Skoda Rapid launched in the UK: price starts from £12,900

The new Skoda Rapid sedan makes its first public appearance at the Paris Motor Show 2012. It can be seen that the new European Rapid has enhanced internal space while extended boot area. The boot area of new Rapid is voluminous at 550 liters while its cabin can comfortably seat upto 5 adults. The Skoda Rapid measures 176.4 inches in length, 1.71 meters in width and stands 57.5 meters tall.

Being offered in four petrol and two diesel engine options which can either be mated to a five speed or six speed manual transmission or seven speed dual clutch DSG gearbox. Engine options will include a 1.2 liter three cylinder petrol offering 74 hp while its 1.2 liter turbocharged three cylinder engine offers either 85 or 103 hp and the 1.4 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine offers 121 hp.

The vehicle will be produced from the company plant in Mlada Boleslav and sales should commence in the UK from November this year. Where pricing of the new Skoda Rapid are concerned, the company has announced that the 1.2 liter base version will be priced at £12,900 while top of the line with a 1.6 liter TDI CR engine will retail for £17,850.

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ŠKODA announces prices for all-new Rapid hatchback

> Prices start from just £12,900
> Three familiar trim levels – S, SE and Elegance
> Four petrol and one diesel engine available at launch
> Insurance groups from 7E

Milton Keynes, 28 September 2012 – ŠKODA has revealed UK prices for the eagerly anticipated Rapid hatchback, which will go on sale from 12 November 2012.

The Rapid is the first ŠKODA production car to fully feature the brand’s new design language and provides outstanding space for five passengers and their luggage.

As you would expect from a ŠKODA, Rapid embodies all of the core values for which the brand has become famous – exceptional value for money and engineering excellence with a human touch.

Four petrol and one diesel engine are available under the bonnet of the ŠKODA Rapid from launch, mated to five or six-speed manual transmissions or a seven-speed automatic DSG.  The Rapid offers outstanding value for money and low running costs with CO2 emissions starting from 114g/km of CO2 (on the 1.6-litre TDI CR 105PS) and insurance ratings starting as low as 7E (for the 1.2-litre 75PS).

With Benefit in Kind (BIK) ratings from only 14%, the ŠKODA Rapid is expected to provide a boost to the brand’s rapidly expanding fleet sales.

On-the-road pricing starts from £12,900 for the Rapid 1.2-litre 75PS in entry level S trim, rising to £17,850 for the Rapid 1.6 TDI CR 105PS in flagship Elegance grade.

Specification  Recommended OTR 
1.2 75PS £12,900
1.2 TSI 86PS £13,700
1.2 TSI 86PS £14,650
1.2 TSI 105PS £15,350
1.4 TSI 122PS DSG £17,150 
1.6 TDI CR 105PS £17,100
1.2 TSI 105PS £16,100
1.6 TDI CR 105PS £17,850

The ŠKODA Rapid comes with a high level of standard equipment. Every model gets remote central locking, curtain airbags, daytime running lights, rake/reach-adjustable steering wheel, height-adjustable driver’s seat and electric front windows.

SE trim adds 15-inch alloy wheels, body coloured door mirrors and handles, air-conditioning, Maxi-dot trip computer, MDI (Multi Device Interface), a leather steering wheel and Bluetooth connectivity.

Buyers opting for range-topping Elegance models benefit from 16-inch alloys, cornering front fog lamps, cruise control, height-adjustable passenger seat, rear electric windows, chrome interior detailing and a four spoke multi-functional steering wheel.

The ŠKODA Rapid is the seventh car in the brand’s award-winning range, and will sell alongside the Citigo, Fabia, Octavia, Superb, Roomster and Yeti. Production began last month at the company’s plant in Mladá Boleslav in the Czech Republic.