Skoda Rapid Connect & Sport Special Editions - Full Details

What am I looking at?

This is one of two new special editions of the Skoda Rapid - the Connect and the Sport.

What's new?

Well you could hardly accuse the Skoda Rapid of representing poor value, but Skoda has seen fit to stuff these cars with a few thousand pounds' worth of extra kit and offer them at slashed prices.

The Connect is based on the 14,650 Rapid SE and includes over 3,500 of ticks from the options list - most notably rear parking sensors and an Amundsen satellite navigation with DAB digital radio. With exclusive 16 alloys and a pair of metallic paint choices (blue or silver), it's priced at 12,990...

If you fancy the Sport model, it's based on a 15,350 Rapid SE and adds sunset glass, front fog lights, sports seats, steel pedals, black door mirrors and a rear spoiler - around 1,250 of extra kit. It also has exclusive alloys - 17 inches in diameter- and only comes in white, but is priced at 15,630.

What powers it?

Both models use the 1.2 litre TSI (turbo stratified injection) engine, with the Connect employing the 86 hp variant and the Sport using the 105-horse unit.

The former provides enough oomph to reach 60 mph in 11.8 seconds, but still returns 55.4 mpg and will cost you a mere 30 to tax each year. The Sport is - unsurprisingly - a little brisker, dropping 1.4 seconds from the acceleration benchmark. You'll pay 105 in tax though, thanks to the 52.3 mpg combined figure.

Anything else?

These are both limited run vehicles, with only 800 Connects and 200 Sports available, so you'll need to snap them up sharpish.

Any alternatives?

The Rapid has such a winning combination of spec, space and price that it's actually quite tough to find something to pit against it. The strongest competitor would be from another Volkswagen brand, in the form of the SEAT Toledo.

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