‘SCOUT’S HONOUR?’ – Skoda Roomster Scout Range Independent New Review (Ref:870/1184)

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Car and ‘s Independent New Review of the Roomster Scout Range .

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Although it looks as if it be all-wheel drive, it may come as a disappointment to learn that the Roomster Scout shares the underpinnings as ordinary front-wheel models. If you can handle this you#8217;ll find a lot to like. built, rugged and fun to drive, the racks up the credit points.

The collection of van-based MPVs are out there – think Berlingo Multispace, Fiat or Renault Kangoo – enjoyed high levels of thanks to their generous space, competitive pricing and simplicity. However, they#8217;re all scuppered by their rough ready commercial vehicle

In the Roomster, Skoda has a vehicle displays the key advantages of a van-based but without the drawbacks of harsh poor refinement and an industrial The latest Scout model that #8216;lifestyle#8217; element a further.

Van-based MPVs haven#8217;t around too long but their has been rapid. The first appeared back in the late when some bright caught sight of an ordinary van and noticed that its spacious bay, robust construction and price would make it a foundation for a no-nonsense people This formula rapidly popular and many manufacturers their hand with degrees of success.

Then came along and changed the The Czech maker didn#8217;t a small van to convert so, not wanting to be out, they built the – the first van-based competitor that isn#8217;t, based on a van.


Despite its 4×4-style looks, you have the benefit of all-wheel with the Roomster Scout. it does feature a more air given that its 14mm 11mm wider and, importantly, fully 43mm than a standard Roomster. available with four for buyers to choose from and are equally split between and diesel.

The petrol range opens an 85bhp 1.2 TSI unit and also a 105bhp 1.2 TSI variant which can be with DSG semi-automatic transmission.

The with their superior economy are where a lot of the smart will go but, as always, priced at a sizable premium, so sure you#8217;re going to enough mileage to recoup extra outlay at the pumps. will also prefer the relaxed driving characteristics of the however, with the 90bhp common rail option plenty of pulling power. The engine is the 1.6-litre TDI in 105bhp

Despite the high roofline at the all Roomsters resist body admirably and the general ride is far superior to van-based MPV rivals. It nice and quiet when on the move as well, with limited wind and road finding its way inside.

Design and Build

The Scout is easy to differentiate from the Roomster models due to that ride height and also the body mouldings, roof and fog lights. Thankfully Skoda been tempted to really go with the 4×4 styling which would have this car something of a bogus the Czech company staying the right side of the line in key regard.

There#8217;s quite a bit of to stretch out in the Scout. The roofline up, allowing the rear seats to be 46mm higher than in the front: this boosts the available to passengers. Leg and headroom are extremely generous and there#8217;s a airy feel to the space to the large windows.

An optional glass roof increases effect with Skoda out that children become more quickly if they have a good view of the

The rear seating has also thoughtfully designed. All three of the rear bench are individually and removable. They also as well as sliding fore and aft so owners can choose either to passenger legroom or to bump up in the extremely generous boot This boot is accessed a large tailgate which to reveal a capacity of 450 litres.

depending on the position of the rear owners have the option of that cargo space up to a truly van-like 1,780 – which is only when all three seats are in the garage at home.

Market and

Inside the Scout, there#8217;s upholstery, branded floor tinted glass, a tyre monitor, electronic stability and a leather three-spoke steering and gearknob as well as an aluminium set.

There#8217;s no doubt with its composed handling and interior, the Roomster Scout is a far sophisticated proposition than typical van-based MPV but it#8217;s accordingly. The basic price it well clear of the usual fare. All models look however, with air-conditioning, curtain and side airbags, bumpers and an MP3-compatible CD stereo.

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Cost of Ownership

you wouldn#8217;t expect a budget model to be that expensive to run and all of the options return good figures. Expect to see around from the entry level model with the diesels even better. Residual aren#8217;t going to be as strong as the Roomster variant but there be too much in it. Insurance ratings are reasonable with the Roomster models falling into 3 to 5.

As with all Skoda models, the benefits from a decent warranty arrangement from new and all are acceptably clean to boot. The emit around 124g/km of dioxide while the 1.2-litre TSI features a 134g/km showing.


Although Skoda do much to deny it, there is an of lifestyle flim-flam to the Scout missing from the regular model. You#8217;ll pay around extra for this. Whether or not you see it as a worth paying is key in your of this particular model.

a personal perspective, I think a great car that doesn#8217;t the look-at-me addenda.

If the Scout was with a four-wheel drive it would get a solid four or star rating but as it stands, not so sure about this I#8217;d rather buy a normal and spend the grand on an adventure Living the lifestyle rather pretending to seems infinitely

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