Rapid Spaceback SE Sport 1.0 TSI 110PS
latest family-friendly Rapid
Spaceback range is now available
with a pokey and economical
turboed 1.0-litre three-pot petrol
engine under the bonnet...
ENGINE OPTION makes the perfect cornerstone for the Spaceback, whose compact
exterior dimensions (4.3 metres long) and comparatively spacious interior have
already made it extremely popular with families.
also an ideal vehicle for drivers who don't want to spend a fortune but need
to carry four passengers or a lot of stuff and, like most everyone else, aren't
happy when they're out unless they're connected.
The 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine comes in two power grades 93bhp and 108bhp
(110PS) and in its stronger guise it's a peachy performer. Not only does
it make a characterful sound while hitting 0-62mph in a purposeful 9.8 seconds
but, officially, can squeeze 61.4 miles out of a single gallon of unleaded.
And there's plenty more to like, starting with the looks which are sharp but
nicely understated and which promise to retain their appeal for some
years to come. Size-wise the Sportback five-door hatch sits midway between Skoda's
supermini, the Fabia, and the brand's larger Octavia hatch, and is similarly
sized to a Golf or Focus.
Fronted by a sloping chrome-framed black grille bordered by clean-cut headlights
underscored by daytime running lights and topped by a clam-shell-style bonnet,
the lines run back along sculpted doors and flat-cut wheelarches wrapped around
black ten-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels wearing 40-profile Bridgestones, continuing
on to the smoothly finished tailgate with a short overhang.
a real livewire
spinning up smoothly
and pulling eagerly from
not much above
tickover; and it doesnt
stop for breath all the
way up to the redline.
stuck in a conga because
plenty of zip for
Choose the SE Sport version and along with black door mirror skins and privacy
glass you also get a black roof spoiler, 'black-look' extended tailgate glass,
and black-edged distinctive C-shape rear light units.
There are other powerplants (88bhp 1.4 and 114bhp 1.6, both TDI diesels) but
the turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol-drinker is the one to choose, especially in
its gutsier 108bhp showing. There's no DSG auto option but the standard-spec
six-speed manual gearbox will quickly stop you fretting about that.
It's a real livewire, this three-pot, spinning up smoothly and pulling eagerly
from not much above tickover; and it doesn't stop for breath all the way up
to the redline. Meaning you'll rarely get stuck in a conga because there's plenty
of zip for safe overtakes.
Like many three-cylinder engines, this turboed 1.0-litre puts out a charismatic
signature 'thrum' when you work it hard although most of the time, and particularly
when you're cruising, it's very quiet. Talking of which, the gear-change action
is light and slick and the bite from the clutch nicely fettled, so you won't
be missing an autobox, not even in commuter traffic.
999cc might fool some people into underrating its performance ability but this
Skoda 'triple' is quick off the mark, serving up the benchmark 0-62mph dash
in a very respectable 9.8 seconds. Flat out it will run to a legal-limit topping
123mph an indication that it would (but not here, honest Guv) is that
even in sixth on motorways, in-gear pick-up is clean and determined.
gearbox's six ratios are, as you'd expect in a family-oriented hatchback, stacked
to benefit economy; and it shows at the pumps officially 61.4mpg is the
figure but real-world drivers can expect to see better than the 49.3mpg MotorBar's
roadtest team managed and remember, they absolutely weren't trying
to drive economically! More good news: along with a fuel consumption that is
among the best in class, the three-pot is clean-running, with a palatable 106g/km
of CO2 emissions.
the Spaceback just
gets on with, taking you
along in a stress-free,
flick it through some
bends and youll
that body control is
equally well managed
than enough grip
to go round...
is something the Spaceback just gets on with, taking you along in a stress-free,
predictable manner; flick it through some bends and you'll find that body control
is equally well managed and there's more than enough grip to go round.
Decent bump absorption means broken blacktop doesn't do much to upset it
or you. The power steering delivers decent turn-in, assistance levels and self-centring
that help the Sportback cruise motorways with ease, where it feels reassuringly
well planted even on gusty, rain-soaked days. And you won't find anything to
complain about when it comes to the brakes.
The cabin is refreshingly uncluttered with a smart dash (with classy hi-gloss
inserts) and a logical place for everything. The de-rigueur infotainment system
is fronted by a 6.5-inch touchscreen inset in the top of the centre stack
an Amundsen system that's also home to the SatNav with 3D mapping and postcode
input. Other standard-fit entertainment items include Bluetooth, an SD card
slot, USB port and Aux-in socket, and six speakers. The optional (£150) SmartLink+
feature adds complete online connectivity including live traffic reports and
smartphone linkage via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink.
Physical comfort comes in the shape of some very inviting sporty front seats
upholstered in a quilted fabric that feels as good as it looks. You won't need
any lumbar adjustment because the amount that's built-in is just fine; as confirmed
by one of our testers who suffers from a bad back (a nod from Maggie is always
a good barometer of seat comfort and support). And the bolstering provides effective
sideways location so you won't be hanging onto the wheel in the twisties either.
fistful of headroom and decent legroom ensure no body parts will be rubbed or
banged, even if you up the pace; not your shoulders, and not even an elbow with
that of your front passenger. The sporty, all-black, three-spoke, multifunction
(driver's computer plus voice for the radio, navigation, phone and media) steering
wheel is satisfying to hold and use, and placing the Spaceback is easy-peasy
thanks to clear forward and to-the-side visibility.
in the shape of some
very inviting sporty front
seats upholstered in a
quilted fabric that feels
as good as it looks;
and the bolstering
provides effective sideways location so you
onto the wheel
in the twisties...
Adding considerably to the ambiance is a panoramic glass roof that guarantees
a light and airy cabin even on the gloomiest of winter days. For Indian summers,
individual blinds allow sun-worshippers to indulge while those who prefer to
stay in the shade can.
will be glad of the clear white-on- black dials and the multi-function driver's
trip computer set between them which shows, among other things, that crucial
digital road speed readout.
Other kit not mentioned elsewhere includes the very efficient climate control
AirCon, tinted and privacy glass, four electric windows (the driver's with one-shot
action), heated door mirrors, and a sports pedal set. There's also ample in-cabin
storage with a padded, height-adjustable centre front armrest and storage box,
a real-world size glovebox and practical front door pockets, and a storage compartment
for your specs or sunglasses.
Skoda are renowned for their 'really useful stuff' and the Spaceback
has its fair share with an umbrella that's stored under the passenger seat,
a windscreen clip for displaying your parking ticket, a convenient and easily-emptied
portable rubbish bin that fits into either door pocket, and an ice scraper that
travels behind the fuel filler flap (where it's accessible even if it's cold
enough to freeze the door locks!).
Spaceback's level roofline doesn't penalise those travelling in the rear cabin,
who enjoy generous headroom; plus there's loads of knee and leg room even if
the driver and front passenger are six-footers.
backrest angles and well-padded seating with outer armrests make it a pleasant
place to stretch out and spend time especially as the glass roof panel, that
runs all the way back to the rear headrests, makes it feel as though you're
riding in an open car. Plus the new longer side windows boost street-level views.
Bottle-holding door bins, magazine pouches, cupholders, and grab handles all
make the rear cabin that extra bit passenger friendly.
travelling in the
rear cabin enjoy
generous headroom plus
loads of knee
and leg room.
Relaxing backrest angles
seating make it a
pleasant place to stretch
out and spend time
especially as the glass
roof makes it feel as
an open car...
Spaceback's 415-litre boot is plenty big enough for most owners' luggage and
daily carrying needs and yes, of course there are bag hooks for that weekly
shop at Sainsbug's; a convenient lift-up parcel shelf prevents prying eyes seeing
what's in the boot, which offers an optional two-level floor set at its
lower level there's a short drop over but in its upper position the floor is
level with the loading sill and the mid-thigh loadbay floor level facilitates
you need more cargo space then fold the 60:40-split rear seatbacks to free up
the full 1,381 litres, and even though the seats don't fold totally flat it's
all easily accessible through the wide boot opening. And despite its small engine
capacity, towing is not off the menu the 108bhp Spaceback will pull a
a five-star EuroNCAP safety rating the Spaceback should put your mind at ease
when driving on today's crowded roads; as too should its six airbags (front,
side and curtain) as well as the height-adjustable front belts and Isofix child
seat mounting points on the outer back seats.
Naturally there's electronic stability control, tyre-pressure monitoring, Hill
Hold, driver fatigue sensor, cruise control, rear parking sensors (with an on-screen
grid display), and cornering front fog lights. Additional safety kit such as
Front Assist (£315), which includes automatic emergency city braking with pedestrian
sensing, is available across the range.
You don't have to head up a young family to be attracted to the Spaceback
anybody who needs an economical to run hatch with versatile extra space for
cargo that looks good and can be had at a keen price with an entertaining engine
under the bonnet should be making their way to their nearest Skoda showroom.
Rapidly! ~ MotorBar
Skoda Rapid Spaceback SE Sport 1.0 TSI 110PS
Maximum speed: 123mph | 0-62mph: 9.8 seconds | Test Average: 49.3mpg
Power: 108bhp | Torque: 147lb ft | CO2: 106g/km