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A novel and attractive addition to a crowded market. Wait to see the final pricing on UK models before committing, though - it could prove expensive.

Our Verdict

Skoda Roomster

The Skoda Roomster shows that practical needn’t mean boring

  • First Drive

    Skoda Roomster Scout 1.9 TDI

    Unless you must have the faux-4x4 looks, we'd stick with the standard Roomster.
  • First Drive

    Skoda Roomster 1.9 TDI

    A novel and attractive addition to a crowded market. Wait to see the final pricing on UK models before committing, though - it could prove expensive.
Steve Cropley Autocar
24 May 2006

What's new?Oddly-shaped body combines car-like front cabin and MPV-style rear cabin in a funky rising-roof body design which is easy to like. Underpinnings bear no direct relationship to other VW group models: Roomster chassis and suspension combine Czech-made bits from existing models: Fabia front end with Octavia rear, plus some new stuff in between.What's it like?Impressive all over. Lots of space, and versatile layout of seats which can either fold into a dozen different configurations or lift easily out.Roomster is a neat handler with wide tracks and a low driver's seating position, so it feels very car-like. Nicely-weighted steering. Corners neutrally and grips well; tends towards understeer near the limit. Great feature is the combo of good body control and a quiet, supple ride over ruts and ripples: they're as easy to find in the Czech Republic (where Roomster is made) as in the UK.Meaty four-cylinder turbo diesel isn't especially impressive for power, but has bags of torque, which gives it long motorway legs and makes it dead simple to drive. It's fairly quiet, too, which chimes in well with Roomster's fairly low road and wind noise, too.Should I buy one?You should, if you're looking for something different in a market sector crowded with some pretty ordinary-looking contenders. Chances are you'll enjoy driving this one more than most. Might be worth trying a bit of haggling, though.Skoda claims it is keeping to its 'value pricing' policy, but aghainst a Citroën Xsara Picasso, Roomster starts to look expensive - especially at the top of the three-tier range.Is it overpriced? We'll know early next year, when it's had a few months to settle into the market.

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