced floor carpet option that almost all owners will want. In other words, you're looking here at the kind of carriage capacity you'd get from a typical estate bodystyle in this segment. That's why, in contrast to rivals, the Rapid range doesn't need to offer one. It does however, include a slightly smaller but arguably more stylish Spaceback five-door hatchback variant. At the wheel, those familiar with the brand will feel quite at home. As usual with Skodas, the design is clean, functional but not particularly exciting, with many of the surfaces quite hard to the touch and things like the unlined storage bins suggestive of budget brand pricing. Still, everything is nicely laid out and seemingly built to last and there are plenty of useful nooks and crannies.

Market and Model

Though list pricing suggests that you should expect to pay somewhere in the £16,000 to £20,000 bracket for your Rapid, I think you'd do better to budget from around £17,000, thereby avoiding the rather feeble least powerful petrol model and allowing for a couple of well-chosen extras on top of the cost of the 110PS petrol 1.0 TSI variant that arguably represents the sweet spot in the range. Europe isn't getting the saloon version of this car offered to Chinese and Indian buyers, but British customers do get a choice either of the hatch model we've been looking at here or a more conventionally styled 'Spaceback' version - which is slightly smaller inside. As part of the most recent model upgrade, Skoda has introduced plenty of extra tech to the car, a good example of that being the optional 'Skoda Connect services' package. This consists of two things; 'Infotainment Online' gives you online traffic information and can update you on things like fuel prices, parking spaces, current news and weather. Then there are the so-called 'CareConnect Services' which allow you to monitor your car from your smartphone, plus the set-up includes a breakdown call function and will automatically alert the emergency services if the airbags go off in an accident. There's plenty of safety tech too, including 'Front Assist' autonomous braking, fatigue detection and 'multi-collision brake' which after you've hit something, applies the brakes to stop you from going on to hit something else.

Cost of Ownership

If you really want an efficient drive from your Rapid, you'll need to plump for the 1.4-litre TDI 90PS diesel, a variant able to deliver 72.4mpg on the combined cycle and 101g/km of CO2. Stretch to the 115PS 1.6-litre TDI diesel and those figures rise to 74.3mpg and 109g/km. Petrol people can expect an impressive showing too. An average of around 65mpg should be quite possible with the 1.0-litre TSI engine in both its forms, plus the unit can get close to the important 100g/km of CO2 threshold. What else? Well, with low Benefit in Kind (BIK) ratings, the Rapid is expected to provide a boost to the brand's rapidly expanding fleet sales. And it'll probably help here that maintenance costs will be affordable, with a choice between servicing regimes based or either fixed or variable mileages, depending on whether the annual distance you cover is short or long. There's a three year/60,000 mile warranty that you can extend to four or five years if you wish.

Summary

Skoda understands its customers. Ease of ownership, value pricing and solid build are all priorities - and all satisfied here by this Rapid. That the brand can deliver more sophistication than this is not in doubt - the larger Octavia demonstrates that. But the point here is that a significant number of customers just don't need it. People being targeted precisely by this car. It competes against many Focus-class family hatchbacks that feel more sophisticated, drive more dynamically or feature higher-tech trimmings. But almost all of these are smaller, less versatile and more expensive. At the end of the day, it depends on what you want. This isn't a car that'll leap out of a glossy brochure into your mental driveway - but then, day-to-day living isn't really very much like the pages of a glossy brochure. It's a rain-soaked, commuting-congested, family-frantic thing. After a few days of which, at the wheel of one of these, you might rapidly come to the conclusion that though Skoda's take on affordable family motoring may not be what you once dreamt of, it could actually be what you need. Such is life.

Performance
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Handling
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Comfort
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Space
80%
Styling
70%
Build
70%
Value
80%
Equipment
70%
Economy
80%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
80%
* This vehicle is affected by the new 2017 road tax rules. Find out more

Personal contract purchase (PCP)

Representative finance example
Monthly payment£256
Deposit£256
Term (months)42
Fixed interest rate2.82%
Cash price£16,695
Skoda deposit£1800
Credit amount£14,639
Completion fee£10
Guaranteed future value£5113.46
Total amount payable£17,675.46
Contract mileage28000
Excess mileage charge3.6p per mile
APRFixed 2.9% APR representative

The benefits of PCP

  • Low monthly payments
  • A new car every three or four years
  • Flexible mileage options available
  • Pay the guaranteed future value at the end of your contract if you want to buy the car
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