The Skoda Rapid Spaceback has always been a model that majored on value, with prices starting at well under £15,000, however the Czech company has seen fit to slash prices dramatically, to keep this compact hatchback competitive against a raft of affordable rivals.
With between £1,290 and £1,905 cut from list prices the Rapid Spaceback is now available from £13,500 for the entry-level 1.2-litre petrol to £18,660 for the range-topping diesel. Three trim levels are available – S, SE Tech and SE Sport,
The cheapest model features a 89bhp turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol motor, which is punchy enough to power the Rapid to 62mph in a reasonable 11.2 seconds, with claimed economy standing at a strong 60.1mpg. Car tax should also set buyers back a meagre £20 per year.
The model which sees the greatest saving, though, is the 1.4 TSI 125 DSG SE Tech, which is now on sale at £16,390 – a drop of £1,905. With a turbocharged 1.4-litre motor under the bonnet this Rapid takes a brisk 8.9 seconds to accelerate to 62mph, though claimed economy is still impressive at 58.9mpg. Car tax will cost buyers just £30 every year.
Topping the range alongside an automatic version of the 1.4-litre diesel is the 113bhp 1.6-litre diesel, which powers the Rapid Spaceback to 62mph in 9.9 seconds and is capable of 67.3mpg. Prices for this model now start at £17,100 rising to £18,300.