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Eden Hyundai Reading
Fuel type Diesel
Engine size 1.2
Derek Slack Motors SKODA (Middlesbrough)
Fuel type Petrol
Engine size 1422
Engine size 1.6
Mitchell SKODA (Chester)
Specialist Cars Skoda Dundee
Willis Motor Company SKODA (South Ruislip)
Des Winks SKODA (Scarborough)
Intelligently designed, Skoda's Roomster offered an unusually different take on compact, yet versatile five-seat family motoring. In 2010, the Czech brand updated it, adding in a more efficient engine range. It was a useful embellishment to a practical, affordable compact MPV contender that certainly deserves a second look.
The Roomster is unconventional - and that also makes it exactly the kind of car Skoda should be building, using Volkswagen Group parts and economies of scale to keep prices down but blending it all together with design innovation you wouldn't normally expect at this price point. If you thought practical cars were also boring, then you clearly haven't seen this one. If you're convinced by the design, then try and stretch to one of the post-2010 facelifted versions we've been looking at here. You won't pay a lot more than you would for the original version and there's a better range of more economical engines on offer.
Overall, those in search of a different take on compact 5-seat versatility will find a Roomster very affordable to run, practical to own and decent to drive. For all that, this car will remain an unusual choice - but in many ways, a very clever one.
Borrowing £7,500 on a Hire Purchase agreement over 48 months, a representative APR of 18.5% and a deposit of £0.00,
the amount repayable would be £216.89 a month, with a total cost of credit of £2,910.72 and a total amount
payable of £10,410.72.
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