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The Skoda Roomster has been relaunched in Australia with a new engine, refreshed styling and sharper prices as the Czech brand takes another shot at the local compact MPV market.

Skoda Australia initially introduced the Roomster in October 2007 but failed to make an impact with the uniquely styled five-seater, which was priced from $26,990. In the three years before it was discontinued, Skoda sold just 235 Roomsters across the country.

But with a new starting price of $22,490, Skoda Australia is hoping to make a much bigger splash with its quirky yet versatile MPV.

The Roomster is powered by a 77kW/175Nm 1.2-litre direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine – the same powerplant found in the Skoda Fabia, as well as the Volkswagen Polo and Golf. A five-speed manual transmission is standard while the optional seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission adds $2300 to the price.

Combined cycle fuel consumption from both variants is 5.9 litres per 100km, but the manual is incrementally quicker when accelerating from 0-100km/h (10.9 seconds versus 11.0).

Standard features include 15-inch alloy wheels (with a full-size spare), roof rails, manual air conditioning, cruise control, multi-function trip computer, height-adjustable driver’s seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, tinted windows, and an eight-speaker audio system with AUX port and Bluetooth phone connectivity.

Optional features include rear parking sensors, climate control, front fog lights, Mobile Device Interface system with USB connectivity, partial leather seats, and the choice of a silver, black or white roof.

At 4214mm long, 1684mm wide and 1607mm tall, the updated Roomster is 9mm shorter, 109mm narrower and 84mm lower than Skoda’s off-road-themed Yeti compact SUV.

The standard ‘Varioflex’ system allows all three rear seats to be individually folded flat or removed completely, expanding the Roomster’s cargo capacity from 450 litres with all seats in place to a van-like 1780 litres with all three pulled out. A number of storage options enhance interior practicality, including storage boxes, a flexible compartment in the side panels of the luggage compartment, and front door bins with 1.5-litre bottle holders.

The standard safety package includes six airbags (dual front, side and curtains) and electronic stability control. Although the relaunched Roomster has not been retested by ANCAP, the new model should uphold the five-star rating applied to the old model.

The relaunch of the Skoda Roomster coincides with additions to Skoda Australia’s Fabia line-up, which now includes a seven-speed DSG option, a new wagon body style, and the sporty Fabia RS hot-hatch variant.

2012 Skoda Roomster manufacturer’s list prices:

  • 77TSI five-speed manual – $22,490
  • 77TSI seven-speed DSG – $24,790

  • Golfschwein

    It’s a cheeky little mite that DARES you to like it. I’m happy to oblige.

    • Ima_Hogg

      All because its a VW dub.

      • Henry Toussaint

        Wow a 0.1 second faster acceleration times! So Impressive. Nice car though, I reckon they should make an RS Version of it…But then again there is the Fabia RS Wagon.

  • Exar Kun

    Great little car!  No diesel coming this time?  That’s a shame as it really suits it.

  • JD

    looks like the popemobile. not something you would call sleek.

  • Able

    I think the Yeti is a more rounded vehicle (and I’d know, i own one) but the Roomster is more practical and at $22k it does seem like very good value for money, certainly better value than when it was here before. I’m one of the only people who actually gets it unfortunately!

    • Noddy

      I love it also. I think the 1.2 will serve it well, but I wish it had Octavia engines instead!

      • Able

        I agree, a 1.8TSI Roomster would be a great product (hence my admiration for the Yeti which can be had as a 1.8TSI).

  • Kampfer

    Interestingly the Roomster only cost $1.5k more than the Fabia Wagon which pretty much same car with different body. If only Roomster can look just that little bit better, it’ll be a no-brainer to pick this over the wagon……. Shame about the look…

    Fabia RS Wagon FTW!!!

    • Jerrycan

      Actually it is a different body.
      Skoda mated the polo front to the Golf back and it is 5 star as opposed to the Fabia being all previous Polo based and only 4 star. The roomster is much better value in my opinion.
      If you ‘paintbrush’ in a different window line for the rear doors of the Roomster, the styling improves greatly.

      • Golfschwein

        I think what Kampfer was saying is that the Fabia and Roomster are the same car up to the A-pillar. The dash is the same. After that, things go a bit wild!


    Huge windows, no privacy. The public could clearly see your belly button (down to that level).

    • Phil

      Did you actually look at the photos? All you can see is the drivers head and if you look at the parked side on photo, you can only just see the top of the steering wheel and the headrest.

  • Kd

    This is an awesome little car. I love it, but not with the coloured roof.

  • Robin_Graves

    They should have gone to Ssangyong for the design contract.

  • Polo

    I feel sorry for the people who bought it at the original price.

  • A Fair Go

    So Skoda can ship the Roomster all the way to Australia and sell it at the roughly the same price the Poms get it for. ItI really highlights how much the other importers (and Skoda themselves on some of their other models) are taking us for a ride over their prices. Surely Skoda is not making a loss selling us a $22490 Roomster.  
    I really do think the government should address this blatant price gouging by the local importers.

  • Drive

    I just don’t get it. I guess most people don’t hence why sales are so poor. It’s expensive for a small car/van crossover and it’s an obscure brand. It has a toy motor. It has quirky styling. All these factors will always mean slow adoption rate.