Added 29th March, 2019
By Jonathan Crouch
ŠKODA understands its customers. Ease of ownership, value pricing and solid build are all priorities - and all satisfied here by this Rapid. That the brand can deliver more sophistication than this is not in doubt - the larger Octavia demonstrates that. But the point here is that a significant number of customers just don't need it. People being targeted precisely by this car.
It competes against many Focus-class family hatchbacks from the 2012-2018 period that feel more sophisticated, drive more dynamically or feature higher-tech trimmings. But almost all of these are smaller, less versatile and more expensive. At the end of the day, it depends on what you want. This isn't a car that'll leap out of a glossy picture into your mental driveway - but then, day-to-day living isn't really very much like the pages of a glossy picture. It's a rain-soaked, commuting-congested, family-frantic thing.
After a few days of which, at the wheel of one of these, you might rapidly come to the conclusion that though ŠKODA's take on affordable family motoring may not be what you once dreamt of, it could actually be what you need. Such is life.