Skoda has expanded the Rapid range with the launch of the new Spaceback. The Spaceback is the company’s first hatchback to compete in the high-volume compact segment.
Priced from €17,495, models will be in dealerships later this month as part of Skoda’s Open Week event. The Rapid Spaceback is priced €200 below the Rapid saloon on petrol models and the same as the saloon for diesel versions.
To mark the launch, dealerships are holding an Open Week from Tuesday, October 29 to Saturday, November 2. Motorists can test drive the Rapid Spaceback and avail of special introductory offers.
Buyers will be given a free 3-year service plan with every Rapid. With early orders Sat Nav and cruise control will be provided for €249. Dealers are providing finance from just 1.9% APR.
Although the Spaceback measures 18 centimetres less than the Rapid saloon, passenger space is just as generous and offers the largest legroom (64 millimetres) and the largest rear headroom (980 millimetres) in its segment. At 415 litres, or 1,380 litres with the rear seat folded down, boot volumes are among the best in the segment.
There are three trim levels - Active, Ambition and Elegance. Air Conditioning and 15” alloy wheels are standard with Ambition while the Elegance receives 16” wheels and climate control.
The Rapid Spaceback will be offered with a choice of petrol and diesel engines ranging from 86bhp to 122bhp. The range starts with the 86bhp 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine (€200 Road Tax), which is expected to be the volume seller.
This is followed by the 105bhp 1.2-litre TSI (€270 road tax) and at the top of the petrol range is the 1.4-litre TSI with 122bhp (€280 road tax) that uses the 7-speed DSG double clutch automatic gearbox. Prices start from €17,495.
The diesel Rapid Spaceback uses the 90bhp 1.6-litre TDI engine (€200 road tax) with a choice of manual or DSG transmissions. Prices start from €19,495.
The unique selling point of the Spaceback is the Style Pack from €1,220 that adds a full length fixed panoramic glass sunroof, glass tailgate and other black design elements such as 17” sports alloy wheels and a sports steering wheel. These items individually equate to €2,000 representing a saving of €780 for the consumer.
There is also the option of a Technical Pack which adds the Amunsden Sat Nav System and Cruise Control for just €249, a saving of €551 for consumers.
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