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.
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.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The entry-level engine is a 69bhp 1.2-litre petrol, but this struggles to haul the Roomster around. You’ll be better off with one of the turbocharged 1.2-litre petrols. We haven’t driven all of them yet, but the most powerful 1.2 TSI 105 has enough punch for everyday demands. There are also two 1.6 turbodiesels, with even the weaker 89bhp unit providing adequate pace.
Ride & Handling
The Roomster's ride is fine at speed, but it's a little fidgety around town. There's also a fair amount of body lean through bends. However, there's plenty of grip and the steering is accurate, if a little slow to respond. Scout models, with extra ground clearance, feel firmer and more top-heavy.
Wind- and road noise are well contained, while the engine noise is just about acceptable. The 1.2 TSIs are fairly muted, but the diesels make a bit of a racket and you can feel a bit of rattle through the pedals. Manual Roomsters have a rather agricultural gearshift, too.