Room­ster to move

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Cover Story -

Also (re-)join­ing Skoda’s line-up this week is the Room­ster, that sin­gu­lar huge hatch­back-cum-cross­over ve­hi­cle. Orig­i­nally re­leased here in 2007, it won at­ten­tion for its nov­elty but tal­lied few sales due to its en­gine line-up.

The now re­turned ver­sion runs the ex­cel­lent 1.2-litre tur­bocharged four-cylin­der from 2010 Car of the Year, the Volk­swa­gen Polo TSI. Within in its 4.2-me­tre long, 1.6-me­tre high frame, it has ex­tra­or­di­nary ver­sa­til­ity.

As in the Yeti SUV, it fea­tures the Var­i­oFlex seat­ing sys­tem that al­lows the com­pete re­moval of the sec­ond row for an al­most com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle-like 1800 litres of caargo. Fold the seats flat and you get 1555L, leave them up­right there’s still 450L — bet­ter than some big sedans.

As in the Fabia range, the colour pal­ette is wide and vivid with amp room for in­di­vid­u­al­i­sa­tion.

Prices start at $22,490 for the five-speed man­ual and $24,790 fo the seven-speed DSG auto.

Paul Pot­ting

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