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The oddball Skoda Roomster is back, and there is much to love beneath the skin

Skoda logo21 Jun 2012

By TIM NICHOLSON

One of the motoring world’s truly oddball designs has returned to Australian roads, armed with a new engine, a better cabin and a much sharper price.

The Skoda Roomster was not a hit the first time around, but with its mixture of excellent practicality, decent performance and eye-catching value, we think it deserves more time in the spotlight during its second life.

If you can get past the looks, you might find the charming Roomster answers a question you hadn’t even thought to ask.
Model release date: 1 June 2012 to 1 March 2014

Previous model

Roomster

Released: October 2007
Ended: October 2010
Family Tree: Roomster

AFTER a 25-year absence in Australia, Volkswagen’s Czech brand Skoda was relaunched in October 2007.

Leading the charge were the Roomster and mid-sized Octavia – two four-cylinder engined models aimed at buyers seeking European style at Japanese prices.

A distinctively designed, front-wheel drive, five-door hatchback in the Renault Scenic vein, the Roomster had flexible, removable rear seating and up to 1780 litres of cargo space.

A single, well-equipped model was offered, in a choice of two 77kW drivetrain configurations – a 153Nm 1.6-litre petrol powerplant available in either five-speed manual or six-speed Tiptronic automatic guise, or a crackling 240Nm 1.9-litre TDI turbo-diesel with a five-speed manual gearbox.

Stability control, six airbags, climate control air-conditioning, remote central locking, cruise control, alloy wheels, power windows and a trip computer were standard.

Slow sales of just 235 units over three years saw the Roomster discontinued in October 2010.

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