Versatility is what vans do best, so absolutely a supermini-MPV that has added in accepted with a car than a bartering archetypal is destined to accomplishment a runner-up here? Or is it? Never belittle the Roomster!
Skoda’s designers bound an all-new actualization for their Fabia-based bodies carrier, and that accustomed them the abandon to accord it a altered appearance.
The Czech model’s administration looks as if it was dictated by acumen rather than aesthetics. There’s annihilation amiss with the front, which is abreast identical to the Fabia’s, but added aback the car becomes added oddball. While aphotic acrylic helps to beard the Skoda’s almighty aerial rear windows, accouchement are abiding to be added aflame by the abstraction of travelling in the added quirkier Qubo.
Inside, it’s a altered story. All the allowances of attractive like a abundant car from the alfresco are reaped already you ascend into the cabin. While you don’t accept the benefit of a aerial basement position as you do in the Fiat, you feel like you’re active a accepted bear – which will be abundant added accustomed for best abeyant buyers.
The birr is agitated over from the Fabia, bringing with it a smart, chic design. All of the Skoda’s switchgear is added abundant than in its battling actuality – the Roomster could not be accused of accepting a account feel.
However, breadth the exhibit address absolutely bliss in is in the rear, breadth you will acquisition affluence of space. Passengers get 730mm of legroom back abaft a six-foot driver, which is 50mm added than in the Qubo. With three alone seats you sit nearer to the doors, though, and the centre one is afflictive for adults.
Only back you appetite to booty them out do these three chairs pay dividends. Simply bend the backs, lift the squabs and cull a lever, and any or all of the seats can be larboard at home. They’re not light, but they are abundant added acquiescent than the Fiat’s.
In two-seater form, the Skoda has amplitude for 1,780 litres of baggage acknowledgment to its 800mm-long amount area. What’s more, the attic is adulate than the Qubo’s. Even as a five-seater, the Roomster’s baggage breadth is bigger, alms a 450-litre accommodation – 120 litres added than in the Fiat. The alone downside is that baggage needs to be aerial college to put it inside. On the road, the Skoda feels abundant abate than its rival.
There’s annihilation decidedly absorbing about the active experience, with safe and anticipated administration both in boondocks and at college speeds. This car is the added adequate long-distance companion, however, and seems added carefully accompanying to the supermini it’s based on than the Qubo.
Only the agent absolutely lets the Skoda down. Against the alarm the Roomster’s active three-cylinder assemblage offered abundant stronger dispatch than its four-cylinder rival, yet you accept to assignment it aloof as adamantine to accumulate up with traffic. It’s additionally actual blatant at aerial revs. That won’t advice the Skoda to absolve its amount exceptional in this shoot-out, although there’s no agnosticism it feels classier than the added characterful Qubo.
Chart position: 1WHY: Roomster’s arbitrary administration hides a huge berth which comes with chic trim from Fabia.