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Overview:

Mileage: 46,277
Trans: Manual
Body: Hatchback
Year: 14/63
Colour: Black
Fuel Type: Diesel

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Key Features

Reference Number: 059-513129

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Specification

"This phenomenally economical family car is capable of delivering up to 76.4 MPG and is only £30 per year to tax."

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Paul Bustin, General Manager

Vauxhall Lichfield

Specification
Body Glass
Electric front windows
Rear wash/wipe
Tinted glass
Heated rear window
Rear electric windows
Aero wiper + intermittent function
Brakes
Traction control
HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
ABS + EDL + ASR + MSR + ESC
ABS
ESP with ASR
Communication
Bluetooth system
Mobile device interface
Telephone preparation
Driver Aids
Cruise control
PAS
Acoustic parking sensors - rear
Driver Information
Outside temperature gauge
Service indicator
Maxi dot trip computer
Trip computer
Driving Mirrors
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Embellishment Trims
Chrome interior trim
Entertainment
6 speakers
Radio/CD
Exterior Body Features
Body colour door handles
Body colour bumpers
Radiator grille with chrome surround
Exterior Lights
Daytime running lights
Cornering front fog lights
Heating/Cooling/Ventilation
Climate control air conditioning
Interior Features
Height/reach adjust steering wheel
Cloth upholstery
Glovebox
Sunglasses storage
Centre console with storage/cupholders
Storage bins on all doors
Leather handbrake lever
Front armrest with storage box
Ticket holder
12v power point in centre console
3 spoke multifunction steering wheel with audio and phone controls
Front cupholders
12V socket in centre console and luggage area
Storage compartment in rear doors
Leather gear knob
Interior Lights
Interior light
Luggage compartment lighting
Safety
Driver and passenger airbags
Two tone horn
Side airbags
Passenger airbag deactivate switch
Driver seatbelt warning indicator
Curtain airbags
3x3 point rear seatbelts
Seats
Height adjustable rear head restraints
Height adjustable front headrests
Driver seat height adjust
60/40 split fold rear seat back
Isofix child seat preparation
Front seatback pocket
Height adjustable passenger seat
Folding rear seats
Security
Alarm/immobiliser
Remote control central locking
Vanity Mirrors
Passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror

The specification listed for this vehicle was standard when purchased new. The actual specification may vary, for confirmation, please contact our sales department.

Features

Ten Second Review

Skoda's Rapid Spaceback represents the Czech maker's bid to go head-to-head with the Focus, Astra and Golf class leaders. It's good value and now makes more sense with petrol power than it did before. Yes, in terms of luggage space, it isn't quite as versatile as the brand's normal Rapid model but there's still more trunk room than many rivals can offer. Overall, the under-rated Spaceback gives this brand a really credible contender in this important sector.

Background

Skoda is changing. Once a brand exclusively the preserve of older buyers, it's now courting younger ones, not only with its sporty vRS hot hatch models but also with mainstream fare - cars like this one, the Rapid Spaceback. If ever emphasis was needed of the importance of the Focus-sized family hatchback segment in the current market, this model provides it for it's Skoda's second offering in this sector. Previous to this car's arrival here in the Spring of 2014, the brand had provided this class with its standard Rapid model - as it still does. Since this Rapid Spaceback joined that design in the company's showrooms, together, these two cars have more effectively been able to bridge the gap in the Czech maker's model range between the supermini-sized Fabia and the now larger Mondeo-sized Octavia. Now the Spaceback range looks particularly good value thanks to a pricing realignment.

Driving Experience

Let's get the under-bonnet stuff out of the way first, the big news being that there are two completely new petrol engines, 95 and 110PS versions of the VW Group's three cylinder 1.0-litre TSI unit. Otherwise, it's a diesel-only choice, either a 75PS 1.4 TDI or a 116PS 1.6 TDI. As with the standard Rapid model, this Spaceback variant's mechanicals don't include the high-tech MQB floorplan developed for all of the Volkswagen group's other family hatchback contenders. Skoda chooses to reserve these underpinnings for its larger Octavia model, so the Rapid range has instead to rely on a mix and match of suspension and chassis parts borrowed from almost every crevice of the Wolfsburg parts bin. Perhaps that's why on the move, there's nothing particularly enjoyable about the way this Spaceback model goes about its business. Still, most likely buyers don't seek that in affordable five-door family transport. In any case, there are plenty of other attributes on offer that target customers will probably value more highly. They might find the ride a little on the firm side of comfortable but they'll very much like the narrow body that makes parking and road width restrictions easier to negotiate aided by the excellent all-round visibility, the light, consistently-weighted controls and the simple switchgear that, thank goodness, features a proper conventional handbrake. For this car, Skoda's engineers developed a more accurate C-EPS Column-Electric Power Steering steering system. It could still do with a bit more feel but it certainly makes the car quite a willing dynamic companion.

Design and Build

Updates made to this revised Rapid Spaceback model are subtle and mostly limited to plusher trim levels. At the front, there are modified foglights, a redesigned bumper and plush variants get some extra chrome, plus the headlamps can be ordered with bi-xenon beams. At the rear, the tail lights now have black-tinted covers and can be ordered in LED form. Otherwise, it's as you were. As before, we'd recommend the optional panoramic glass roof which combines neatly with a 'prolong' tinted rear screen for a contrasting look that works best on pale coloured cars. Inside, the ambience of the cabin has been lifted with new door inlays, while the airvents, the instruments and the air conditioning controls have been redesigned. That's all this interior really needed. It was, after all, already pretty practical, especially out back. Though you don't get the 515-litre luggage space of the standard Rapid bodyshape, the Spaceback's 415-litre trunk should still be quite sufficient for most families; that's around 100-litres more than you'd get in a rival Ford Focus. The luggage bay can be specified with a double floor to ensure that valuables are kept out of sight. Fold the 60/40 split rear seats and you get up to 1,380-litres of luggage capacity (down from 1490-litres in the standard Rapid).

Market and Model

Rapid Spaceback pricing is now much keener these days, sitting in the £14,000 to £20,000 bracket. That means is signficantly undercuts the standard Rapid model, though partly that's because this Spaceback derivative offers more affordable trim options. Standard specifications see air conditioning as standard across the line-up, along with curtain airbags, front electric windows and a height and reach adjustable steering column. As part of this model upgrade, Skoda has introduced plenty of extra tech to the car, a good example of that being the optional 'Skoda Connect services' package. This consists of two things; 'Infotainment Online' gives you online traffic information and can update you on things like fuel prices, parking spaces, current news and weather. Then there are the so-called 'CareConnect Services' which allow you to monitor your car from your smartphone, plus the set-up includes a breakdown call function and will automatically alert the emergency services if the airbags go off in an accident. There's plenty of safety tech too, including 'Front Assist' autonomous braking, fatigue detection and 'multi-collision brake' which after you've hit something, applies the brakes to stop you from going on to hit something else.

Cost of Ownership

If you really want an efficient drive from your Spaceback, you'll need to plump for the 1.4-litre TDI 90PS diesel, a variant able to deliver 78.5mpg on the combined cycle and 94g/km of CO2. Stretch to the 115PS 1.6-litre TDI diesel and those figures rise to 67.3mpg and 109g/km. Petrol people can expect an impressive showing too. An average of around 65mpg should be quite possible with the 1.0-litre TSI engine in both its forms, plus the unit can get close to the important 100g/km of CO2 threshold. What else? Well, with low Benefit in Kind (BIK) ratings, the Rapid Spaceback is expected to provide a boost to the brand's rapidly expanding fleet sales. And it'll probably help here that maintenance costs will be affordable, with a choice between servicing regimes based or either fixed or variable mileages, depending on whether the annual distance you cover is short or long. There's a three year/60,000 mile warranty that you can extend to four or five years if you wish.

Floor mats, Electric front windows, Traction control, Bluetooth system, Cruise control, Outside temperature gauge, Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, Chrome interior trim, 6 speakers, Body colour door handles...

Performance

Performance
Performance
0 to 60 mph (secs)
0 to 62 mph (secs)10.3
Engine Power - BHP105
Engine Power - KW77
Engine Power - PS
Engine Power - RPM4400
Engine Torque - LBS.FT184.5
Engine Torque - MKG26
Engine Torque - NM250
Engine Torque - RPM1500
Top Speed118

Go Green

Green Stats
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)114 (g/km)
NOx0.138
Particles0.0003
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 5
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg)64.2
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
EC Extra Urban (mpg)76.4
EC Urban (mpg)50.4

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