Skoda Rapid Spaceback ScoutLine

The Skoda Rapid lineup posted good results in 2015 selling more
units than its popular rivals in Europe. The model outshone the
likes of Mazda 3,
Hyundai i30, Honda
Civic, Nissan Pulsar, and Citroen C4.

The best part is that the model is not even a genuine C-segment
car but it has won the hearts of many people in Europe. This
can be attributed to Skoda’s excellent combination of practical
features and fresh designs. The lineup now has its guns pointed
to the Volkswagen
Golf and Ford
Focus, the trendsetters in this segment. To help the model
in this regard, the automaker is adding a visual package to the
lineup dubbed the “ Skoda Rapid Spaceback ScoutLine”.

The model is set to add a dose of faux-4×4 ruggedness to the
exterior profile of the model. The version will only feature
crossover-type exterior upgrades without any complementing
mechanical upgrades. This is the same approach VW used with the
Polo hatchback where the VW Cross Polo features only visual
upgrades. The model will be offered in Europe only but reports
indicate that it won’t be sold in the UK.

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Skoda Rapid Spaceback Visual upgrades

The visual upgrades on new Skoda Rapid Spaceback
ScoutLine include redesigned bumpers both front and rear.
The new bumpers feature scuff plates and are finished in black
and silver. The automaker has added plastic lower body cladding
on the sides including on wheel arches and door sills. Its side
mirror caps are coated in black and silver like the bumpers.

The version will ride on either 16-inch or 17-inch Camelot
alloy wheels. To finish up the Scoutline sprucing, the model
features pistachio green paintwork but the automaker says it
can be had with all hues available on the regular Rapid
Spaceback.

Except for these visual tweaks, the car remains the same
meaning AWD is not available and the suspension is not raised
also.

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2017 Skoda Rapid Spaceback Interior

The interior remains that of the regular Spaceback model. The
interior is not the Spaceback’s best suit.  Nonetheless,
the cabin is functional and is decorated with a cost-saving
philosophy.

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The cabin though is comfortable and features numerous plastic
surfaces. The cabin will accommodate five passengers with
sufficient legroom and headroom except at the rear where tall
passengers will find the headroom a bit lacking. The cabin
features a sat-nav system which adds slight flavor to an
otherwise bland cabin.

The seats are a little flat and unsupportive. There are
cup-holders in the rear seats armrests as well as carrier bag
hooks in the trunk. The unique feature in the cabin is the
ISOFIX-prepared seats particularly for kids at the rear.

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Engine Specs and Performance

Under the hood, the Skora Rapid Scout Line version features the
same engine lineup as the regular Spaceback models. The range
of engines includes three gasoline and 2 diesel units. 
The first gasoline mill is a 1.2 L TSI unit rated at 90 hp.

The engine accelerates from 0-60 mph in 11.3 seconds and has a
top speed of 124 mph. This engine is also tweaked to produce
110 hp and drops the time taken to run from 0-60 mph to 9.8
seconds. The most potent petrol engine is the 1.4 L which
features a DSG twin-clutch automatic transmission as an option.
The engine produces 125 hp and powers the hatchback to move
from0-60 mph in 9 seconds and has a top speed of 129 mph.

Switching to diesel engines, the first unit is a 1.4 L TDI good
for 89 hp and is paired with both a manual gearbox and a DSG
transmission. Manual models run from 0-60 mph in 11.7 seconds
while the automatic loses a tenth of a second. Top speed is 115
mph. The second diesel unit is a 1.6 L unit capable of 114 hp.
It powers he car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 10 seconds and
has a top speed of 125 mph.

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Price and release date

Though the model lacks the charisma to climb to the top of the
segment, its combination of strong practicability with an
irresistible price that offers excellent value for money is set
to win over many admirers. The 2017 Skoda Rapid will go on sale
this July in Europe.

The automaker has not announced its price but expect it to be
slightly expensive than the regular Spaceback, and starts from
about 13,000 euros for basic trim level with 1,2 TSI petrol
engine.