Skoda Rapid Space­back CE

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

I DON’T need to tell you that Škoda’s cars are about as far from the joke they once were as can be.

In fact, rather than laugh­ing when you see one at close quar­ters, it would seem you’re much more likely to get your wal­let out and buy one.

Škoda’s sales are go­ing through the prover­bial roof, and one car in par­tic­u­lar, which just hap­pens to be this week’s test car, is do­ing es­pe­cially well.

Škoda sold 82,800 cars in July, that num­ber is up 18.8pc year-on-year. But sales of the Rapid model in July were up to 19,400, a rise of an in­cred­i­ble 156.9pc over the same month last year.

We took the Škoda Rapid Space­back SE for a spin this week to see what all the fuss is about.

Sales of the Rapid be­gan back in 2012. It’s a small fam­ily hatch­back built on a VW plat­form also used for the Seat Toledo (and built in the same Škoda fac­tory in Mladá Boleslav).

The Space­back vari­ant was in­tro­duced last year and is sell­ing well.

Its slightly shorter, more sporty look might ap­peal to those who like to pre­tend their sen­si­ble side comes with a bit of bite.

It’s a cheaper op­tion for the Ford Fo­cus and VW Golf mar­ket, and it does a very good job of it, too.

Our model boasted a 1.6 Tdi 105PS en­gine, a straight­for­ward fivespeed man­ual gear­box, as well as a com­bined econ­omy fig­ure of 64mpg – again, not ex­actly spec­tac­u­lar, but more than ac­cept­able.

Sport­ing a £17,930 on the road price, the Space­back is not ex­actly the cheap op­tion you might ex­pect. But it ob­vi­ously doesn’t need to be judg­ing by the sales fig­ures.

●● The sporty Skoda Rapid Space­back SE

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