Andy Heywood’s Skoda Roomster road test

30 Dec 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Andy Heywood’s Skoda Roomster road test

Skoda Roomster

S 1.4 TDI road test report

Performance

We drove the bottom of the range 1.4 TDi 70 BHP diesel unit, which within the diesel offerings, is the cheapest and least powerful but it returns 62.8 MPG on the motorway and 53.3 MPG on a combined run making it one of the most economical of the bunch. Acceleration wasn’t breathtaking but the car performed well when up and running on the A-roads and motorway journeys. The vast majority of sales of the Roomster must be made up of diesel engine cars although there are 1.2.

1.4 and 1.6 petrol engine variants to choose from as well. The 0-62 time is 16.5 seconds for the variant we drove, but don’t let that put you off as it is not an accurate representation of what the Skoda Roomster is like to drive.

Ride Handling

The Skoda Roomster appears at certain angles to look a little like a small van which has been converted into a passenger car and there are certain moments, such as when going around corners that it slightly resembles such a vehicle in its handling and ride. That said, modern day vans are notoriously fun to drive when un-laden so it might not necessarily be a bad thing.

The ride is fairly firm without being overly so and the chassis retains a fair amount of rigidity despite the height of the car. The steering feels direct and the Skoda Roomster gives the feel of being a simple machine to drive, own and run.

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Performance

The performance is less than adequate; on urban roads its acceleration was virtually non-existent and when driving in rush hour traffic the lack of ‘nip’ is a real hindrance. The diesel engine is also a bit of a disappointment as the guttural noises emanating from the engine are definitely more van than car.

On the motorway it was fine up to 60 miles an hour (when it eventually arrived at those heady heights) but as you push on towards 70 it struggles to accelerate past anything in the outside lane. Given that it appears the Roomster is designed to carry passengers and/or any other ‘stuff’ one assumes it will be even more sluggish when laden with more than just a driver. At least it is safe to say that the performance is not going to frighten a nervous driver.

Ride Handling

The ride is relatively comfortable and it has the feel of a bigger car due to the height in the back and size of windows. It handles the scourge of sub-urban driving (speed bumps) smoothly enough and the dashboard display and radio are both easy to use and lack fuss so it is not necessary to refer to the handbook every five minutes.

The trade off for this comfort is felt when cornering at any sort of speed and in particular above 60mph on the motorway where any significant curve in the road leaves you feeling that a teeter onto two wheels is inevitable. However the cornering is not notably worse than many other MPVs and is markedly better than some; more load weight or passengers in the back may help.

Build Quality Reliability

Safety Security

Space Practicality

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