Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Like Us on Facebook Facebook.com/newcastlechronicle the Vinyl Frontier; Skoda Offers Two Distinct Rapid Models, but It's the More Conventional-Looking Spaceback Version That's Proved Easier for Buyers to like in the Focus-Class Family Hatchback Sector. It's Now Better Value Too. JONATHAN CROUCH Reports

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Like Us on Facebook Facebook.com/newcastlechronicle the Vinyl Frontier; Skoda Offers Two Distinct Rapid Models, but It's the More Conventional-Looking Spaceback Version That's Proved Easier for Buyers to like in the Focus-Class Family Hatchback Sector. It's Now Better Value Too. JONATHAN CROUCH Reports

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Byline: JONATHAN CROUCH reports

SKODA'S ordinary Rapid may be a five-door hatch but it's not a very conventional one.

Potential buyers uncomfortable with that will be far happier with this Spaceback variant, a car designed to go head to head with the Focus, Astra and Golf class leaders and now much better value than it used to be.

Though a little smaller than its stablemate, it's more stylish and at last gives this Czech brand a really credible contender in this important sector.

The Spaceback's bodywork is new from the B-pillars back and it's a crisp piece of design work.

The rear end features neat triangular insets either side of the number plate holder and if you choose the optional panoramic glass roof, it then combines neatly with a "prolong" tinted rear screen for a contrasting look that works best on pale coloured cars.

The Rapid hatch already had a huge luggage capacity so losing a bit of that for the sake of a perter rear end doesn't exactly mean you'll have to travel light. …

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