One of the glut of cars that broke cover at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September to hit the UK market in January, Skoda’s wagon-bodied version of the Rapid gets its official pricing and specification details.
The Spaceback retains five of the six engines used in the saloon, with only the lower powered petrol 1.2 falling by the wayside.
For petrol buyers that leaves three options. There’s two versions of the 1.2 TSI at 86 or 105hp and the 122hp 1.4 TSI. Diesel choices are the traditional 1.6 TDI in either 90hp or 105hp forms. There’s also a planned version of the 1.6 TDI in Greenline form with 99g/km CO2 emissions, but details are yet to emerge so the 104g/km 1.6 TDI Greentech – with stop/start and braking energy recovery – is the most frugal option for now.
The 1.4 TSI is only available with VW’s DSG automatic transmission, which also comes as a 1,160 option on the 1.6 TDI 90, making it a disproportionately more expensive choice.
As expected, the Spaceback fits in with Skoda’s existing specification scheme of base level S, mid-range SE (1,140 more than the S) and top-spec Elegance (460 more than the SE), alongside its saloon brother. Airconditioning is standard across the range, alongside daylight running lights, electric and heated door mirrors and a rake and reach adjustable steering column.
For your additional 1,140, SE specification cars add a 6 speakers stereo, with BlueTooth connectivity, front fog lights, cruise control, tinted windows (and electric all round), rear parking sensors and leather steering wheel and handbrake. The Elegance trim includes unique 16 wheels, climate control and a height adjustable passenger seat.
There’s also a personalisation service for the Spaceback, which includes extended tailgate glass and a large panoramic sun roof – though further details aren’t available just yet.
Priced from: 14,430 (Spaceback S 1.2 TSI)
Available from: Now (orders); January 2014 (deliveries)
We already know that Skoda can do estates pretty well and the Rapid slots in neatly between the budget option Fabia and the pricier but more spacious Octavia as a best of both worlds choice. Though there were some ride issues picked up in our review of the saloon version, they have been addressed for the weightier Spaceback.
It’s not the most keenly specified car, though the standard airconditioning is a pleasant touch, with more expensive trim options making less sense. The DSG in particular makes a pretty reasonably-priced car look a touch expensive, but the Greentech options – adding Stop/Start and brake energy recovery for 250 – make a lot of sense.
Yet again, it seems, Skoda have made a good value and spacious estate car – if you tick your boxes wisely.
For more information on the saloon while you wait, check out our full summary of the Skoda Rapid alongside reviews, stats, photos and videos.