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Skoda Rapid hatchback (2012-2019) - Practicality & boot space

The Rapid’s huge boot beats its rivals

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Practicality & boot space Rating

3.5 out of 5

It can’t be denied that practicality is the Skoda Rapid’s defining attribute. The car boasts a measured boot capacity of 550 litres – significantly larger than the Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf can offer, those two providing 363 and 380 litres respectively. It’s also a very well shaped load area and easily accessible thanks to the size of the hatchback.

Skoda Rapid interior space & storage

A height-adjustable driver’s seat means finding a comfortable driving position in the Rapid should be easy. The steering wheel is adjustable for height and reach, too. Front-seat passengers enjoy more headroom than you’ll find in a Volkswagen Golf, and this goes some way to explaining the spacious, airy feeling of the Rapid’s interior.

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Those in the back are unlikely to have much cause for complaint, either, although they aren’t as spoilt with comfort and convenience items as the driver and passenger – a central armrest is only available as a £180 optional extra.

A well-sized glovebox provides plenty of storage space for everyday oddments. There are well-sized door pockets, too, and a useful if slightly awkwardly located pair of cup-holders.

Boot space

With the rear seats in place, the boot can accommodate 550 litres of luggage, dropping slightly to 530 litres if the spare wheel is in place. By dropping the seatbacks, it can be expanded to a colossal 1,490 litres, easily eclipsing the 1,270 litres the Golf can muster.

And not only is the Rapid’s boot very well shaped, it’s also very intelligently thought-out. The boot floor can be removed and reversed, while there’s carpet on one side and a wipe-clean non-slip material on the other – ideal for wet dogs or taking garden waste to the tip.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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