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Skoda Roomster (2006-2015) Buying Guide

Skoda Roomster (2006-2015)
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by Richard Dredge

The Yeti was such a success for Skoda that its quirky smaller sibling, the Roomster, was (and still is) frequently overlooked. That's a shame because this distinctive MPV has a lot to offer, not least a similar level of practicality to the Yeti, but at significantly lower prices as this was always pitched as a budget model. While the Roomster isn't the last word in sophistication - it's not class-leading in any single area - it is a great-value carry-all that's reliable, well-equipped and versatile. If you're tempted go for a post-October 2008 car as these got the Family Pack as standard; it was previously an option but it's well worth having as it adds a panoramic sunroof, parking sensors, metallic paint and electric rear windows. But with or without this pack, the Roomster makes a great family-friendly buy.

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Key Dates 
6/06Skoda launches the Roomster with a choice of 1.2, 1.4 or 1.6-litre petrol engines, along with 1.4 TDI or 1.9 TDI units, the former in 70bhp or 80bhp forms.
6/07The Roomster Scout is introduced with 1.6 petrol or 1.9 TDi engines, plus a raised ride height and extra cladding down the sides.
3/10A facelift brings a redesigned nose and a fresh engine line-up; there are now 1.2, 1.2 TSI or 1.6 TDi options. Trim levels also change; they're now S, SE and Scout.
5/11An SE Plus trim level is added to the range.
7/11The Greenline II appears, with a 1.2 TDI powerplant and 109g/km CO2 emissions.
Checklist 
  • Cars with a manual gearbox can suffer from premature failure of the clutch. Check for signs of slipping.
  • It has been known for second-gear synchromesh to bail out early on manual cars, so check the change.
  • Some find the headlights weak; if you do lots of nocturnal rural driving you might need brighter bulbs.
  • Until 2009 there was a spare wheel fitted, but in a bid to cut costs and save weight, later cars have to do without any form of spare wheel at all.
  • Power steering failures aren't rare, especially on Roomsters with the 1.4 TDi engine. Check for leaks and feel for play.
  • Some early cars suffered from leaky sunroofs, so check that the footwells aren't full of water. Faulty cars should have been fixed under warranty.
  • Air-conditioning systems can be noisy, so it sounds as though something is wrong. But this is just a characteristic of the system.
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