In-depth Reviews

Skoda Rapid owner reviews

"It's one you'll buy with your head rather than your heart, but the Skoda Rapid is a very practical, affordable and dependable family car"

Carbuyer Rating

3.1 out of 5

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Owners Rating

4.0 out of 5

77%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

  • 6reviews
  • 3reviews
  • 2reviews
  • 2reviews

Common Problems

  • Gearbox / clutch (1 cases)
  • Gearbox / clutch, Suspension (1 cases)
  • Electrics (1 cases)
  • Other (2 cases)

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Greentech SE 1.6 TDI

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

64
Review
The only faults I can identify with my Rapid are the seats are too firm (VW Group car seats are always too firm - known from having various Passats over 11 years and a 63 plate Octavia Estate for 2 years), the auto start / stop sometimes fails to kick in, and that water can gather in the rear doors. None of these are significant enough to complain to Skoda about. The VW Diesel engine scandal (toxic gasses) are something that I will live with as I have heard many reports in the auto trade media that the 'VW fix' does expensive damage to the engine. The car drives great - it's design was never intended for track (or street ?) racing and gives a comfortable ride - we just put a cushion on the seats to soften the harsh seat ride and then all is well. The 64.3mpg is the average mpg since the car was purchased new, a drive from Glasgow to Edinburgh during rush hour traffic speeds has returned an average of 96.3mpg - brilliant. The luggage space in this car is fantastic and the level of equipment is enough for us. We deliberately did not select a car with very low profile (16 or 17 inch) tyres as I've had very bad experiences with low very profile tyres on the Octavia and on generation 3 Ford Mondeos where wheels were damaged due to pot holes and flats. The very low profile tyres don't give enough indication of a punction when driving, and don't soak up bumps well making the shock absorbers work harder / wear out quicker. Careful tyre selection will give good overall performance. Current tyre wear status is that the front tyres are still originals with a guess of another 3000 miles of wear left. The rear tyres will probably manage 45000 miles in total at renewal. Yes the car is narrower than the Octavia - which is also a great car, however seating for 4 is all we currently need. All being well I have no intentions of parting with my Skoda Rapid SE CR 1.6 TDI Greentech.
Reliability

4 out of 5

Reliability record is superb - only glitch is that occasionally the Auto stop / start does not kick in.
Performance

5 out of 5

The Greentech 1.6 CR TDI engine with the support of regenerated electrical power boost has plenty torque in it for quick getaways at the traffic lights, overtaking etc. - no need to change down gears, handling could be better for high speed driving, but I don't intend doing any track race days. Currently enjoying owning and driving my Rapid.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

So far so good - running costs are better than what I had expected when researching and buying this car new. Not so sure how the battery / regenerator 'motor' will last - only time will tell. Not had to buy more than a new set of wiper blades so far.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.2 86bhp petrol

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

46.6
Review
I have found the Rapid very quiet and responsive to the accelerator. There is absolutely loads of space both inside the cabin and the boot is very large indeed. The fuel consumption going by the computer is averaging 46mpg which in a car that size with a small engine is very acceptable. The car is comfortable to drive, but the gear change is a bit clumsy compared to previous vehicles I have owned. However I am looking forward to owning it, as it is comfortable, solidly built and rattle free.
Performance

5 out of 5

The vehicle performs extremely well, quite, good smooth acceleration from the turbo charged engine.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Excellent, meets my expectations.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

1.2 TSI SE (86bhp)

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

47
Review
Disappointed overall. After 5 years with a fantastic reliable, robust and economical Octavia which returned mid 50 mpg I decided to go with the Rapid this time. Ride is very bumpy and gearbox/clutch not smooth at all. Driving like a saint I get 47mpg despite a mix of urban and motorway I can get nowhere near the 55mpg widely stated.
Reliability

4 out of 5

Tried and tested parts so would not expect any issues - none at 6 months
Performance

3 out of 5

1.2 TSI is lively enough.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Disappointing mpg against official figures.

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

1.2

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Review
Find the car verry bumpy rough ride poor lights very nippy, plenty of boot space, poor seats, radio buttons stick out to far not like a japanise car lacks the refinement and finish everything is basic electric are noisey

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.4 TSI DSG SE

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Among the best cars I've ever owned, great level of performance, comfort and reliability. I've done 50,000 miles and I've not even had a warning light, commuting average fuel is around 52mpg, it's great on the motorway, average fuel is just above 60. Very safe and the boot is huge. Nearly 600L with the back seats up, it's bigger than some estates. I service it myself every 6 months which is usually 9,000 mile intervals. Looks great, drives great, will keep this one for a long long time. The DSG gearbox is smooth, attentive and matched well with the TSI engine. Suspension is comfy and smooth yet holds its own in corners and rough roads. I bought it 12 months old with delivery miles for £9,995. Still on original brake disks and pads. Previous cars are Jaguar S Type 2.7D and Mercedes Benz E220d. 10/10

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

1.2 TSI 86 SE Connect

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
Constantly damp inside and needs to be driven permanently with a/c and heated rear screen on. The car is damp to touch inside and steams up all the time, the dealer believes there to be no leak or water ingress in the car! Really poor quality car in honesty and really disappointed having read the reviews on Skoda! The electric mirrors also have a mind of their own, the ride quality is appalling, for a 10 year old car let alone a new one. The fuel economy figures are complete nonsense as the car will not return 50 mpg on a long motorway run at 70 mph. Also the dealer service is very poor. I would personally not touch one of these with a barge pole and have been put off having another Skoda. I bought a service plan which according to the OBC the car has not been serviced despite the paperwork I was given showing it had. The equipment on the car is in honestly reasonable like cruise control, sat nav and all round electric windows and rear parking sensors. It is just put in a very average package and a unhelpful dealer network.
Reliability

2 out of 5

Mechanically the car seems strong but it is the build quality that is alarming. Like mentioned previously car has water ingress or retention issues. Some electrical issues in addition.
Performance

2 out of 5

It doesn't have any, but that is not why I bought the car. Performs acceptably around town but finds national speed limit roads and motorways a real struggle. On a motorway you need to stick to the inside lane and not worry about overtaking anything as its not really possible without dropping to third gear.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Skoda's fuel figures are pure speculation the car does around 30mpg in town and you can stretch that to 40mpg on a long run but much better than that is difficult. This is okay for a petrol car however its is a world away from the figures the manufacturer quote.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.4 TSi Elegance

Year of registration

2015

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

44
Review
This car is all I expected from a low cost model. Comfortable and quiet and reasonably economic to run. I have covered 12,000 in six months, absolutely no issues. Pluses are space, great boot, very quiet inside and nice features. Minuses are few and nothing not already mentioned by others but OK for the price. If it is as reliable as my old Octavia I will be very happy.
Reliability
No issues to date
Performance
Goes well for a 1.4. I think most people would be happy with the overall performance .
Running Cost
Not quite as economical as expected but not too far off.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Elegance 1.6 TDi 105ps

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Review
This is a truly fantastic car, especially when you consider what it costs. I have owned Skoda before, so knew they were good, but the Rapid is a revelation. I have owned Mercedes, Volvo, Mitsubishi and Ford in recent years and the Rapid's build quality and fuel economy is superior. I do wonder if I have been driving the same car as some other reviewers have been! - I would recommend this one any day to anyone.
Reliability

5 out of 5

Absolutely terrific.
Performance

4 out of 5

The 105PS diesel engine in all honesty fast enough and enjoyable to drive. As the speed limit is 70mph in the UK, just how fast a car do you want or need?
Running Cost

4 out of 5

I have got a super deal on servicing over the next 4 years, much better than anything Mercedes or Mistubishi offered me.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.6TDI elegance

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

46
Review
Bought this Skoda Rapid after driving Seat cars for over 10 years must say very impressed have the Elegance model very sporty looking car, handles very well and can shift when you want it to, we have two young kiddies so plenty of room for them and the boot is massive, you can get everything in, pram etc. Fuel wise very good, and overall would reccomend to anyone with a few kids ticks all the family car boxes.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.2 SE

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

48
Review
I bought this car when it was a year old at 13,000 miles - it was a Hertz rental vehicle. Since then I have driven 40,000 miles in it; it has proved to be comfortable, reliable, with good performance and it's spacious. The dashboard is undoubtedly plasticky, but overall I have been very happy with the car, and with the service provided by the suppplying dealer, Faintree Skoda of Telford.
Reliability

5 out of 5

The car has never failed to start, and gets me without problems from A to B.
Performance

5 out of 5

The performance is very good for a 1.2 engine in such a large car.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Excellent; I recently achieved 55mpg on a long motorway trip, mostly at 50mph.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

1.2 (105) tsi elegance

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

46
Review
Generally good value, though the Elegance model isn't particularly well appointed for a top-of-range version. Engine is quite sprightly and frugal - very impressive. Six speed gearbox gives high gear for cruising. Car is quiet and refined, but the ride is disappointingly harsh at low speeds. Handling is competent but uninspiring. Seats benefit from the fitting of after-market cushions (Halfords), otherwise they're over-firm. Oh how I miss my old Alfa 156!
Reliability

5 out of 5

So far, after 6 months, no problems.
Performance

4 out of 5

Very responsive engine. Good torque from low revs (1400rpm). Not exactly a rocket ship, but better than should reasonably be expected from a 1.2 litre engine. Impressive.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Economical on fuel. Fairly low tax band

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.4 TSI SE DSG Greentech (123 PS)

Year of registration

2015

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

44.5
Review
Issues i've had include a harsh ride on 16" wheels. I fitted aftermarket 15" alloys with Vredestein Quatrac 5 all season tyres (same size as spare - 185/60) and it made a significant improvement. The seat squab didn't have enough support so I had a bespoke foam wedge made (like a slab of cheddar!) - now it's very comfy. There was a squeaking rear wiper - a new blade cured the problem. The stop/start is now switched off (Battery too small?). There was a judder in reverse early on, it cured itself! Otherwise it's a very good car - peppy, big inside, a joy to drive. It's done 19K miles; this one's a keeper. Forget the plush interior this car is solid, well built and quiet. I've fitted aftermarket. Osram headlight bulbs and they're now the best headlamps (short of Xenon types) ever. Note the 1.4 TSI is no longer available, which is a shame. Buy second-hand with confidence. The DSG is magic and if possible get the 123ps version of the 1.4 that was available only until the 2017 face lift.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.2 sport

Year of registration

2015

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

50
Review
Very comfortable ride easy handling only downside is it is very thirsty at speed & going up hill
Reliability
Very reliable
Performance
Quick enough to keep up with traffic
Running Cost
Expensive at speed & if going up hill

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