With the seats out, the Roomster converts to an efficient two-seater offering an incredible 1780 litres of cavernous cargo volume. The straight side walls that underpin the Roomster's distinctive external styling together with the low boot lip height makes the Roomster more than happy to accept the kinds of bulky, boxy roof-height loads many competitors could not hope to carry.
The ultimate practical family car? Since its international launch last year in Geneva, the Roomster has been critically acclaimed across Europe. It has won Car of the Year in Estonia, Finland and Bulgaria, and Family Car of the Year in Sweden and Belgium. Production capacity is currently being ramped up to meet global demand levels.
Although the Škoda Roomster is not a direct competitor for any vehicle currently in the market, it is envisaged the Roomster will compete principally with vehicles including:
|Petrol & diesel options?||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|Spare tyre||Full-sized||Full-sized||Space saver||Space saver|
removable seats out
|1780 litres||450 litres||540 litres||300 litres|
RRP not including options (auto trans, etc.)
The Škoda Roomster is the first Škoda car designed and built using the 'module' concept.
To maximise return on investment, minimise time to market, and boost the vehicle's economic fundamentals, proven modules and components from within the Volkswagen Group have been integrated into the Roomster's design. Unique research and development resources are therefore used most efficiently. Substantial investment and development costs were in this way saved, and employed in the design of the Roomster's innovative interior features.
Examples of Roomster's modularity include the front end, which is based on the popular and proven Škoda Fabia, while the rear axle is sourced from the Škoda Octavia Tour. The rear platform is sourced from the Volkswagen Golf.
The successful use of the module strategy in Roomster heralds a new era of efficient, faster vehicle development, including niche product development, at Škoda.
The Škoda Roomster is offered in one impressive specification level only - fully loaded with high
Full specifications are included with this kit. Briefly, the vehicle's standard equipment highlights include:
The Roomster is offered with a choice of two engines.
The 1.6-litre inline four-cylinder petrol engine (output graph, above) develops 77kW of peak power at 5700rpm and a maximum of 155Nm of torque at 3500rpm. This engine features 10.5:1 compression and direct injection technology. Its recommended fuel is 95 RON unleaded. It is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, and an optional six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic
is also available.
1.9 TDI Diesel
The 1.9-litre turbocharged diesel engine (TDI, output above) with 19:1 compression and electronically controlled high-pressure direct injection system develops 77kW of power at 4000rpm and 240Nm of torque at 1800rpm. This engine develops more than 200Nm of torque at all revs from 1400rpm to 3600rpm, offering effortless mid-range tractability, and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
The Škoda Roomster cuts no corners on safety, backing up its obvious versatility with a highly protective combination of impressive active and passive safety features.
Roomster Active Safety
The Roomster comes standard with the lifesaving benefits of the Electronic Stability Program (ESP), which continuously monitors the cornering process and can intervene to help prevent loss of control by reducing engine power and automatically applying the brakes - often before the driver is even aware there is a problem.
An advanced Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) helps maintain driver control by preventing wheel lock-up if an emergency stop is required, while a Traction Control System (TCS) monitors the driveline continuously for wheelspin and automatically reduces engine output to prevent wheelslip. Finally, engine braking control (EBC) prevents the driven wheels from locking if the accelerator is lifted suddenly, or if the vehicle brakes sharply because a low gear has been selected.
Roomster Passive Safety
The Roomster's body structure features defined load paths that reduce and control generated collision forces and channel these into the floor structure, away from occupants. Thus the interior remains as a survival space inside which the biomechanical loads on occupants remain below permissible limits, mitigating the chance
Front, head and side airbags are standard (six, in total). In the demanding EuroNCAP crash-test evaluation process, the Roomster was awarded the coveted five stars for occupant protection and four stars for child protection.
The Roomster is even pedestrian friendly, with body construction designed to fulfil today the requirements of stringent pedestrian protection regulations that don't come into force across Europe until 2010. A deformable bonnet and de-coupled or covered rigid forward structures distinctly reduce the likelihood of serious pedestrian injury.
Suited to Australia's typically harsh operating conditions, the Roomster is available standard with a full-sized spare tyre - not a space saver.
|Roomster 1.6 petrol five-speed manual||$26,990|
|Roomster 1.6 petrol six-speed Tiptronic automatic||$29,290|
|Roomster 1.9 TDI diesel five-speed manual||$28,990|
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