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Skoda Roomster 1.9 TDI (2008)

by Barry Green,reviewed May 2008

Looks aren’t everything, so the old saying goes, and in the instance of Skoda’s Roomster, these words ring true.
In red, as our test car was, the Roomster could have passed for an Australia Post van.

But inside the unorthodox, five door, five seater, is another story. This is one practical and versatile vehicle.

Thanks to its Varioflex seat adjustment, there are eight different seating and load carrying layouts including removal of the rears.

Hence, storage and cargo solutions abound, and rear headroom is spacious (some 100 cm).

The Roomster boasts front, side and curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with brake assist (BA), traction control (TC) and electronic stability control ESC.

And it gets along. The turbo-diesel engine that it shares with the Volkswagen Golf performs better in the Roomster, thanks to the latter being some 100 km lighter.

The ride is firm, but well damped to cope with varying load capacities.

Handling is surprisingly competent, given the vehicle’s top-heavy looks.

The Skoda Roomster is quite unlike anything else, and therein lies its story.
Skoda Roomster 1.9 TDI 2008


Safety, versatility, practicality


Some road noise, wooden brake feel

Car Details

Vehicle make Skoda
Vehicle model Roomster 1.9 TDI
Vehicle type Small Under $35,000
Year 2008
Price when new $28,990 MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars

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Engine 1.9-litre turbo-diesel, 4-cylinder
Max power 77kW @ 4000 rpm
Max torque 240 Nm @ 1800 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 13.4 secs
Braking from 80 km/h 25.1 m
Fuel type Diesel
Economy ADR 5.5 litres / 100 km
Emissions rating
3 out of 5 stars
CO2 Emissions 145 g/km

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.