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2016 (16) ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback1.4 TDI CR 90 SE Sport 5dr

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Amundsen sat nav system + DABBluetooth system
Cruise controlOutside temperature gauge
PASService indicator
Trip computerVoice control system

Entertainment

6 speakersMulti device interface

Exterior Features

Aero wiper + intermittent functionBody colour bumpers
Body colour door handlesCornering front fog lights with black surround
Electric front windowsElectrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Heated rear windowHeight adjustable headlamps
Panoramic glass roofRadiator grille with chrome surround
Rear electric windowsRear wash/wipe
Sunset glass from b-pillar backTinted glass

Interior Features

12V socket in centre console and luggage area3 spoke multifunction steering wheel with audio and phone controls
60/40 split fold rear seat backCentre console with storage/cupholders
Climate control air conditioningCloth upholstery
Driver seat height adjustFront armrest with storage box
Front cupholdersFront seatback pocket
GloveboxHeight adjustable front headrests
Height adjustable rear head restraintsHeight/reach adjust steering wheel
Interior lightIsofix child seat preparation
Leather gaiterLeather handbrake lever
Luggage compartment lightingPassenger sunvisor with vanity mirror
Sports seatsStorage compartment in rear doors
Sunglasses storageTicket holder

Packs

Style pack - Rapid SE Sport 

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 switchSide airbags
Traction controlTwo tone horn
Tyre pressure monitor 

Security

Alarm/immobiliserAnti-theft wheel bolts
Remote control central locking 

Trim

Chrome interior trim 

Wheels

17" Savio 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)94NOx0.038
Particles0Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1422Compression Ratio16.2:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders3
Cylinders - Bore (mm)79.5Cylinders - Stroke (mm)95.5
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryCOMMON RAIL
Gears5 SPEEDNumber of Valves12
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)78.5EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)83.1EC Urban (mpg)67.3

General

Badge Engine CC1.4Badge Power90
Coin DescriptionTDI 90Coin SeriesSE Sport
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0714EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %69Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)11.6Engine Power - BHP90
Engine Power - KW66Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM3500Engine Torque - LBS.FT170
Engine Torque - MKG23.5Engine Torque - NM230
Engine Torque - RPM1750Top Speed114

Tyres

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

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1459Length4304
Wheelbase2602Width1706
Width (including mirrors)1940 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)55Gross Vehicle Weight1689
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1381Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)415
Max. Loading Weight535Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1100Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked610
Minimum Kerbweight1154No. 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 Spaceback

Skoda's Rapid Spaceback might well be at its most attractive in frugal 1.4 TDI guise. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

Is the 1.4 TDI diesel version of Skoda's recently improved Rapid Spaceback family hatch the car that best embodies the corporate ethos of this Czech brand? It's affordable to buy and cheap to run, but nevertheless offers decent quality and practicality. No, it's no thriller to drive but in offering more than you think for less than you expected, this family hatch is well worth consideration.

Background

It's probably fair to say that the Spaceback version of Skoda's Rapid has slipped under the public's radar a bit. Despite a name that appears to promise plenty of room in the back, this is nevertheless a smaller car than the standard Rapid model from which it's spun. Perhaps this is why customers are still a little baffled by the Spaceback. Nevertheless, it makes a lot of sense thanks to thoughtful design and now improved media connectivity. Especially in this frugally-focused 75PS 1.4-litre TDI diesel form.

Driving Experience

The 75PS 1.4-litre TDI diesel version of the Rapid Spaceback takes around 12s to get to 62mph en route to around 112mph. You get a set of low rolling resistance tyres that are a little less forgiving in the sidewall, making an already firm riding car that bit stiffer. There's also a brake energy recovery system that lends the pedal quite an aggressive feel. It's something that you'd get used to in a couple of days with the car but on first acquaintance you'll need to cultivate a sensitive right foot. The five-speed manual gearbox seems a bit old school for a car that seems to have left few stones unturned in its quest for economy and there's no option of a DSG twin-clutch transmission. Otherwise, this Rapid Spaceback runs on a similar platform to the Rapid hatch, so there aren't any great surprises regarding the way it drives. That means you get a fairly rudimentary chassis setup with a simple strut front suspension and a torsion beam rear end. The chassis is interesting though, using a front end that's been modified from the VW Polo while the rear chassis structure and suspension are identical to that which props up the posterior of the VW Beetle. It's similar to the Rapid hatch and shares its 2602mm wheelbase but breaks the tape at 180mm shorter due to a reduced rear overhang, giving it that perter appearance.

Design and Build

Updates made to this revised Rapid Spaceback 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. As before, we'd recommend the optional panoramic glass roof which combines neatly with a 'prolong' tinted rear screen for a contrasting look that works best on pale coloured cars. Inside, the ambience of the cabin has been lifted with new door inlays, while the airvents, the instruments and the air conditioning controls have been redesigned. That's all this interior really needed. It was, after all, already pretty practical, especially out back. Though you don't get the 515-litre luggage space of the standard Rapid bodyshape, the Spaceback's 415-litre trunk should still be quite sufficient for most families; that's around 100-litres more than you'd get in a rival Ford Focus. The luggage bay can be specified with a double floor to ensure that valuables are kept out of sight. Fold the 60/40 split rear seats and you get up to 1,380-litres of luggage capacity (down from 1490-litres in the standard Rapid).

Market and Model

Pricing starts from just over £16,000 for this 1.4-litre TDI diesel model in base 'S' guise. All variants get the equipment basics you'd expect, things like heated door mirrors, height-adjustable head rests and a reach-and-rake adjustable steering wheel. Inside, there's is a height-adjustable driver's seat, air-conditioning and a Maxi-DOT trip computer. As before, we'd recommend the extra-cost 'Style Pack' that includes a fixed panoramic sunroof, extended tailgate glass, a black rear spoiler, black door mirrors, black rear lights and black cornering front foglamps. As part of this 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

This 1.4-litre 75PS TDI diesel Rapid Spaceback should certainly be very economic to run. The figures suggest it can return over 75mpg on the combined cycle and well under 100g/km of CO2. What else? Well, with low Benefit in Kind (BIK) ratings, the Rapid Spaceback 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

It's tempting to think of the 1.4 TDI diesel version of the Skoda Rapid Spaceback as an ideal car for people who don't like cars. It's not a model that will induce any great passion. Instead, this is merely a very good tool to do a specific job, namely making the act of owning a car less onerous and costly than it need be. Look beyond that, however, and this entry-level diesel variant comes into its own. It's actually a very likeable thing. A car this economical and practical is a real enabler, something you'd take out for a drive when you'd probably leave a thirstier car in the garage. In that regard at least, the Rapid Spaceback 1.4 TDI turns back the clock, to a time when you might just go for a drive to see what's over the next horizon. Yes, you could spend more on a car with a flashier badge or a more adventurously-styled interior but you'd be trading off an element of freedom. Skoda might have finally hit upon the right stuff with this one.

Performance
50%
Handling
50%
Comfort
50%
Space
80%
Styling
70%
Build
70%
Value
80%
Equipment
70%
Economy
90%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
80%

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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