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
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.