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Skoda Rabid Spaceback 1.2 TSI

 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 9:47 pm    Post subject: Skoda Rabid Spaceback 1.2 TSI  Reply with quote

No photos as this was a hire car for a business trip shared with a colleague... inofensive metallic black 5-door hatch delivered to place of work on Tuesday pm for a crack-of-dawn (6am) start today, home at 7pm; Basingstoke to somewhere between Burnley and Blackburn and back.

Looks like it was the 1.2 90PS petrol engine; not as nice a growling sound under acceleration as the Ecoboost Fiesta, not as responsive or as acceerative.  Driving position and seats not quite as comfortable as the Fiesta, visibility however was probably a bit better and it seemed very spacious inside.  Mainly nice soft-feel plastics on dashboard but door trims, door bins made of the usual hard plastic like almost all car interiors.  Nice leather or good immitation leather steering wheel and handbrake lever.  Plenty of interesting kit including cruise control, touch-screen sat nav whish would not accept a postcode input but insisted upon street name and building number, useful prompt screen for nav in between the speedo and tacho as well as on the main display.
Ride and handling were perfectly acceptable but it didn't feel as chuckable as the Fiesta, or inspire confidence to push it further than I did.
Economy remains to be seen as colleague will fill it up to the brim first thing tomorrow morning, but we did about 470 miles and the gauge was still above 1/4 full when we got back.

All in all, I can see why anyone with no real interest in motoring would buy one.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Skoda Rabid Spaceback 1.2 TSI Reply with quote

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
... we did about 470 miles and the gauge was still above 1/4 full when we got back.

Irrespective of what the final mpg figure is, being able to do that kind of distance without filling up is impressive, especially in a smallish car.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had a poke about in the Seat version, huge boot, but overall a very forgetful car.

"Rabid" lol!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Humphrey The Pug wrote:
"Rabid" lol!

Deliberate "typo" !  Looks a bit rabid to me.....

Was supposed to be "Astra, Focus or similar"
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:05 am    Post subject: Re: Skoda Rabid Spaceback 1.2 TSI Reply with quote

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
...touch-screen sat nav whish would not accept a postcode input but insisted upon street name and building number,


That used to be a problem on quite a few cars, where the German designed sat nav software would only take 5 digits, so UK 6 digit postcodes could not be used.

But you'd hope that a UK spec car would have that sorted by now.  
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:54 am    Post subject: Re: Skoda Rabid Spaceback 1.2 TSI Reply with quote

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That used to be a problem on quite a few cars, where the German designed sat nav software would only take 5 digits, so UK 6 digit postcodes could not be used.

But you'd hope that a UK spec car would have that sorted by now.  


I think it's a nod to old Skoda levels of reliability where it wasn't a case of getting you to your destination rather; "close enough is good enough, walk the rest".
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Rapid and Toledo are both interesting propositions, basically in-house cheaper versions of the proper models (like Dacia without the badge change) and some might say in the case of the Rapid not that far from the roots of the post-war Skoda.

I'd disagree with the reliability comment, my dad had an Estelle from 1988 to 1994 (which we kept as a second car until 1999) and he had a Favorit from 1994 to 2004 - neither would be my first choice but neither was a bad car, the Estelle suffered from head gasket failure which I think had damaged the block (probably down to me driving it as a 17 year old) but otherwise it was a hardy fucker.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2016 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Humphrey The Pug wrote:
"Rabid" lol!

Deliberate "typo" !  Looks a bit rabid to me.....

I thought perhaps this was Skoda's new way of denoting a sporty version, now that they're apparently not doing any more vRS models. Either that, or in keeping with their tradition of descriptive names, e.g. Superb.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had one in base model S spec with a 1.4 TDI engine the other week. It was perfectly acceptable transport but not in any way luxurious. Performance was better than I expected and quieter than the horrible old Vauxhall lump I'm used to. It was also slightly odd flying all the way to Aberdeen only to get a hire car with a local G registration plate!



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"Ours" started GM which happen to be the initials of our CEO and owner, plus the first letter afterwards was B so the entire plate resembled my home postcode,  which was a little unnerving


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