Skoda thinks it has struck it right with the Roomster and has priced the range accordingly, but we can't agree. It starts at under £12,000 for the 1.2 Roomster S with 69bhp (electric front windows, curtain airbags and CD player) and peaks at just over £16,000 for the Greenline.

It's hard to recommend the Roomster Scout unless you're really keen on the styling upgrades; it carries a £660 premium over the equivalent SE model.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

Road tester
The Roomster is a versatile and well-made package

In the Roomster's defence, a Citroën Berlingo costs around the same but, in its latest form, has nothing like the Roomster's charm or dynamic appeal.

Today's Skoda brand might not represent the bargain it once did, but the Roomster is a versatile and well-made package – and it's still a good £2500 or more cheaper than a similarly-engined Skoda Yeti, a car which arrived after the Roomster and which some pundits thought might render the subject of this test redundant.

As for fuel economy, our test 1.4 averaged 42.1mpg across our touring route and an economic 36.7mpg overall. If the official fuel figures are a guide (which they often are not), virtually every Roomster in the current range should better that result.

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