- Skoda Roomster?
OK, so Marmite looks aside, any views or experience of them?
Need a newer family car to replace our Focus as need more boot space for camping/Alps/etc and kids in back are getting bigger and don’t get much in the way of leg room when I’m driving.
Oh, and would probably have a budget of 7-9 grand.Posted 4 years agosweepyMember
My Mrs has had two now and she’s not god fearing at all 🙂Posted 4 years ago
There isnt as much useable space as you might think, compounded by a stupid great lip on the tailgate that makes loading a pain. But apart from servicing neither of them have seem the inside of a garage.
If you get one dont penny pinch and get the one without roof rails, there are no roofbars that will fit without them.
To be honest the rear passenger area is pretty important as I have the drivers seat nearly all the way back. I think the roomster has sliding rear seats. Also the eldest gets travelsick so good visibility is also important.
Not a fan of French cars after a particularly unreliable Renault.Posted 4 years agoMoreCashThanDashSubscriber
We test drove one – 1.6Tdi with the DSG autobox.
Probably the nicest car we tried – pulled nicely, drove nicely, comfy, nice driving position, more than enough room for what we wanted (it was to be the second car) and you can’t see what it looks like from the inside.
But it was only 6 inches shorter than the Octavia that is the main family car, so we got a Fabia instead.
And I doubt it has much more usable room than a Focus.
For what you have described, how about looking at a Golf Plus?Posted 4 years agotthewSubscriber
I’ve had them as hire cars a couple of times, and apart from them looking like an unholy alliance between a small hatch and an icecream van they are ace. You can get them with that nice 1.2tsi petrol engine, and there’s an internal bike rack option.
I list my religion as CofE on surveys and questionnaires, but really only go at Christmas and for weddings and such.Posted 4 years ago
I have one and it’s great 🙂 I use the extra height by putting my bike into a bike bag and taking one of the rear seats out, then have loads of space left for luggage. My son seems to enjoy being in the back as loads of glass to look out of. Drives really nicely, far better than the similar cars I tried – that was a big deal for me coming from a nice to drive car (Puma). I think the fleixible rear seats are great and maybe an estate would have similar space but not as practical.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
We have one for work, the good news is that once you’re inside you can’t tell how ugly it is, as long as you don’t look at passers-by’s faces anyway. It’s well put together (it’s a site vehicle so it gets treated like crap, it takes it very well), comfy, but… Yeah, little bit pointless, I like the higher roof but it’s mostly wasted with a small boot. I’m yet to meet anyone who thinks it makes any sense, it’s not so small that you can do small-car stuff with it.Posted 4 years agozipMember
I have one and think it’s great. I got a 58 plate from new 1.9tdi. It’s very reliable and economical.
Mostly I drive it with the rear seats out and use it as van. Bikes fit in upright no problem with front wheel off and this “lack of usable space” is bullocks. I have managed to move house twice with it, on multiple trips of course. It’s great for taking stuff to the dump too. I should have got one with roof bars fitted though. Was quoted £260 to fit from authorised dealer.
But yes, it looks like a dodgy cut and shut.Posted 4 years ago
I guess I’ll have go have a look at one properly then. I think the bootspace will probably be fine as its bigger than on our focus and we have a large roof box we could use. Its rear ppassenger space that is most important really as on long trips that becomes quite an issue.Posted 4 years ago
I think the flexibility is the thing more than the space, with all rear seats in place it probably has little to offer over an estate. It’s a car that can be a van but drives like a car, all the others I tried were not nice to drive. Oh, a publican chap I know uses his to transport 4 beer kegs at a time so think he finds the height useful.Posted 4 years ago
Cheers Jen, next door has one too and Clare is against the length of the thing as its a nightmare to park around here, thanks though.
@anagallis_arvensis my understanding is that the rear seats can slide back and also the middle one removed and the outer two moved in to give more rear room. But I guess I need to try that to see if its really all that useful.
Oh and we’d probably be getting a tow bar mounted bike carrier so interior space isnt that critical. Lot of food for thought though so much appreciated!Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
SammyC – Member
I guess I’ll have go have a look at one properly then. I think the bootspace will probably be fine as its bigger than on our focus
I’m comparing a current Roomster with a last-model Focus hatch here but while the Roomster boot might be a decent volume, it’s all up and down which makes it much less useful than the Focus boot unless you’re piling up boxes or carrying tall things. For everyday use- say, carrying bags of shopping- it’s effectively far smaller. Generally when we’re using it, it’s hauling closed boxes of stuff and it swallows tons of kit like that.
That’s in 4 seat config btw, I’ve not seen it with 2.Posted 4 years agobajsyckelMember
To add my 2p worth – no, the boot isn’t anything to write home about with all back seats in their normal position. But with 1,2 or 3 seats folded forward or, even better, removed, there is tonnes of space. Yes a lot of it is up and down rather than sheer area but unless you just want to place bags of shopping side by side that’s really useful for big/ awkward items (like bikes or getting changed in the back). The height and a low footwell means the back is also pretty comfy to sit in for taller people/adults.
IMO there are plenty of big estates with bigger boots when the seats are up but the folding options and removal make Roomsters pretty versatile. They aren’t huge externally or internally – Berlingos, Doblos and their ilk are way bigger (especially the new versions) but the few I’ve used are by comparison terrible to drive. But for my needs the roomster’s “usable space” with seats out is as good or better than all but the very biggest estates, and those are likely to be way more expensive to buy and run etc… If it’s in your budget I’d go and try a roomster and play around with the seats (i.e. if you don’t need 3 in the back all the time see how that works), see how it drives before writing them off.
Just seen budget of 7-9k, should easily be within budget but you might fancy something “nicer” seeing as you have the cash.Posted 4 years agoRooleyMoorMember
what about a Skoda Yeti?
A little less boot space than the Roomster, but better looking?
What about the ever-popular Octavia Estate?
We get 2 adults/2 kids/camping gear in easily.
Although, we now also use a half roof box and have 4 bikes slung off the back of it! 😆Posted 4 years agoninfanMember
Well, bringing this up to the top because I’ve just been to have a look at one, and I have to say I’m actually bloody impressed
Seems a perfect bike wagon, and looks like it would be great for weekend away camping with the bikes.
And then I did the sums, and this seems a fantastic offer:
So, once you’re past the looks – any reasons not to for 10K?Posted 4 years ago
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