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For large-car space at a price to shame most superminis, look no further than the Skoda Rapid. We’ve scoured the internet to find the hottest money-saving deals.
Anyone who remembers the rear-engined Skoda Rapid of the 1980s will be pleasantly surprised by the current car. Gone are the twitchy handling and communist build quality, replaced by a stoutly sensible hatchback that shares its underpinnings with the Volkswagen Polo.
Skoda Rapid has a traditional saloon silhouette and looks like a shrunken Octavia
The Skoda Rapid hatchback, launched in 2012, is one of the most spacious cars in its class. We measured boot space at a whopping 505 litres up to the parcel shelf, compared to just 345 litres for a Ford Focus. The more stylish Rapid Spaceback followed in 2013, although it’s less spacious and slightly more expensive. Luckily, we’ve found discounts on both.
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Save 25% on Skoda Rapid hatchback 1.2 MPI S
One Rapid that doesn’t really live up to its name is the entry-level 1.2-litre MPI S. With a 75bhp petrol engine under its bonnet, 0-62mph takes a leisurely 13.9 seconds. However, if you’re not fussed about tarmac-tearing performance, the basic Rapid has a lot going for it – not least a price tag of just £9,811 if you buy one at Carfile. That’s a discount of £3,194 on the manufacturer’s list price.
The Rapid MPI S is short on luxuries, but it has all the safety equipment you’d expect, including side and curtain airbags, plus Isofix mountings for child car seats. Families on a budget could do a lot worse.
Newer Rapid Spaceback is more stylish, but has a smaller boot
£3,712 discount on Skoda Rapid 1.2 TSI 105
Here’s another 1.2-litre petrol-engined Skoda Rapid, but this one is significantly pricier, at £12,863. Why the difference? Well, it’s partly down to the 1.2 TSI turbocharged engine, which develops 105bhp – a healthy 30bhp more than the MPI unit.
The other reason for this car’s higher price is the spec. In contrast to the bare-bones model above, the Rapid GreenTech Elegance comes fully loaded with climate control air-con, Bluetooth, electric windows front and rear, cruise control, rear parking sensors and more. Follow the link to Carfile to save an impressive £3,712.
Get 14% off a new Rapid Spaceback 1.6 diesel
Lastly, we’ve found a discount on one of the most desirable models in the Rapid range – a diesel-engined Spaceback. The thrifty 1.6 TDI CR 90 engine returns claimed fuel economy of 62.8mpg, keeping your fuel bills low. And this car is fitted with the VW Group’s excellent DSG semi-automatic gearbox, which makes light work of town traffic.
Again, this car is in basic S specification, but a saving of £2,405 on list price – bringing the total to £14,840 – is not to be sniffed at. Click the link to Discounted New Cars to find out more.
Hot Car Deals:
- Skoda Rapid 1.2 MPI S – £9,811 at Carfile
- Skoda Rapid 1.2 TSI 105 GreenTech Elegance – £12,863 at Carfile
- Skoda Rapid Spaceback 1.6 TDI CR 90 S DSG – £14,840 at Discounted New Cars
Hot Car Deal hunters please note:
- The car brokers and deals featured are not vetted, endorsed or recommended by Which?. Always check the specifics of the deal so you know exactly what you are getting and who is supplying the car. Make sure all aspects of the deal are confirmed in writing before committing to buy.
- Not all brokers deal in UK sourced vehicles, and this may have an impact on standard equipment and warranty levels.
- The term ‘pre-reg’ or ‘pre-registered’ refers to vehicles that are brand new but already registered with the DVLA. This means that you will appear as the second owner on the V5 registration document.
- Beware of unscrupulous brokers who tell you they will have to retain the V5 registration document for a period of time after your purchase of the car. Vehicles sold this way may be cheap, but there are legal implications, including the risk that you the buyer could be committing a criminal offence when you drive the car, so they should be avoided.