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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Audible lights on warningClock
Electro-hydraulic PASExterior temperature gauge
Gear selection indicatorRear parking sensor
Rev counterService interval indicator
Trip computer 

Entertainment

8 speakersAuxiliary socket for external MP3 player
Radio/CD + MP3 

Exterior Features

Aspherical driver's exterior mirrorAuto dimming rear view mirror
Body colour bumpersBody colour door handles
Body colour door mirrorsBody coloured panels on door pillars
Bodyside mouldingsChrome frame on grille
Electric door mirrorsElectric front windows
Electric rear windows with child safety lockHeat insulated glass
Heated door mirrorsHeated rear window
Height adjustable headlampsIntermittent windscreen wipers
Load sill protectionPanoramic glass sunroof
Rear wash/wipeSunset privacy glass

Interior Features

1.5L bottle holder in front door panels12V socket in rear of vehicle
Anchorage loops in luggage compartmentAshtray
Box under passenger seatCentre console with 12V outlet/cupholder/storage box
Cigarette lighterDriver + passenger vanity mirrors
Driver's storage boxFloor mats
Folding centre rear seat - creating rear centre armrest with table and cupholdersFront door panel storage shelves
Front seat back storage pocketsHeight adjustable driver's seat
Height adjustable front headrestsHeight adjustable passenger seat
Height adjustable rear head restraintsHeight/reach adjust steering wheel
Illuminated gloveboxInterior light with delay
Internal chrome door handlesIsofix rear child seat preparation
Lower glovebox with cover and lightLuggage compartment lighting
Parcel shelfPollen filter
Rear coat hooksRear reading lights
Sliding outer rear seatsStorage box in luggage compartment
Ticket holderTool kit
Upper gloveboxVarioflex individually removeable/folding rear seats

Safety

ABS/MSR + Dual rate brake boostCurtain airbags
Driver and passenger airbagsESP with ASR
Front seatbelt pretensionerHeight adjustable seatbelts
Seatbelt warning lamp and buzzerSide airbags
Three 3 point rear seatbeltsTyre pressure monitor

Security

AlarmImmobiliser
Locking wheel nutsRemote control central locking

Trim

Chrome air vent surrounds
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO0.385CO2 (g/km)134
HC0.055Noise Level dB(A)72
NOx0.017Particles0.003
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 5 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1197Compression Ratio10.0:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)71Cylinders - Stroke (mm)75.6
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryTURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears5 SPEEDNumber of Valves8
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)49.6EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)57.7EC Urban (mpg)39.8

General

Badge Engine CC1.2Badge Power85
Coin DescriptionTSICoin SeriesSE
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 079EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years10
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)12.6Engine Power - BHP86
Engine Power - KW63Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM4800Engine Torque - LBS.FT118
Engine Torque - MKG16.3Engine Torque - NM160
Engine Torque - RPM1500Top Speed107

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front195/55 R15
Tyre Size Rear195/55 R15Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleAVIORWheel Type15" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1543Height (including roof rails)1607
Length4214Wheelbase2620
Width1684Width (including mirrors)1897

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)55Gross Vehicle Weight1676
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1585Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)480
Max. Loading Weight530Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1000Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked450
Minimum Kerbweight1146No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.5
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Skoda Roomster

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

Intelligently designed, Skoda's Roomster offered an unusually different take on compact, yet versatile five-seat family motoring. In 2010, the Czech brand updated it, adding in a more efficient engine range. It was a useful embellishment to a practical, affordable compact MPV contender that certainly deserves a second look.

History

If you're after a reasonably-sized compact family car, there are basically four often unsatisfactory choices. Most start by looking at an ordinary Focus-sized family hatchback. But that may not be versatile enough. One of those Renault Modus or Citroen C3 Picasso-sized supermini-MPVs then? But that might be a little too small. A boxy van-based mini-MPV like Citroen's Berlingo Multispace or Fiat's Doblo would solve that problem - but who wants to drive a converted van with windows? People who can't stretch to the high prices you're required to pay for proper purpose-designed 5-seater mini-MPVs like a Renault Scenic or a Citroen C4 Picasso, that's who. People, in fact, who perhaps really should be considering this car, Skoda's Roomster. If you're not familiar with the name, then we're not surprised. This car wasn't one of Skoda's more successful sellers, first introduced in 2006 and then updated in 2010 to create the version we're going to look at here as a used buy. The modest sales this car achieved were somewhat unfair since arguably, this is one of the most innovative cars that Skoda has yet produced. In creating it, they tried to blend the driving pleasure you'd get from a family hatch, the versatility you'd expect from a supermini-MPV and the practicality and size you'd expect from a van with windows. Then, with a twist of design flair, the Czech brand attempted to deliver it all for substantially less than buyers would pay for a purpose-designed 5-seater mini-MPV. So why didn't the Roomster sell better? The answers aren't obvious, but a more efficient, adventurous engine range certainly helped its cause when the range was refettled in 2010, this model selling in this guise through to the end of 2015 when Skoda stopped offering it. Let's check it out.

What You Get

Skoda wanted the Roomster to stand out a bit more in its revised post-2010 form, hence the redesigned radiator grille and widened 3D-shaped headlamps that differentiate this version from the original post-2006 version, these changes intended to visually widen the car's front end. But it's not the front end you'll be thinking about the first time you clap eyes on this car. That side profile may seem unusual with its swooping curves and angular windowlines but it's all been designed with purpose, if one that seems to suggest that the designers of the front and rear ends had only a passing acquaintance with each other. This is, as Skoda say themselves, a car of two halves - or 'rooms' as the Czech company's PR machine would have us refer to them. The 'Driving Room' is the area occupied by the driver and front passenger, and it feels very much like that of a conventional family hatchback. There's nothing adventurous (or especially up-market) about the design here but it all feels solid and durable and the two-way adjustable steering wheel and height-adjustable seat mean it's easy to get comfortable. Great attention has been paid to practical touches like the double glovebox or the extra-wide door bins that can accommodate a 1.5-litre bottle and have elasticated straps that run along the top for holding maps in. As you progress rearward, you enter the Roomster's 'Living Room' and once you've found the hidden door handles and entered through the large doors, you'll find that it's here that the vehicle's van-like silhouette pays dividends. The roofline steps up, allowing the rear seats to be mounted 46mm higher than those in the front. This not only gives back seat passengers a better view but also increases the space they have on offer. Leg and headroom are both extremely generous and there's a light, airy feel to the space thanks to the large windows. The Varioflex rear seating has also been thoughtfully designed, with the rear bench divided into three separate chairs, all of which are individually foldable and removable, though the centre seat is rather narrow. In total, there apparently are over 20 different seating configurations. If you've only two kids in the rear for example, you might want to take the centre seat out - or perhaps just fold it down and use the in-built cup-holders. And because the seats slide backwards and forwards as well as reclining for long distance comfort, you can decide between prioritising backseat legroom or rear luggage compartment space. Which brings us to the boot. Though the rear hatch isn't the easiest thing to lift and will be awkward in confined supermarket spaces, once it's raised, you should have few complaints about the 450-litre space on offer which is not much less than Skoda's much larger Octavia hatch. It's versatile too, thanks to the way that the parcel shelf can be positioned at two different heights. So, for example, the family dog can be positioned well clear of squashy shopping on the way back from town. If you've heavier objects, they can be secured via lashing eyes on the boot floor. But of course that's only just the start. Fold the rear seats down and a loading surface of up to 1,022mm long is created, whilst the volume rises to 1,555-litres. If you need more room, each seat unit - or all three - can be independently pivoted forward and held in place with a bungee cord which can also secure items in the boot. If that's still not enough, then each of the 16kg seats can be removed completely and shoved in your garage for a truly van-like 1,780-litres of space: just as well that a 515kg payload is on offer too.

What to Look For

The Roomster is a largely straightforward sort of car without the flashy trim finishes or gimmicky design features that don't tend to stand the test of time too well. Check the interior for signs of heavy use, stains on the upholstery or bits of broken trim. Mechanically, the car should be sound with its range of tried and tested engines but make the usual checks to ensure that yours isn't hiding any guilty secrets.

Replacement Parts

(Estimated prices, based on a 2011 Roomster 1.2 12v) An alternator is a big ticket item at around £400, while a clutch assembly is around £200. Front brake pads are a reassuring £40 a pair, whilst somebody must have employed a pre-VW Skoda accountant when radiators were priced at £90. A starter motor is around £135, whilst a replacement headlamp is just over £100.

On the Road

If you don't want to feel like you're driving either a people carrier or any kind of converted van, then the Roomster will please, because it feels like neither. Though rear over-the-shoulder visibility could be better, otherwise everything else about the low-set driving position and the drive itself is pleasantly car-like, especially round corners where stiff springs which create a slightly firm ride over jiggly surfaces also mean that bodyroll is well resisted. These, along with the wide track, a long wheelbase and nicely weighted accurate steering create a car with plenty of grip ever-ready to change direction without fuss. Don't get us wrong, the feel isn't especially sporty, but it's certainly a cut above most that's MPV-ish. Wind noise is decently contained too, despite the constraints of what essentially remains a boxy shape. There will though, be a little more rumble than we'd want coming from under the bonnet if you've selected the ideal pick from the Roomster's improved post-2010 engine selection, the 1.6-litre common rail TDI diesel, with its choice of 89 or 104bhp power outputs. It's nothing you couldn't live with though and in every other way, this engine is the ideal choice for this kind of car, torquey, efficient and as responsive as you'd wish. Sixty occupies around 11.5s on the way to 113mph in the 104bhp version, quite as fast as you'd want to go in this class of car. Those wanting petrol power in a post-2010 Roomster can sample the hi-tech 1.2-litre TSI unit. It offers 85bhp in this form and is well worth the few extra hundred pounds it costs over the older 70bhp 12v 1.2-litre engine that stayed on at the foot of the range. If you can shake the piggy bank a bit further, the 105bhp version of this TSI powerplant is well worth a look too, especially as it comes with the option of clever 7-speed DSG twin-clutch semi-automatic transmission. Sixty from rest in this variant occupies around 10s.

Overall

The Roomster is unconventional - and that also makes it exactly the kind of car Skoda should be building, using Volkswagen Group parts and economies of scale to keep prices down but blending it all together with design innovation you wouldn't normally expect at this price point. If you thought practical cars were also boring, then you clearly haven't seen this one. If you're convinced by the design, then try and stretch to one of the post-2010 facelifted versions we've been looking at here. You won't pay a lot more than you would for the original version and there's a better range of more economical engines on offer. Overall, those in search of a different take on compact 5-seat versatility will find a Roomster very affordable to run, practical to own and decent to drive. For all that, this car will remain an unusual choice - but in many ways, a very clever one.

Performance
70%
Handling
60%
Comfort
80%
Space
80%
Styling
70%
Build
80%
Value
60%
Equipment
70%
Economy
80%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
80%

This vehicle has previously been registered to a business or a vehicle rental company, or been used by a business, so it may have been driven by more than one driver.

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£123.63
Deposit£300
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Cash price£6798
Credit amount£6498
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£2217
Total amount payable£8328.61
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge1.36p per mile
Representative APR8.9%
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