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Skoda Roomster 1.9 TDI (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.
Safety, versatility, practicality
Some road noise, wooden brake feel
||Roomster 1.9 TDI
||Small Under $35,000
|Price when new
|Current price range
$ - $
|ANCAP crash rating
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||1.9-litre turbo-diesel, 4-cylinder
||77kW @ 4000 rpm
||240 Nm @ 1800 rpm
|Acceleration to 100 km/h
|Braking from 80 km/h
||5.5 litres / 100 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.