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.
Alex Politis, February 6th 2008