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Škoda Roomster
Škoda Praktik
Skoda Roomster front 20091212.jpg
Manufacturer Škoda Auto
Production 2006–present
Assembly Kvasiny, Czech Republic (until 2011)
Vrchlabí, Czech Republic (since 2011)
Solomonovo, Ukraine (Eurocar)
Class Leisure activity vehicle (Roomster)
Light commercial vehicle (Praktik)
Body style(s) 5-door multi-purpose vehicle
2-door panel van
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Platform Volkswagen Group A4 (PQ34)
Engine(s) 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(s) 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 Thomas Ingenlath
Peter Wouda

The Škoda Roomster (Typ 5J)[1] is a five-door five-seat multi-purpose vehicle-styled leisure activity vehicle, produced by the Czech automaker Škoda Auto. It was revealed as a production model in March 2006 at the Geneva Auto Show,[2] with sales starting in June 2006. It is built at the Škoda factory in Kvasiny, Rychnov nad Kněžnou District.[1]

A two-door two-seat panel van version named the Škoda Praktik has been on sale since March 2007.[1]

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.[1] It shares components with the previous Škoda Octavia[2] 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 Idea, Nissan Note, Opel Meriva, Citroën 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.[3]

PrototypeEdit

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.

CabinEdit

Škoda conceived the Roomster's cabin in a way it can have different configurations at the choice of the user. The rear 'VarioFlex' seat arrangement,[2] 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.[4]

Panel vanEdit

Skoda Praktik z boku

Škoda Praktik

The Škoda Praktik (Typ 5J8)[1] 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.

PowertrainEdit

The Škoda Roomster takes its internal combustion engines from its Volkswagen Group relatives, all engines are inline four-stroke designs.[1] 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.[1] 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).[1]

engine
designation
disp.config.valvetrain,
fuel system / aspiration
ID code
(family)
motive power
at rpm
max. torque
at rpm
acceleration
0–100 km/h
top
speed
CO2
(g/100 km)
prod.
dates
petrol engines
1.2 HTP1,198 cc I3, 12v DOHCBME47 kW (64 PS/63 bhp)
at 5,400
112 N·m (83 ft·lbf)
at 3,000
05/06–
01/07
1.2 HTP1,198 cc I3, 12v DOHCBZG51 kW (69 PS/68 bhp)
at 5,400
112 N·m (83 ft·lbf)
at 3,000
01/07–
present
1.2 TSI1,197 cc I4, 8v DOHCCBZA63 kW (86 PS/84 bhp)
at 4,800
160 N·m (118 ft·lbf)
at 1,500 - 3,500
04/10–
present
1.2 TSI1,197 cc I4, 8v DOHCCBZB77 kW (105 PS/103 bhp)
at 5000
175 N·m (129 ft·lbf)
at 1550-4100
04/10–
present
1.41,390 cc I4, 16v DOHCBXW, CGGB
(EA111)
63 kW (86 PS/84 bhp)
at 5,000
132 N·m (97 ft·lbf)
at 3,800
05/06–
present
1.61,598 cc I4, 16v DOHCBTS
(EA111)
77 kW (105 PS/103 bhp)
at 5,600
153 N·m (113 ft·lbf)
at 3,800
05/06–
03/10
diesel engines
1.2 TDI1,199 cc I3, 12v DOHC
variable geometry turbocharger
CFWA55 kW (75 PS/74 bhp)
at 4,200
180 N·m (133 ft·lbf)
at 2,000
10/10–
present
1.4 TDI1,422 cc I3, 6v SOHCBNM51 kW (69 PS/68 bhp)
at 4,000
155 N·m (114 ft·lbf)
at 1,600-2,800
07/06–
03/10
1.4 TDI1,422 cc I3, 6v SOHC
variable geometry turbocharger
BNV59 kW (80 PS/79 bhp)
at 4,000
195 N·m (144 ft·lbf)
at 1,750-2,500
05/06–
03/10
1.4 TDI DPF1,422 cc I3, 6v SOHC
variable geometry turbocharger
BMS59 kW (80 PS/79 bhp)
at 4,000
195 N·m (144 ft·lbf)
at 1,750-2,500
07/06–
03/10
1.6 TDI CR DPF1,598 cc I4, 16v DOHC
variable geometry turbocharger
CAYB66 kW (90 PS/89 bhp)
at 4,200
230 N·m (170 ft·lbf)
at 1,500-2,500
04/10–
present
1.6 TDI CR DPF1,598 cc I4, 16v DOHC
variable geometry turbocharger
CAYC77 kW (105 PS/103 bhp)
at 4,400
250 N·m (184 ft·lbf)
at 1,500-2,500
04/10–
present
1.9 TDI1,968 cc I4, 8v SOHC
variable geometry turbocharger
AXR74 kW (101 PS/99 bhp)
at 4,000
240 N·m (177 ft·lbf)
at 1,800-2,400
03/06–
05/06
1.9 TDI1,968 cc I4, 8v SOHC
variable geometry turbocharger
BSW77 kW (105 PS/103 bhp)
at 4,000
240 N·m (177 ft·lbf)
at 1,800
05/06–
03/10
1.9 TDI1,968 cc I4, 8v SOHC
variable geometry turbocharger
BLS77 kW (105 PS/103 bhp)
at 4,000
250 N·m (184 ft·lbf)
at 1,900
11/06–
03/10

SafetyEdit

Euro NCAP test results
Škoda Roomster (2006)[5]
Test Score Rating
Adult occupant: 34 Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg
Child occupant: 40 Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg
Pedestrian: 14 Star fullStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 ETKA, accessed 27 January 2010[clarification needed]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Škoda Roomster has space aplenty". TopGear.com (26 January 2006). Retrieved on 27 January 2010.
  3. "Škoda Roomster". TopGear.com. Retrieved on 27 January 2010.
  4. Roomster accessories brochure 2011
  5. "Škoda Roomster". Euro NCAP. Retrieved on 27 January 2010.

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