Skoda Rapid Spaceback CE
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