Skoda offers six engine options with the Roomster, three petrol units (a 1.2-litre three-cylinder with 69bhp or a 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbo TSIs with 84 or 104bhp) and three turbodiesels (a 1.4-litre three-cylinder with 74bhp for the Greenline and a 1.6-litre four-cylinder with 89 or 104bhp.
Whichever you choose, there’s satisfaction to be had from driving a Roomster. The three-cylinder 1.2 makes the deep and sonorous hum typical of that configuration but might struggle on longer trips, especially with the car loaded. However, the sweet, hard working 1.2 turbos will prove well up to the task.
Our test car was actually a non-turbo, 16-valve 1.4 with 85bhp, an engine no longer available in the Roomster but still offered in the Fabia. At the track it achieved a maximum of 102mph, and it proved able to cruise happily at 80mph with power in reserve, although the short fifth gear does translate to a buzzy 4000rpm at this speed.
The current lower-power TSi should provide similar pace with stronger low-end pulling ability and better economy, while the 104bhp version should prove able to beat our test car's 12.4sec 0-60mph time handsomely.