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

Our Verdict

Skoda Roomster

The Skoda Roomster shows that practical needn’t mean boring, and makes for an interesting alternative to the traditional estate

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    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.

What's new?

A plastic bodykit and a raised ride height. The Roomster has been lifted by 43mm and given some rough-and-tumble plastic bumpers and the Scout badge for rugged, 4x4-apeing effect.

Other than that, the Roomster Scout's mechanicals are the same as the standard car's. In this case, that means front-wheel drive and a 1.9-litre turbodiesel engine, though a 1.4-litre diesel and 1.4 or 1.6-litre petrol versions are also available.

What's it like?

Quirky looks, a spacious interior and a utilitarian nature make the standard Roomster as appealing as ever. But the Roomster Scout is a more difficult vehicle to like.

The modifications fail to flatter the Roomster's looks or dynamics. Body roll is noticeable and the ride is choppy over uneven surfaces – a combined result of the bigger alloys and longer suspension travel. Otherwise, the controls are direct, and it's enganging if unexciting to drive.

The Roomster is also still both practical and intriguing. It's certainly classier than, say, a Citroen Berlingo.

Should I buy one?

Not unless you really like the looks. The Roomster Scout fails to better the standard model's significant talents.

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If it were our money, we'd go for the Roomster 3, which offers a sunroof and rear parking sensors on top of the Scout's standard specification, for the same price.

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