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Skoda Roomster

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Skoda roomster
  • Versatile interior
  • Loads of space
  • Decent to drive
  • Odd looks
  • Some cheap interior bits
  • Base engines are too slow
The Skoda Roomster may look a bit odd, but it gets decent reviews, and is good value for money.

Interior

There’s plenty of space in the Roomster. Up front, drivers of all shapes and sizes will be able to find a comfortable driving position thanks to a two-way adjustable steering wheel and a seat that caters for height. In the back there are three individual seats that can be reclined, folded or removed as needs be. The middle seat’s a bit too thin though, and the load bay isn’t as long as you might expect.

The interior, for the most part, feels well-screwed together and of an acceptable quality for this price bracket. There are some flimsy plastics though, around the door-handles and heater controls.

Driving

The jury’s still out on the Roomster’s handling. Some testers say the steering is accurate, if not a little slow, while others feel the presence of body-roll, overly-light steering and a jiggly ride compromise the experience. The general consensus however, is that though the Roomster drives more like a car than an MPV, but if it’s thrills you’re looking for, try something else.

The engines, especially the diesels, are very vocal, but wind and road noise is well contained.

Engines

Skoda’s recent overhaul of the Roomster’s engine lineup means there aren’t very many reviews out there for any of the new engines. A quartet of 1.2-litre units are available, as are a couple of diesel 1.6s. The entry level 1.2-litre petrol is a bit weedy, but the 1.2 TSI 105 is more than capable of handling every-day driving conditions. If it’s a diesel you’re after, both of the 1.6s provide adequate pace.

All of the engines are quite frugal, especially the Greenline model which does 67mpg. They should also be quite reliable, as most of them have already been proven in existing VW group cars.

Value for money

Considering the amount of space you get, the Roomster really is very good value. Its asking price, which Skoda dealers are only too happy to discount, means it’s in competition with cars like the Renault Modus. The interior space though, is closer in size to a Renault Scenic.

The base model comes only with electric front windows and a CD player with an MP3 socket. Move up to SE spec’, and you’ll get remote door locking, air conditioning and parking sensors as well as a panoramic sunroof.

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Worth noting

Front, side and curtain airbags are standard on every Roomster, as are deadlocks and an immobiliser. The uprated stability system does cost extra though.

Conclusion

The Roomster’s a great value little MPV. It’s acceptable to drive, and there’s plenty of space inside. Those looks are an acquired taste though...

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Key Details

Price range:
£9,995 - £16,325
MPG:
45 - 67
Date released:
2006
Replacement due:
Within a year
Engine to go for:
The 1.6 TDI is fast enough and impressively frugal
Engine to avoid:
The 1.9 TDI is a bit too noisy
Options to go for:
The panoramic sunroof makes the cabin nice and light
Engine naming:
TDI means it’s a diesel engine, TSI means it’s a petrol
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Type Reviews Score
1.2 TSI 105 2 6.0
1.6 TDI 1 8.0
General 7 7.4
1.4 - No longer made 6 7.2
1.4 TDI - No longer made 1 8.0
1.6 - No longer made 1 8.0
1.9 TDI - No longer made 7 7.6
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  • Promo video

    Promotional video for the Skoda Roomster. It's a fairly long video, skip to around 2 minutes to see some driving footage.

     
  • NCAP crash test

    Video from the Euro NCAP crash tests.