The Skoda Rapid Spaceback.
The Skoda Rapid Spaceback. Mark Bean

Skoda launches Rapid Spaceback from $18,990

SKODA is squeezing another player into the small car space, with the Rapid Spaceback hitting showrooms with a retail price of $18,990.

Slotting between the Fabia and Octavia, the new Rapid blurs the line between hatch and wagon.

It's powered by a choice of two small turbo petrol engines. The price leader has a 77kW powerplant under the bonnet mated to a six-speed manual, while anyone chasing an automatic has to step up to the 90kW engine partnered with a seven-sped DSG from $21,890.

Basic equipment in Ambition spec includes 16-inch alloys, cruise control, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, multi-function trip computer, air-con, along with height adjustable seating for both front seats.

The Elegance models have 17-inch alloys, rear parking sensors, climate controlled air-con, automatic lights and wipers, fog lights with corner with the driver and privacy glass.

Awarded a five-star safety rating, the Rapid has six airbags and safety technology like stability control, tyre pressure monitoring and anti-lock brakes.

There are two optional extra packages available, with Style adding a massive panoramic glass roof, 17-inch black "Ray" alloy wheels, darker tail lights, black mirror caps and a glass extension onto the tailgate.

Sports packs add xenon headlights, front sports seats, rear parking sensors and cornering fog lights (in Ambition models), stainless steel pedals as well as a black interior décor strip.

Pricing
Rapid Spaceback Ambition 1.2 77TSI (m) $18,990
Rapid Spaceback Ambition 1.4 90TSI DSG $21,890
Rapid Spaceback Elegance 1.4 90TSI DSG $23,750
Style Pack [Ambition] $2100
Style Pack [Elegance] $1800
Sports Pack [Ambition] $1600
Sports Pack [Elegance] $1000
Sports Pack [Ambition with Style Pack] $1400
Sports Pack [Elegance with Style Pack] $1000

VITAL STATISTICS

Model: Skoda Rapid Spaceback.

Details: Two-wheel drive compact hatchback.

Engines: 1.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol generating maximum power of 77kW @ 5000rpm and peak torque of 175Nm @ 1550-4100rpm; 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol 90kW @ 5000rpm and 200Nm 1500-4000rpm.

Transmissions: Six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic.

Consumption: 77TSI - 5.4 litres/100km (combined average); 90TSI - 6.0L/100km.

CO2: 77TSI - 125g/km; 90TSI - 139g/km.

Performance: 0-100kmh in 10.2 seconds (m); 90TSI - 9.4 seconds.



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