In a word disappointing. On the road it handles well and has good mid range acceleration. All of the controls are laid out really well and easy to use. The radio/CD/MP3 player is excellent. Interior space is adequate and on par with many hatchbacks but is by no means a substitute for a decent mpv. The rear passengers have good leg and head room and the side windows of a good size. However, the cabin is really claustrophobic. Despite the height adjustable front seats the windscreen appears quite shallow and the side windows are really quite small. Forward and sideways vision is severely reduced and scenic drives are now less enjoyable. Some of my passengers have commented on this fact too. At first I felt quite sick driving this thing but now I am used to it but get zapped by static electricity after every drive instead. The MPG isn’t great either. The published figures are quite good and are partly what attracted me to the car. However, my old landrover often had better mpg around town. Even on a run I count myself lucky to get over 45mpg. This car should and could be so much better. I would love to get my money back but unfortunately am stuck with it now for another 2 years at least.
The surprising thing was that I initially wanted to buy the Nissan Note. I decided to drive the Skoda Roomster as the dealer was the nearest to our home.
The salesman was great and helpful, showed us the car and let us drive the route that we knew.
My wife, always dubious over MPV-style cars, was smitten by it. We got a great deal, but due to our needs, we brought the 1.4TDi 3, because most of our driving will be town-based. It's our second Skoda - why pay more?
Poor Nissan! They need to do a little bit more customer-focused training, because I found the whole experience from our local dealer to be poor and somewhat patronising.
When asked - "Skoda Roomster - never heard of it!" Enough said!
Like another reviewer I was looking to buy an Octavia, liked the weirdness of the Roomster, had a test drive and bought one. Like most other reviewers I like the attention to detail and all of the options. I got them all as I bought the demonstrator. The downside being the light beige interior which is not too practical but as I have no kids or a dog it hasn't suffered too badly, I've had mine for a year now. The diesel engine is a bit noisy but appears to be very flexible and very economical most of my driving is shortish journeys in town and I'm averaging 550 - 580 miles to a tank full (50 litres). My only niggle is the windscreen de-mist, it takes a long while for the engine to warm up, so on frosty days you need to be prepared to run the car on the drive (If you have one) for nearly 10 minutes. Then the screen clears on the LEFT side first, shame it's RIGHT hand drive. Soon sorted with one of those ceramic heaters plugged into the cigar lighter though a bit annoying. Rear screen is conventional electric demist and works very quickly and very well. Long trips on the motorway have been very easy though the higher sides do catch the crosswinds a bit though nothing scary, the seats are very comfy. I've definately become a Skoda convert.
Had already checked the Scenic, the CMax and Xsara Picasso when I stepped into a Skoda dealer to check the Roomster. Test drove the 1.4 top trim and went for the 1.6 scout. Looks better,drives better. Compared to the Scenic (original choice), it has more boot room, more head room in every seat and more leg room. Just a bit tighter on the shoulders in the back, but the seat versatility compensates. Cost me 19K Euros for top trim and several extras I wanted (underseat cabinets, shades, alarm, etc). What I got is huge room, nice ride that can be even entertaining at points (owned lancia Delta, FIAT Punto GT), high motorway speeds (can travel at 170 Km/h easily), great climatronic and audio system, good economy (<100 pounds/month), very good quality for class (soft plastic on dash, good cloth on seats, thick carpet everywhere), nothing squeeks inside (owned italian cars), great equipment lev. (front/back windows, 16" alum.wheels, 205/45 tyres, electric/heated mirrors, lots of storage spaces, cooled glove comp.,fog and cornering Xenon lights, ABS, ESP, park sensors, roof rails, dark windows, full reserve wheel, 12v conn, Ipod conn, autoclimate, fully adjust. steering wheel and drivers seat, varioflex in the back, alum. detailed cabin, SUV protectors all around, raised height for easy offroad , graphic disp. trip computer ,tyre press. gauge, low fuel image/sound warning etc.
Order a brochure, find your nearest dealer or book a test drive
After having several larger engined prestige cars I wanted a car that was just that: a car. Not a status symbol, not a racing machine, just a…
Bought a 2003 model 2.0 HDi diesel second hand in 2004 and still running it in 2012. 11,000 miles at purchase is now 113,000. Never broken down, but…