Skoda tack­les Da­cia and Fiat in value-fo­cused clash

for the lat­est new cars and drives Facelifted Skoda Rapid Space­back meets Fiat Tipo and Da­cia Lo­gan MCV in prac­ti­cal small car bat­tle

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SKODA is on a roll, with the Oc­tavia Es­tate, Su­perb fam­ily car and Ko­diaq SUV all pick­ing up Auto Ex­press awards for be­ing at the top of their classes in 2017.

But the Rapid has never en­joyed the sales or crit­i­cal suc­cess of its sib­lings – so the brand has launched an up­dated ver­sion in a bid to re­dress mat­ters.

The Rapid Space­back is more of a tra­di­tional hatch than the nor­mal Rapid, and it’s the big­ger seller in the UK, so we’ve cho­sen that ver­sion to take on its clos­est ri­val, the Fiat Tipo, as well as an out­sider that should also be on your short­list: the Da­cia Lo­gan MCV, here in chunky, cross­over-style Step­way form.

The Rapid and Tipo sit in an odd class, some­where in be­tween su­per­mi­nis and fam­ily hatch­backs, and are de­signed to of­fer loads of space for not much cash. Ques­tion is, do they de­liver?

Da­cia’s model is more of an es­tate than a hatch, and it’s far cheaper than its ri­vals. But while it’s not as well equipped, it shares the same ‘lots of car for not a lot of money’ ethos as the other cars in this test. Read on and we’ll find out which model re­ally does of­fer the best value.

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