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 Roomster (1.6 TDi SE+) and my wife persuaded me to take one for a test drive. I was all set to find many reasons to dislike the Roomster (and focus on getting back to Octavias) when, contrary to my prejudice, I loved it. Firm road holding, none of the expected roll on cornering and amazing acceleration for a 105 bhp engine. I postponed my purchase to do some research and found positive reviews and safety rating. One more test drive and I was sold, or rather the Roomster was, to me. The ride is smooth and positive. High seat position, great feeling of road presence and I have no concerns at flinging it around narrow country roads because it goes where I point it, even on sharp bends with poor road surface. Easy power transfer through the gears. The SE+ interior is well equipped. Unfamiliar mirror positions but after a few weeks I appreciate the height and better visibility in the Roomster. In the back, big side windows and panoramic sun roof give wonderful views. The only thing I don’t like is the main beam headlights. Not powerful enough for country night-time driving. And the looks ? Now that I’m used to seeing it on the drive I love the quirky curves and high back. It’s such a distinctive shape, other cars now look a little boring by comparison.
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. The second car had to be a Skoda and I chose the Roomster over the new Fabia as I prefer the looks of the Roomster and the interior upholstery on the Scout is nicer than the midrange interiors on the Fabia. I can also fit my bike in the back of the Roomster which was a key selling point for me.
The car handles impressively well for a tall vehicle. Very good turn in and grip and nice fluid steering - a better driving experience than my Octavia. The only thing that lets that down a little is low down urge from the engine, although it is perfectly capable when you rev it hard. Overall the quality is very good, and although the doors do not quite have the same "hewn out of stone" feeling as the Octavia, the seat fabrics and materials used on the interior are all nice to touch.
I would certainly say the Scout model is the pick of the bunch as the exterior changes make the car look much more purposeful and the interior is nicer than the others in the range too. The Scout also comes with ESP as standard.
If Skoda update the range with newer TSI and common-rail TDI engines then this car would be nearly perfect!
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 impresed Skoda made a good process in cars. i think that between the Roomster and the Roomster Scout is a hudge difference the thihg is i was not sure what to decide becouse i got married two years ago and i have young family which requers a lot space luggage space and so on, i am litle suspicious about the engine 1.4 16v but on the other side i dont want to spend moore money as its cost in my country 14700 Euro thats my limit. but overall i think its a decent family car and it comes with full options 16"alloy wheels 205/45 R16 fog lamps and so on.. i like the interior too...so i'd rather go with the fully equept SCOUT than a normal Golf 5 or Octavia ps; and for those who have tested the roomster who are canadians or amreicans plz guyz what do you expect from a small car with 1.4 L engine you drive a minimum 3.5L car but for europeans i think its normal range
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 used to diesel so found it wanting for power below 3500rpm and heavey on fuel could not wait to get back into my Octavia which is far superior see my report on Octavia Estate 04 onwards
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