The Skoda Roomster is classified as a 5-door five-seat multi-purpose leisure activity vehicle that is manufactured by Czech carmaker Skoda Auto. This vehicle was first introduced to the public as a production model in March of 2006 at the Geneva Auto Show and went on sale in June of 2006. The Roomster is constructed at the Skoda factory, located in Kvasiny, Rychnov nad Kneznou District. There was also a 2-door two-seat panel van version of the Roomster and was marketed as the Skoda Praktik and went on sale in March of 2007.
This vehicle is Skoda’s first car since the takeover involving the Volkswagen Group of this brand, though it is not based completely on the current Volkswagen Group platform, though a majority of it based on the A4 platform with a few differences. This brand of vehicles use a number of different components along with the previous Skoda Octavia and the current Skoda Fabia. It has been reported that the name of the Roomster is the result of the words “Room” and “Roadster” being combined. This name refers to this vehicle’s ample rear space as well as its ‘driving room’. The Roomster is in direct competition with a number of different vehicles on the market, including the Fiat Idea as well as the Nissan Note and Opel Meriva.
The Roomster was initially based on the concept care which shares the same name and was introduced to the public in September of 2003 at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The original concept for this vehicle introduced a significantly shorter frame but with a longer wheelbase as well as a single rear sliding door on the passenger side, though it was eventually replaced by more traditional hinged swinging rear doors. The cabin of the Roomster is designed in such as a way as to where its configuration can be changed depending on the preference of the driver.
There is a rear ‘VarioFlex’ seat arrangement in the Roomster, and these seats are slightly taller than the front ones. The rear seats can be folded in a 40-20-40 split configuration, as opposed to the more conventional 40-60 configuration, and they can be moved longitudinally as well as transversely. These seats have a variable inclination that can go up to 7 degrees to the back or all the way up to the front, offering extremely versatility for the user.
The Skoda Praktik is a 5-door two-seat panel van variant of the Roomster and its total cargo space is 1,605 millimeters long as well as 1,016 millimeters wide and 900 millimeters in height, providing a total cargo load space of 1,900 liters or 67.1 cubic feet. This vehicle also features a moveable internal load bulkhead along with hidden underfloor storage and an anti-slip load bay floor covering with six different lashing points. The overall design of this vehicle is incredibly ideal for commercial use as well as personal use for certain people who need a lot of space for transporting various things.
The Roomster uses internal combustion engines that come from some of the Volkswagen Group vehicles and they all have inline four-stroke designs. The petrol engines that this vehicle uses include the multi-valve inline 3-cylinder 1.2 liter with a power rating of 47 kilowatts or 63 bhp but currently has a total rating of 51 kilowatts. There is also a 1.4 liter and 1.6 liter inline 4-cylinder EA111 engines which have a power rating of 63 kilowatts. The 1.6 liter version of this engine comes with the 6-speed triptronic automatic transmission and is available with most luxury models. The Skoda Roomster is definitely one of this automaker’s more popular models and still enjoys a great deal of success in a variety of markets.