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The Czech republic has brought their Rapid to Australia. The Skoda Rapid has just been unveiled at the Sydney Motor Show ahead of the car’s launch next year.

The compact-sized Skoda Rapid will initially be offered with a choice of two petrol engines before the middle of next year before the diesel variants arrive later on.

Skoda will offer the small car with either a 1.2-litre 77TSI with 77kW and 175Nm of torque or a 1.4-litre engine with 90kW and 200Nm. Measuring 4.48 metres in length and 1.7 metres in width, the five-seat Rapid offers a rather large 530L boot.

The Skoda Rapid is also the first car from the East European brand that showcases the company’s new family look.

  • Exar Kun

    Nice car but unfortunately its styling is about as exciting as its cousin the Jetta.  A vRS version would do the trick, however.

    • Zaccy16

      yeah a rs version would be good!

  • Kampfer

    This liftback really remained me the Daihatsu Applause I drove years ago.

  • Zaccy16

    I like this, styling is understated but nice and angular, very interesing alternative to other small cars, its like a cross between a hatch and a sedan

  • Petexxy

    For me, the styling is very fresh, like it.

  • Vladimirxcz

    Why are you referring to Skoda as an East European brand is
    beyond me. Prague is west of Austria and yet you do not call Vienna Eastern
    Europe. Call in Central Europe if you have to identify it geographically. It
    only confuses Bogans in western suburbs.

    • TG

      Nah, the bogans in western suburbs won’t have the faintest clue about anything to do with Europe – they’ll be keeping an eye out for those exciting new Malipoos instead.

    • Golfmother

      ABSOLUTELY CORRECT , czech republic has a long history of car manufcturing to the highest standing , they are back big time after 40 years of communism .

      Currently making 500,000 car a year , planning for 1.5 million by 2020 , big brand for russia , china , india .

      • Bunga

         500.000 is the number of Škodas only (+ another 300.000 Škodas manufactured abroad mostly from Czech made parts), you need to add another 300.000 Hyundais and 200.000 Toyotas/Peugeots.

  • Jimbo

    Looks great to me. Conservative but stylish. Like a Golf it will not age nearly as fast as some of the more provocative designs around these days. 

    The 1.4 turbo works well in my Octavia so it should be brilliant in the Rapid, though it’s a shame it wont get the latest gen Golf engine.

    I hope it lives up to the Skoda name. Brilliant cars that are shamefully underrated in Australia in my opinion.

  • Anthony Mindel

    Very Jetta looking ,which is a good thing.

  • Hung Low

    Much better than the Jetta, needs to be priced under $20k to be a contender.

    • Jimbo

      Really, why so? Most car in this class start at $21K and work upwards. If it’s up to the usual Skoda standards I don’t see why it shouldn’t be priced to compete with Mazda 3 and the like.

      • Jimbo

        Don’t get me wrong if I was in the market for a car I would be hoping for a lower price… But if I was Skoda I wouldn’t be selling my self short.

      • Hung Low

        Why so? Simply because the competition is at $19990 and Skoda is still an unknown brand here. If priced against the Jetta because of usual Skoda standards, people will elect to buy the Jetta instead. I have seen only one Fabia on the road…why? Overpriced and ugly and not viable for the common buyer to take a punt when a Polio is almost the same price.

    • Darryl

      Looks better than that new Pulsar thing at least. Needs to be a bit under $20k when you can get Focus amongst others for that drive away. I like Skoda’s model naming policy – Rapid, Superb.  Next one will be the Stunning or something.

      • Zaccy16

        yeah the skoda brilliance will be next too!

      • Bunga

        They are using the names of their 1930s excellent models. After all, the company aims the bridge the 40 years of communist governance which brought it to its knees technologically and return to the fame of pre-war era (in which, BTW another Czech manufacturer  Tatra came with models V570 and T97 that were the basis for VW bug).

        As there was no “Stunning” in 1930s, it is not very probable that they will come with such a name now 😉

  • Robin_Graves

    Is this a new car? Looks circa 2003 and with the bunky veedud leftover drivelines it will be anything but rapid.  Maybe rapid to break down.

    • Golfmother

      Yer bit like the FG circa 1999 AU falcoon tizzed up and dying a slow death , at least this car has a future .

      • Hung Low

        The whole large segment is losing sales, your comment is yet another fail bungle!

  • Ted

    Nice looking car and this is may be the new direction for Skoda.