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Škoda Roomster

The Škoda Roomster (Typ 5J) is a five-door five-seat multi-purpose vehicle-styled leisure activity vehicle, produced by the Czechautomaker Škoda Auto. It was revealed as a production model in March 2006 at the Geneva Auto Show, with sales starting in June 2006. It is built at the Škoda factory in KvasinyRychnov nad Kněžnou District.
A two-door two-seat panel van version named the Škoda Praktik has been on sale since March 2007.
The Roomster is Škoda's first car since the Volkswagen Group's take over of the brand that is not based entirely on an existing Volkswagen Group platform - although it is fundamentally based on the A4 (PQ34) platform, but with some unique additions. It shares components with the previous Škoda Octavia and the current Škoda Fabia. The name is reportedly a conscious combination of the words 'Room' and 'Roadster', and the split personality theme is played out in the design with a carefully honed 'driving room' ahead of the B-pillars, and a generous 'living room' to the rear. The Roomster therefore competes both in the mini MPV and leisure activity vehicle markets, which it will be sharing with the Fiat IdeaNissan NoteOpel MerivaCitroën C3 Picasso and Volkswagen Golf Plus.
The Roomster has also appeared on an episode of the BBC 2 series Top Gear as one of the few inexpensive cars that Jeremy Clarkson liked.
Manufacturer
Škoda Auto
Production
2006 – present
Assembly
Kvasiny, Czech Republic (until 2011)
Vrchlabí, Czech Republic (since 2011)
Solomonovo, Ukraine (Eurocar)
Kvasiny, Czech Republic (since 2013)
Class
Leisure activity vehicle (Roomster)
Light commercial vehicle (Praktik)
Body style
5-door multi-purpose vehicle
2-door panel van
Layout
Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Platform
Volkswagen Group A4 (PQ34)
Engine
Petrol engines:
1.2 L HTP I3
1.2 L TSI I4
1.4 L 16V I4
1.6 L 16V I4
Diesel engines:
1.2 L TDI I4
1.4 L TDI I4
1.6 L TDI I4
1.9 L TDI I4
Transmission
5-speed manual
6-speed manual
6-speed tiptronic
Wheelbase
2,617 mm (103.0 in)
Length
4,205 mm (165.6 in)
Width
1,684 mm (66.3 in)
Height
1,607 mm (63.3 in)
Designer(s)
Thomas Ingenlath
Peter Wouda

Prototype

The Roomster is based on the concept car of the same name, originally revealed in September 2003 at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The concept was slightly shorter - 4,055 millimetres (159.6 in) against 4,205 mm (165.6 in) - than the production model but has a longer wheelbase - 2,710 mm (106.7 in) against 2,617 mm (103.0 in), and featured a single rear sliding door on the passenger side, which was replaced by two conventionally hinged swinging rear doors. Like the production car it was designed by Thomas Ingenlath and Peter Wouda.

Cabin

Škoda conceived the Roomster's cabin in a way it can have different configurations at the choice of the user. The rear 'VarioFlex' seatarrangement, which are taller than the front seats, can be folded in a 40-20-40 split configuration, instead of the more usual 40-60, and can also be moved longitudinally and transversally (by removing the middle seat). The rear seats also have variable inclination up to 7° to the back, or completely to the front.
The luggage compartment can have a completely flat surface with the rear seats completely removed, and the surface's height can also be modified with an amplitude of 250 millimetres (9.8 in). With the rear seats removed, the Roomster's luggage compartment has enough room to carry a bicycle.

Panel van

The Škoda Praktik (Typ 5J8) is a five-door two-seat panel van version of the Roomster. Its cargo space is 1,605 millimetres (63.2 in) long, 1,016 millimetres (40.0 in) wide (minimum), and 900 millimetres (35.4 in) in height - giving a cargo load space of 1,900 litres (67.1 cu ft), and a payload from 550 to 640 kilograms (1,213 to 1,411 lb). It also includes a moveable internal load bulkead, 'hidden' underfloor storage, anti-slip load bay floor covering with six lashing points, and full-length roof rails.
2010 Škoda Praktik front view
2010 Škoda Praktik rear view

Powertrain

The Škoda Roomster takes its internal combustion engines from its Volkswagen Group relatives, all engines are inline four-stroke designs. Petrol engines include the multi-valve inline three cylinder 1.2 litre, with power initially DIN-rated at 47 kilowatts (64 PS; 63 bhp), but now rated at 51 kilowatts (69 PS; 68 bhp), followed by the 1.4 litre and 1.6 litre inline four cylinder EA111 engines, with power of 63 kilowatts (86 PS; 84 bhp) and 77 kilowatts (105 PS; 103 bhp) respectively. The 1.6 litre is also available with a six-speed tiptronic automatic transmission, and is available on the most luxurious models.
Diesel engine propulsion comes from the inline three cylinder 1.4 Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI), with two power levels, base at 51 kilowatts (69 PS; 68 bhp) and "sport" at 59 kilowatts (80 PS; 79 bhp). The most luxurious models get a four-cylinder 1.9 TDI, with 77 kilowatts (105 PS; 103 bhp).
Engine
designation
Disp., config., valvetrain,
fuel system / aspiration
ID code
(family)
Motive power
at rpm
Max. torque
at rpm
Prod.
dates
Petrol engines
1.2 HTP
1,198 cc I3, 12v DOHC
BME
47 kW (64 PS; 63 bhp)
at 5,400
112 Nm (83 lbft)
at 3,000
05/06–
01/07
1.2 HTP
1,198 cc I3, 12v DOHC
BZG
51 kW (69 PS; 68 bhp)
at 5,400
112 Nm (83 lbft)
at 3,000
01/07–
present
1.2 TSI
1,197 cc I4, 8v DOHC
CBZA
63 kW (86 PS; 84 bhp)
at 4,800
160 Nm (118 lbft)
at 1,500 - 3,500
04/10–
present
1.2 TSI
1,197 cc I4, 8v DOHC
CBZB
77 kW (105 PS; 103 bhp)
at 5000
175 Nm (129 lbft)
at 1550-4100
04/10–
present
1.4
1,390 cc I4, 16v DOHC
BXW, CGGB
(EA111)
63 kW (86 PS; 84 bhp)
at 5,000
132 Nm (97 lbft)
at 3,800
05/06–
present
1.6
1,598 cc I4, 16v DOHC
BTS
(EA111)
77 kW (105 PS; 103 bhp)
at 5,600
153 Nm (113 lbft)
at 3,800
05/06–
03/10
diesel engines
1.2 TDI
1,199 cc I3, 12v DOHC
variable geometry turbocharger
CFWA
55 kW (75 PS; 74 bhp)
at 4,200
180 Nm (133 lbft)
at 2,000
10/10–
present
1.4 TDI
1,422 cc I3, 6v SOHC
BNM
51 kW (69 PS; 68 bhp)
at 4,000
155 Nm (114 lbft)
at 1,600-2,800
07/06–
03/10
1.4 TDI
1,422 cc I3, 6v SOHC
variable geometry turbocharger
BNV
59 kW (80 PS; 79 bhp)
at 4,000
195 Nm (144 lbft)
at 1,750-2,500
05/06–
03/10
1.4 TDI DPF
1,422 cc I3, 6v SOHC
variable geometry turbocharger
BMS
59 kW (80 PS; 79 bhp)
at 4,000
195 Nm (144 lbft)
at 1,750-2,500
07/06–
03/10
1.6 TDI CR DPF
1,598 cc I4, 16v DOHC
variable geometry turbocharger
CAYB
66 kW (90 PS; 89 bhp)
at 4,200
230 Nm (170 lbft)
at 1,500-2,500
04/10–
present
1.6 TDI CR DPF
1,598 cc I4, 16v DOHC
variable geometry turbocharger
CAYC
77 kW (105 PS; 103 bhp)
at 4,400
250 Nm (184 lbft)
at 1,500-2,500
04/10–
present
1.9 TDI
1,968 cc I4, 8v SOHC
variable geometry turbocharger
AXR
74 kW (101 PS; 99 bhp)
at 4,000
240 Nm (177 lbft)
at 1,800-2,400
03/06–
05/06
1.9 TDI
1,968 cc I4, 8v SOHC
variable geometry turbocharger
BSW
77 kW (105 PS; 103 bhp)
at 4,000
240 Nm (177 lbft)
at 1,800
05/06–
03/10
1.9 TDI
1,968 cc I4, 8v SOHC
variable geometry turbocharger
BLS
77 kW (105 PS; 103 bhp)
at 4,000
250 Nm (184 lbft)
at 1,900
11/06–
03/10

Safety

Euro NCAP test results
Škoda Roomster (2006)
Test
Score
Rating
Adult occupant:
34

5/5
Child occupant:
40

4/5
Pedestrian:
14

2/4
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Last updated on 7 June 2013 at 06:25.

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