When is an estate car not one? When its boot is smaller than the hatchback version on which it's based.

Confusing as the Skoda Rapid Spaceback may seem, it's being pitched as a roomier alternative to the regular Rapid, with an emphasis on passenger comfort over supreme load-lugging.

While it has upmarket features like a full-size panoramic sunroof, the Spaceback will share the hatchback's value positioning, with a projected price tag of £16,500 when it reaches showrooms next year.

Expect the usual line-up of fuel-sipping turbocharged motors and an extensive list of customisation options.

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Stephen Jury


September 11, 2013

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