Paris show: We check out the Joyster
28 September 2006

Fabia and Fabia-er: Skoda’s Joyster mini-MPV concept, given its world premiere today (September 28) in Paris, aims to build on the company's good on-the-road reputation and present a more youthful image.“Cor, it’s bright,” said John McIlroy, editor of Autocar.co.uk. “Very yellow. But that doesn’t stop it from looking cool. The swathe of glass from the quite-fat C-pillars – the A- and B-pillars are blacked-out to be almost invisible and the roofline above the windscreen is almost semi-circular – is very striking. The roof gives the impression of being cantilevered. “There’s a hint of BMW 1-series about its rear end, and its hatch is a two-piece like the Range Rover’s.”

The front-wheel-drive Joyster, like the original Fabia, is expected to get use of VW’s new platform before the next generation of Polo.

“It doesn’t take a great leap of imagination to see this concept going into production,” said McIlory. “The Roomster concept [the Joyster’s bigger MPV brother] looked a bit wackier; the Joyster looks to be more of a finished article. There are some interior design touches that will probably have to go – the triangular seatbelt holsters built into the seats, the purple mood lighting in the front footwells – and the dash is fake, but it doesn’t take long to insert some dials. I reckon this car, a stylish baby hatchback, is 18 months/two years away.

“If Skoda makes an even more aggressive vRS version of it – give it about 215bhp – I’m sure it would sell well.”

Read our interview with one of the Joyster's designers here.

More stories from the Paris showBaby Rolls on the wayLancia's British returnAlfa's super-sexy supercarThe new AvengerThe Corolla's successorSkoda Joyster Q&AThe next TwingoChevy's diesel WTCC carFord crosses overRenault's small 4x4Volvo C30 in detailFastest hybrid in the worldAudi unveils the R8

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK
  • Volvo V90
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The Volvo V90 is a big estate ploughing its own furrow. We’re about to see if it is refreshing or misguided
  • Kia Stonic
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Handsome entrant into the bulging small crossover market has a strong engine and agile handling, but isn’t as comfortable or complete as rivals