For The Skoda Roomster's cabin is airy and spacious, and it has a large, well-shaped boot. Big discounts are available, running costs won't break the bank and it's decent to drive.
Against The central rear seat is narrow and the outer ones are awkward to move. The interior plastics are drab and the base trim comes poorly equipped. The engines are noisy, too.
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The Skoda Roomster is a spacious mini-MPV that gives secure handling and a compliant ride for a reasonable price. However, it's not as versatile as it looks and the plastics disappoint.
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There are 13 Skoda Roomster versions available
Target Price team says:
The Skoda Roomster offers big family space for small-car money.
It’s not the most conventional-looking car, but the love-it or loathe-it styling does clothe a car that’s incredibly useful for those needing spacious and practical transport.
The rear seats are very flexible, and slide and fold, as well as being removable - giving you the choice between passenger- and luggage space.
There’s a decent boot, too, although the small engines struggle to produce good performance if the Roomster is fully loaded. They are frugal, though, with all the petrol choices managing around 40mpg;the diesel versions adding a good 10mpg to that, and the Greenline II managing more than 67mpg.
The diesels make most sense on the road, even if they’re a bit raucous around town. The ride is decent in all, though the pseudo-4x4 Scout models come with loftier suspension which is a bit firmer. It’s not four-wheel drive, which makes it a bit pointless, really.
Reader test team says:
I hadn’t planned on buying a Roomster. I wanted a new Octavia to replace my wonderful old Silverline. In the showroom however was a Miami Blue…
I bought a Roomster Scout 1.6 16v in Polar Blue at the end of 2007 as a second car to join my 8 year old Octavia which I use mainly for my business.…
Hi all i went to Skoda and i was thinking about VW golf 5 as it is in same price range and then i saw the Roomster Scout and i have to tell you i was…
Had this car for 1 day while while my Octavia was in for service not nice to drive wollowed about on corners and the plastics looked univiting I am…