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.
Skoda Roomster MPV 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.
Skoda Roomster MPV refinement
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.