Launch Pad: Skoda Rapid Spaceback


Today’s launch is for the Skoda Rapid Spaceback, the Skoda equivalent of style over substance, writes CJ Hubbard.

Which is to say, there’s still a great deal of the latter and you can make your own mind up about the former.

To explain. Despite the Spaceback name, the new car actually has less boot space than the standard Rapid – itself already confusing since it’s a hatchback that looks like a saloon, and sits between conventional car classes. But it still rocks 415 litres minimum, comfortably more than, say, a Golf.

To compensate, the Spaceback not only benefits from that improved backend – and loses 18cms in length in the process – it also gets extra standard equipment. Plus the option if an enormous glass roof.

Better yet, the suspension has been revised to make it more comfortable – but this is coming to the regular Rapid, too. The jury’s out on the electric power steering at this stage, but this is new as well.

So, could this be the car to make Skoda cool? Doubtful, but I’m still looking forward to trying it out.

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