The theme of originality continues inside the Roomster where Skoda’s interior design and feeling of quality approaches that of offerings from parent VW. While we experienced a few niggling issues with our two test cars – a small buzz emanating from the dash in one, and an ill-fitting glove box in the other, the fit and finish generally exceeded expectations.
There is nothing complex or fussy about the forward cabin, just thoughtfully placed, simple and stylishly designed controls. Our mid-spec Roomster 2 added metal-effect door handles and vent surrounds, a welcome contrast with the otherwise sober dash.
Although the front cabin is awash with neat storage ideas, such as the elasticated straps that run across the top of the door bins to secure maps, the real trickery is behind the driver. After you’ve found the hidden door handles and stepped through the large rear doors, it’s immediately obvious how much higher the rear passengers sit that than their companions in the front. Assuming you’re not sat behind some freakishly tall driver, you should have a clear view of the road ahead, boosting the sense of spaciousness.
Accommodation in the rear consists of two outer chairs that both slide and recline, and a more occasional fixed middle seat (although it does fold forward to act as a centre arm rest, complete with cupholders). Unsurprisingly given the roofline, headroom is capacious, though legroom for adults is merely adequate, the seats’ travel limited by rear wheel intrusion. Reclining the seats improves the situation and few will complain over moderate journeys.