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Skoda Roomster – lots of space, but also lots of criticism

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The high-roof station wagon from the Czech VW subsidiary is a packaging artist, but the TÜV has been met with criticism. Fixing the Skoda Roomster's quirks is often expensive.

There are cars that are no longer being built, but still make an impression on customers today: the Roomster from Skoda is one of them, as it lives up to its name. The interior is as variable as it is spacious, which is a pleasure for tradesmen and families alike. But: it breaks down all the more often – often literally – during the general vehicle inspection (HU). It's good if prospective buyers know about the flaws and check the car for them before buying.

Model history

The Roomster rolled into the car world in 2006. In 2010 it was given a facelift, which brought a new front section, a different dashboard and new engines – including for the fuel-saving Green Line variant. In 2015, Skoda stopped production of the model.

Dimensions (according to ADAC)

  • 4.21 meters x 1.68 meters x 1.61 to 1.65 meters (L x W x H)
  • Trunk volume: 480 to 1585 liters (roof height with rear seat folded down)

Body variants

The standard version is the five-door model with a high roof and five seats and no frills. The Scout variant with optical elements in an off-road style received these, which debuted in 2007.


From transporting bulky sports equipment to numerous moving boxes – the Roomster's talent is already announced by its name. Its rear seats can be moved, relocated and removed. According to the “Auto Bild TÜV Report 2024”, the chassis shows long-term qualities during the MOT. Springs and dampers are just as solid as the parking brake, brake lines and hoses. The function of the foot brake only weakens slightly during MOT number five.


The Roomster's main negative feature is its frequent oil leaks, and rusty exhaust systems are also a common nuisance. Brake discs are worn out too often in almost all models.

At the third MOT appointment, which even the youngest models have long since completed, as well as at the fourth, the complaint rates for all components of the lighting system are above average.

At the fifth MOT, the rear lights are the main problem. The steering joints are also weak at the third inspection. Rust on the chassis sometimes plagues the oldest Roomsters.

Breakdown behavior

Looking at its breakdown statistics, the ADAC describes the Czech car's performance as “good to average”. The main breakdowns are therefore: defective ignition cables in cars first registered in 2010 and 2012, spark plugs (2008 and 2009), spark plug connectors and ignition locks (both in 2015).


  • Petrol engines (three and four cylinders with front-wheel drive): 47 kW/64 hp to 77 kW/105 hp
  • Diesel (three and four cylinders with front-wheel drive): 51 kW/70 hp to 77 kW/105 hp

Dealer sales value according to the German Automobile Trust (DAT) with statistically expected kilometers – three price examples

  • Roomster 1.2 TDI Greenline (6/2014); 55 kW/75 hp (three-cylinder); 155,000 kilometers; 4,559 euros.
  • Roomster 1.2 TSI Scout (6/2015); 77 kW/105 hp (four-cylinder); 120,000 kilometers; 7,282 euros.
  • Roomster 1.6 TDI DPF Family (6/2012); 77 kW/105 HP (four-cylinder); 179,000 kilometers; 4,075 euros.


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