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A stylish family car that boasts generous interior space, refined ergonomic design and a host of safety features, the ŠKODA Rapid is an outstanding vehicle that leaps ahead of its rivals.
According to ŠKODA, the exterior of the Rapid is inspired by traditional Czech bohemian crystal production. There's definite evidence of this in the clean lines that define the body of the car. The angles of the car give the exterior a precise appearance, with sunlight and shade equally split across the Rapid's broad front and side profile. A chrome-surrounded honeycomb grille lends the car a sporty feel and the angular lights provide a dominating impression on the road. The entry-level S model has 15-inch alloy wheels as standard, while the upper-tier Rapid Sport boasts 17-inch black alloys, black door mirrors and a rear spoiler.
The already impressive 550 litres of storage space offered in the boot is made even larger with the rear seats folded down, offering a total of 1,490 litres of room for cargo. There's also plenty of storage throughout the rest of the vehicle in the armrests, pockets and storage compartments. The ergonomically designed front console and dashboard keeps everything within easy reach of the driver, with a clearly positioned instrument panel that displays important driving information and manual air conditioning or climate control systems, depending on trim level. In addition to all this, the Rapid includes a range of 'Simply Clever' design features, from ticket holders in the A-pillar to an ice scraper in the fuel cap.
Under the bonnet of the ŠKODA Rapid you can choose from a selection of powerful and clean petrol and diesel engines. In terms of petrol, the options range from the 1.2-litre three-cylinder MPI, that can generate 74bhp and reach a maximum speed of 109mph, to the 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo charged TSI, generating 120bhp, a maximum speed of 128mph and an impressive acceleration of 0-60mph in around 9.5 seconds.
When it comes to diesel, the ŠKODA Rapid features the 1.6-litre TDI four-cylinder with 89bhp. Put this engine in the GreenLine trim model and the common rail diesel engine offers a combined fuel consumption of 74.3mpg and super-low CO2 emissions of 124g/km – kind to both the planet and your wallet.
The entry-level S model of the ŠKODA Rapid features a wide selection of contemporary technology. The Greentech variant comes with brake engine recovery and an automatic start/stop system that preserves fuel used, while the standard model has power steering, gear-change recommendations, electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors, four loudspeakers, and a CD player with radio. If you buy into the SE trim level the Rapid will also include cruise control, six loudspeakers, a Bluetooth® phone connection and an MDI (mobile device interface) that lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's infotainment system. The top-tier Elegance trim also has acoustic rear parking sensors and climate control air conditioning.
The rigid body design of the ŠKODA Rapid has been designed for maximum energy-absorption during a collision. The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system includes an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and an Electronic Differential Lock (EDL). The vehicle also features Hill Hold Control and a number of passive safety measures including driver and passenger front, side and curtain airbags. The ŠKODA Rapid has a fantastic selection of safety features, all of which have helped the car to secure a five-star rating from Euro NCAP.
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