Used Skoda Rapid (2012 - 2018) Driving & Performance

Review by Tim Bowdler on
Last Updated: 05 Jun 2013
The Skoda Rapid is aimed at family motorists looking for a quality car at an affordable price. The company claims that the Rapid includes clever solutions and cutting-edge technology.

4 out of 5


The Skoda Rapid performance is on a par with its rivals. This model bares no resemblance to the previous Rapid, which carried the name from 1988 to 1991. This is a Skoda that oozes quality and class, unlike the original car. The two petrol engines and one diesel engine with a total of seven power variants make up a broad range of offerings. The petrol line-up includes a 73bhp 1.2-litre, 83bhp 1.2-litre TSI, 103bhp 1.2-litre TSI and a 120bhp 1.4-litre TSI.

The 1.2-litre petrol engine is a cracking bit of kit and will make you smile as you wind it up. Three versions of the 1.6-litre diesel are available. The line-up includes an 88bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine that can be mated to a five-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed DSG gearbox. There is also a 103bhp 1.6-litre diesel mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.

The 103bhp 1.2-litre TSI will complete the benchmark sprint in 10.4 seconds and has a top speed of 121mph. It has 175Nm of pulling power so you will have to work the six-speed gearbox hard to complete overtaking manoeuvres. The flagship 103bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine will get from zero to 62mph in 10.6 seconds and will go on to 118mph. It has 250Nm of pulling power meaning overtaking slower traffic on single-lane carriageways a relatively simple affair.

3.5 out of 5


While the Rapid fares well when pushed it is not as good to drive as a Ford Focus or even a VW Golf. The Skoda Rapid doesn’t have as much grip in the corners when compared to some of its rivals but it is more than happy to be munching miles on motorways. The Skoda Rapid may not be a choice for the enthusiast but it is a sensible car that handles reasonably well and combines comfort with great cruising ability.

Like many modern cars the steering is fairly well weighted but it lacks the feedback to please enthusiasts.