2009 Skoda Roomster | new car review

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 by

Every car design is a compromise.

Engineers and designers work together to reach a balance between great looks, practicality and engineering realism. That’s why when you see concept cars at motor shows, they never look the same in production form – the concepts look good, but are impractical.

At the other end of the scale, you have the Roomster, a car built solely for practicality. No matter how much you squint, it’s not sexy. At all. But that’s the point. After all, when you’re inside a car you can’t see the outside, so the Roomster is all about, well, room, for all the family.

The exterior is unremarkable, save for its odd proportions – the face of the Fabia with what looks like a greenhouse attached. The oversized rear windows have been designed to extend further down the doors than one would perhaps expect to give children a better view of the outside world from the back seats.

2009 Skoda Roomster

The car has a large windscreen for better visibility, big doors and an optional large sunroof. The interior is divided into two parts – the front is intended to resemble a cockpit, while the back has been modelled on a living room. Comfort, storage space and an air of openness are the priorities, with a low floor in the back to improve legroom.

There are plenty of storage facilities dotted around the car. Holders, pockets and compartments can house sunglasses, maps, drinks and so on. The back seats can be moved around or even removed if you have plenty of stuff to lug about – there are more 20 different seating positions available. Two types of Roomster are available in the region, with just the one engine. Power comes from a 1.6-litre engine with 105bhp attached to a six-speed automatic gearbox.



2009 Skoda Roomster

The Roomster Style comes in two versions, one absolute basic and one with a few more options. The basic version comes with 15-inch steel wheels, a radio (no CD or tape player) and central locking, while the more specified version comes with alloy wheels, cruise control and a CD player. A high-spec version called the Comfort is also on sale, which features satellite navigation, parking sensors and the panoramic sunroof, as well as cornering headlights that point in the direction that the car is being steered in.

The Roomster is a quirky car and won’t win many style points, but it’s well thought out for family transport and has plenty of character at a decent price.
2009 Skoda Roomster

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Price Range (AED) 63,000–75,200


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