Skoda will launch the Rapid Spaceback at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The firm describes it as its first ever family hatchback five-door.
Adopting the model of Audi’s A3 Sportback, it adds Avant estate-style practicality to the regular Rapid, despite the saloon-look standard car also having a hatchback boot.
But then, Skoda is also the company that gives us the Superb, which is a saloon AND a hatchback rolled into one. It’s thus not one to follow convention.
The very appealing Rapid Spaceback lives up to its name by offering a 415-litre boot even with the seats up. Family hatchback rarely top 400 litres, and you often need an estate to approach the 1380 litres that’s realised when the seats are folded. It’s a very practical car indeed.
Skoda is also promising “the highest levels of knee-and headroom in the class”.
Engines include a 99g/km CO2 Greenline variant and the firm also offers a host of options that include, intriguingly, extended glazing for the tailgate.
Like all recent new Skodas, it also has an ice scraper built into the fuel filler cap.
MR Thinks… The Skoda Rapid Spaceback is the car the regular Rapid should have been all along. That car feels like a world market budget-targeted special: this is much more European and contemporary. We feel it will do well, and certainly outsell the regular Rapid.