2014 Skoda Rapid Spaceback UnveiledMonday, July 15, 2013 14:42 by Arman Barari
Following a couple of teasers Skoda now takes the wraps off the Rapid Spaceback, revealing a sporty estate car for those who may find the standard car a tad bland. Maybe they should have called it the Sportback. Not to be mistaken with a RS model, the Rapid Spaceback gets distinctive visual features, and a couple of frugal engines.
On the outside, a two-tone finish with a blacked-out roof – featuring a large panoramic glass roof – and a spoiler give the car a unique look, while black mirrors and smoked lights add nice little touches to it. Large sporty wheels are also included as standard. A prominent grille with 19 vertical ribs and a chrome frame finish off the exterior.
Inside, a couple of sporty features are added to the large and spacious cabin to make it feel a bit more special. They include sporty three-spoke steering wheels, stylish trim lines and fresh designs for the seat covers.
Practical as ever, this Rapid boasts the largest legroom (64 millimeters) and the largest headroom (980 millimeters) in its segment. Cargo space is 415 liters, expandable to 1,380 liters with the rear seats folded down.
Engine-wise, the Skoda Rapid Spaceback is available with four petrol and two diesel engines, including a ultra-frugal 90 PS 1.6 TDI unit from the GreenLine family that averages 3.8 liters/100 km equating to 99 g/km Co2. Other choices include 1.2 liter TSI unit with 75, 85, and 102 PS outputs; a 1.4 liter TSI with 122 PS; and a 105 PS version of the 1.6 liter TDI.