Warming to the Skoda Rapid Spaceback took me some time; I liked the look of the car, the space and the features, but it wasn’t an instant attraction. But then the Skoda Rapid Spaceback is not that sort of car – sport in style, but not necessarily so in nature. The car did grow on me and the longer that I drove it the more I came to appreciate it. But why did it take so long?

There may be a certain blandness to the design, but there’s a practical feel to the car. The entry-level model was my steed for the test drive. It comes powered by a lively 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine with a TSI badge at the rear. The entry model has 86bhp output and there is a slightly more powerful version available.