Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Room for Improvement

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Room for Improvement

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Byline: By Andy Richards

Skoda has high hopes for its intriguing new Roomster MPV. The vehicle is the new face of the marque and clearly the result of a lot of ambitious ( if not daring ( planning.

It is not quite an MPV because it is only a five-seater, and it is also obviously a saloon car.

If you look at the front of the car it is stylish ( the whole of the front area gives you a swept round cockpit look.

Then, from the back of the driver's door you realise that this looks a different vehicle altogether. It does not fit the normal category of style and design ( but it works.

The Roomster has gone from drawing board to the showroom in under three years and this shows the commitment of the Skoda team.

For the last few years Skoda has been producing a range of vehicles which have been pleasant to look at and have given the discerning purchaser superb value for money.

The Roomster is a combination of vehicles ( a Fabia front end platform, the middle section which has been purpose-built to accommodate the vehicle, and the rear section is based on the Octavia.

This gives the impression that the rear is wider than the front and, putting a wheel at virtually each corner, you have excellent handling characteristics and you also have a roomy vehicle.

Just looking at the Roomster head on and you immediately see the start of a new corporate look. You can see a bit of an Audi influence on the two-section grille.

Inside, the Roomster's cabin is airy and spacious, and it has flexible seating with a big boot.

The car was a pleasure to manoeuvre around Birmingham's tight city streets, thanks to light steering and a tight turning circle.

But it also copes effortlessly on faster roads, exuding safe, predictable handling and a compliant ride. True, that elevated roofline means you get more body roll through bends than in many conventional hatchbacks, but it's far from excessive. …

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