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Skoda Rapid 1.2 TSI 86 ps GreenTech

Skoda Rapid 1.2 TSI 86 ps GreenTech

Family Cars

3. Skoda Rapid

Model/Engine size:
Skoda Rapid 1.2 TSI 86 ps GreenTech
Fuel:
Petrol
Fuel economy combined:
57.7 mpg
Skoda Rapid 1.2 TSI 86 ps GreenTech

Summary

No it’s not the magnificent Aston Martin Rapide, this is the ironically named Skoda Rapid. It may be a bit of a silly name for a family car but don’t let that put you off. The Rapid just sneaks into this category because of its fastback design. Whilst interior space is broadly comparable to our Small Family Car contenders, the Rapid’s 550 litres of boot space is something that they can only dream of.

One of the major benefits of starting with a small family car and adding a bigger boot is that the Rapid is admirably light, in fact it weighs less than some Superminis. This benefits fuel economy and allows the 85 bhp 1.2 TSI engine to provide sensible performance. The other major benefit is that it offers stonkingly great value. This is a lot of car for the money.

As we have come to expect from Skoda, the bargain price doesn’t mean cheap and nasty. In fact if you’ve been in any VW Group cars recently you’ll recognise all of the switchgear. The Rapid could happily wear a VW badge without looking out of place, the only downside of this is that it isn’t terribly exciting to look at.

It seems somehow fitting that the 1.2 TSI engine suits this character perfectly. With 87 lb.ft of torque available from an admirably low 1,500 rpm all the way to 3,500 rpm, and 85 bhp arriving at a very leisurely 4,800 rpm, it’s workman-like, if unspectacular. The Rapid isn’t a scruff of the neck type of car, so the accessible torque curve fits the bill nicely.

The Rapid is a quality product which offers practicality, efficiency and value in spades. It is cheaper than many Small Family Cars whilst also offering substantially more boot space which makes it a genuine bargain in our book. The only downside is that it does lack design flair.

Read our full Skoda Rapid review

Specifications

Fuel economy, extra urban:
65.7 mpg
Fuel economy, urban:
47.9 mpg
CO2 emissions:
114 g/km
Green rating:
VED band C - first year £0
Weight:
1086 Kg
Company car tax liability ( 2015/16 ):
17%
Price:
£14,390
Insurance group:
10
Power:
85 bhp
Max speed:
114 mph
0-62mph:
11.8 seconds
Euro 6:
No