Skoda updates Rapid and Rapid Spaceback with new look and new engine

Skoda Rapid hatchback and Spaceback models get light design tweaks, a new 1.0-litre TSI engine and new technology for 2017

Skoda Rapid 2017 update front quarter

Following in the footsteps of the recently updated Citigo, the Skoda Rapid has received a mild facelift, gaining a refreshed look, new technology and a new engine option. The updates apply to the Rapid Spaceback model also. 

The design changes are kept to a minimum. A slightly altered front apron gets new fog lamps, which is joined at the front by a new chrome strip connecting the headlights. Black tinted taillights now feature, alongside a handful of new alloy wheel designs in sizes of 15, 16 and 17-inches.

Smart bi-xenon headlamps and daytime running LED lights, which can detect lighting conditions and dim or enhance automatically, are now an option.

• Geneva Motor Show 2017 preview

Under the bonnet the Rapid gains a 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI petrol option, available with either 94bhp or 109bhp.

The less powerful engine hauls the car from 0-62mph in 11 seconds and onto a top speed of 116mph, while delivering fuel economy and emissions of 64.2mpg and 101g/km CO2. A 9.8-second 0-62mph dash is recorded for the 109bhp unit with a top speed of 124mph, but it loses out marginally in terms of efficiency – 62.8mpg and 104g/km CO2 is claimed.

In the cabin, the Rapid gets new door inlays, new vents, new instruments, and redesigned switchgear for the air-conditioning controls. New optional Skoda Connect services including live traffic information and CareConnect support make the cut, alongside new USB ports in the back so rear seat passengers can charge devices such as smartphones. The new Rapid and Rapid Spaceback models will debut at the Geneva Motor Show early next month.

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