2008 Skoda Roomster 3 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Unsatisfactory due to poor build quality

Faults:

(1) Very bad knocking from front of car noticed when cold weather started: worse at low ambient temperature - steering rack replaced but problem persists; padding added to passenger airbag area - problem still persists - anti-roll bar bushes being replaced - I hope this works.

(2) Second steering rack failed due to bad internal oil seal - towed to dealer by Skoda Assist.

(3) Minor rattles/buzzing from interior trim (dashboard and front door panels) - these were also evident in the 4 Skoda Fabia courtesy cars I have had.

(4) Rear head rests started rattling (!) - this was due to a small plastic piece becoming detached inside the headrest.

(5) Clutch pipe became detached due to faulty clip.

(6) Exhaust/catalyst heat shield became detached, causing bad vibration on bodywork.

All of the above have occurred after only 2000 miles!

Problem (1) is the major issue and is still to be rectified - I have lost faith in the supplying dealer and have appointed another Skoda dealer to pursue the existing issues. I am considering formally rejecting the vehicle, should the first problem not be rectified.

I have asked for the Skoda Area Technical Manager to get involved.

General Comments:

Very poor build quality on this particular vehicle. Otherwise, it's a very good ergonomic design and quite economical.

Our new car enjoyment has been let down by the poor build quality. I cannot recommend the Skoda Roomster, and will never purchase another Skoda.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th December, 2008

2007 Skoda Roomster Comfort 1.6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Loving the style and ride

Faults:

Nothing so far in the first 1000 k's.

Got it at a finance company sale for a 3rd of its new car price.

General Comments:

Seems to go well, and use very little fuel.

The 6 speed auto is a bit much on a small car, but it cruises great and will get going if you put your foot into it.

Visibility is great, and not too much light comes through the panorama roof.

The air con struggles a bit to climatise the cabin on hot days, and it takes a lot of learning as the car has so many features.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th November, 2008

2007 Skoda Roomster 3 TDI 1.4 TDI turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Well built and practical car

Faults:

To date the Roomster has performed faultlessly. However when I initially picked it up from the dealer, the MP3 connection was broken. This was pointed out to the dealer who sorted the matter out quickly. Apart from this initial glitch, no further issues.

General Comments:

This is a very practical car, once you get over the unusual looks. It's not a hot-rod, but the 1.4 TDI performs adequately, returning a 50 + mpg.

It is very comfortable and the seating position gives good all round vision. It is a very solidly built car, and has a quality feel about it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 2007

2006 Skoda Roomster 3 1.5 16v from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A good small MPV for the price of a good super mini

Faults:

Tracking needed adjusting after it came off the transporter.

General Comments:

Very roomy and light inside, everyone gets a good view out, even back seat passengers as the rear seats are set higher than the front.

Having owned a Mazda Demio prior to this, I expected this car to have lots of body roll due to the car being quite tall (taller than the Demio).

The ride is smooth and steering is crisp, and the cruise control comes in handy for long drives.

The layout of the instruments is good; everything is easy to find and use, lots of little storage spaces. However some are a bit small (the chilled glove-box is a good idea).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2006