In-depth Reviews

Skoda Roomster owner reviews

"While it’s no longer on sale, the Skoda Roomster remains a practical and economical car for growing families."

Carbuyer Rating

3.0 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.5 out of 5

63%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

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Common Problems

  • Electrics (8 cases)
  • Engine (3 cases)
  • Suspension (3 cases)
  • Other (5 cases)
  • Electrics, Engine (1 cases)
  • Electrics, Other (2 cases)

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.2 TSI DSR

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

48
Review
I downsized from a Mercedes and was concerned that I might not enjoy the car as much. I've been proved wrong. It's lively and safe to drive and the automatic gearbox produces 48mpg on a mixture of short and long trips. I don't miss all the gadgets. I'm retired and getting into and out of the car is not a problem, rather than having to struggle in and out with a lot of these other types. My grandchildren appreciate the deeper windows at the back as they can easily see out when they are in their child seats. I took out a service plan and the local Skoda garage are very good at maintaining it. I bought the car as an ex-demo, a year old, with 2,000 miles on the clock. Can't see this model being bought by 'upwardly-mobile' oiks from the home counties but, having done all that with Mercedes, BMW's and Westfields, it's nice to have something that doesn't cost the earth.
Reliability

5 out of 5

Never had a problem in two years
Performance

4 out of 5

Quite lively for a 1.2 litre engine. My racing days are over so it's nice just to pootle along
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Insurance is cheap (£186pa). Car Tax £125. Petrol 48mpg

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

51.4
Review
Have had no repairs necessary since buying
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Servicing I do myself and tyres last well. I do a lot of motoring in France where fuel is a lot cheaper.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Semi Auto

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
not long enough to tell
Running Cost

5 out of 5

not long enough to tell BUT free servicing for three years!

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

50
Review
Starts first time and never breaks down.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

two year fixed price servicing.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

3, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Good practical car for a family. Reasonable running costs. Overall a good buy.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Perfect practical family car which has performed faultlessly and done everything we asked of it.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

do not know, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
A very comfortable ride for both driver and passenger. Plenty of room in the back and a roomy boot

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

se, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Great surpassed all our expectations

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Review
very reliabile
Running Cost

4 out of 5

wipers/bulbs easy to change and cheap

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Semi Auto

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

46
Review
it starts first time in all weathers even when it is icy.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

providing you don't want to rush around at top speed with aggresive driving then a tank of petrol lasts for a fortnight. this car uses a bit of oil and in the last year I have put in half a litre

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
It already needs a new gearbox, but I haven't had it done because it would be over Ł4000. For a car which is only 4 years old, I think this is disgraceful.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

I'm afraid I don't monitor it closely enough to have a real opinion.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Review
Only one problem with the electric window switches failing.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Review
Only one electrical issue with the windows.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

TDI 3, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Well built, pleasure to drive, practical

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Surprisingly practical for its size, economical, better performance than expected from a 1.4 diesel, unexpectedly happy with it.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Scout, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Practical design for our way of life. Only thing i woud change is the low profile tyres, they seem to givea bumpy ride on some surfaces

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.6 tdi se

Year of registration

64

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
To start off i use my roomster as a taxi / private hire . I bought it with 16,000 miles it now has 64,000 in just over one years oenership .. and i can honestly say its been amaizing. No issues what so ever bar the usual servicing and tires. As you can imagine ad it is used as a taxi as well as my personal car . Theres alot of people is and out and it has held together great. Nothing has broke snapped ripped etc. All the customers love it due to the very roomy interior.
Reliability

5 out of 5

Amazingly reliable no problems to report

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

55
Review
Doesn't seem as reliable as my previous Fabia estate.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Fuel ,tyres and "Mars" bars!!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

55
Review
turbo and elec windows radio

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

50

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Semi Auto

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
What can I say? Starts every time, never lets me down. I have total confidence in it.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Scout, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Querky but reliable, economical and safe

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

roomster1, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
If the engine was smoother and quieter it would be a very good car

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

3, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Great

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.6 TDI

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Review
Great car - loads of room and versatile space, very good to drive and park, good body design with panoramic roof. l can see this model being a collector's car as it is no longer produced? This one of Volkswagen engines that has to be adjusted but Skoda have been in touch with us all the way. Good shoppers car as it is small on the outside so easy to park, but massive on space and back seats can come out so easily, even with seats in there is loads of space. My wife likes high space for garden plants and gardening stuff.
Reliability
Never had a problem with this car and cheap to service
Performance
Nippy car, well designed for families and outdoor people as you can get bike in back without taking it apart. Good all-rounder.
Running Cost
Very good

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

53
Review
Build constuction dubious. Much worse than my previous 3 Skodas. Rattles very annoying!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
I consider the skoda brand very reliable
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Diesel gives us better fuel economy, but tax, tyres and servicing all add up!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

48
Review
Hasn't broken down on me yet
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Good for fuel.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
no faults

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Review
Had a small coolant leak first month I owned it. Fixed under warranty no problems since so very good.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Too heavy on petrol around town but good on a motorway 47mpg average. Parts are cheap and plenty.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

54
Review
Minor issue with power windows fixed by main dealer. Otherwise 100% reliability
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Only costs are fuel and washer fluid, it is economical with both

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

47
Review
Other than normal maintenance, servicing, tyres, brakes etc, the only repair needed for the car was a bent rear door support strut which was repaired under warranty. The car was only off the road for a few hours.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

The overall running costs have been pretty good. I have owned and driven a considerable range of cars and feel that this cars running costs fall into the 'economical' bracket.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

3, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
An excellent idea. Practicality personified. A wonderful blend of functions... However, for all that, it's not as well screwed together as any of my previous three skodas. I used to be a very happy skoda owner. Now i'm less so. Just over three years old so warranty over! Fingers crossed now !!!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

scout, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Practical but unglamorous

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Roomster Scout, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Excellent

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

3, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Quirky styling, but very practical design. A skoda gives me vag capability but at a more sensible price.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

i, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
The car has been reliable and good value for money, dealwer has allways been helpfull.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.2 TSI AUTO DSG

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
MOTABILITY VEHICLE GOOD BOOT SPACE FOR MOBILITY SCOOTER GOOD ALL ROUNDER NO PROBLEMS UP TO NOW WOULD RECCOMEND TO ANYONE

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Review
expensive problem with reversing sensor (around Ł150)

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

47
Review
no problems todate
Running Cost

4 out of 5

only requires routine service

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40
Review
reliability very good, despite being used predominately for short runs
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Fuel economy hampered by town use - dealer servicing pricey

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

58
Review
No problems so far
Running Cost

4 out of 5

very goo if you keep your speed down

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

45
Review
FAILED ELECTRICS 1; HEADLAMP DIPPING. MAIN AGENTS GUESS WHAT IS WRONG 2. SMART CHARGING. NOT SO SMART. ALT. U/S ? AS ABOVE. THE CAR IS O.K. BUT FARMER'S OF NOTTINGHAM (MAIN DEALER) GUESS AND FAIL TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS THAT COME AS A MISTERY. DOES NOBODY ELSE HAVE THESE FAILURES?
Running Cost

3 out of 5

ALL PARTS ARE EXPENSIVE. MAYBE BECAUSE THEY ARE MADE FOR VOLKSWAGEN, WHO OWN SKODA? i BUY MOST OF MY DIESEL AT A FRENCH SUPERMARKET IN DUNKERQUE, FRANCE

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

roomster 2, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Cheap chearfull and functional , but a big step down from my old touran so a new touran is on order

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE TSI 86ps

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

47
Review
We recently purchased the Roomster and in noway is this a long term review. My wife bought this car and uses it it go to work but our main reason for buying it is we wanted a vehicle unlike the Micra we have is to be able to carry our 2 medium sized dogs without having to put down the rear seats. It drives well and by golly you have to watch your speed on the Motorway otherwise you are doing 90mph and not realising it. The seating position is higher than the standard saloon or hatchback and gives the driver good vision all round. The doors are wide giving good access for any one who has a disability or elderly. The ride is firm but comfortable and takes our potholed roads with aplomb. MPG is great I have just gone down to the Dorset and back covering 470 miles there and back and the fuel averaged out to 47mpg. The build quality is very good and the underpining and engine is VW so in reality you getting VW quality but at a less price..

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

SE, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Love it, does exactly what it says on the box, uses no oil, easy to park and loads of room in the back.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Scout, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Best all-round car for our needs

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

3, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Extremely practical and spacious

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

Level 2, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Great car, easy to drive, kids love it. Lots of space for a small mpv. Good cheapish motoring. 4th skoda we have owned & will have another.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Roomster 2, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Very good car with lots of space and if you take out the rear seats you have got massive amount of space. It's a very nice car to drive and with both front seats adjustable it's ideal for my wife to drive as she's only 4ft 9 .

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

roomster2, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
This is my third skoda. Utterly reliable. Well built. Very practical now we have a grandchild to transport here, there and everywhere. Everything fits in the back of the car with room to spare. The unusual styling turns heads and many questions have been asked by fellow motorists.

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