Skoda Roomster vs Vauxhall Meriva
Small, practical and slightly funky cars are all the rage and perfect for equally funky families.
We buy cars on looks and when we do that we end up with a Roomster. Cheaper to buy and run than the Yeti, with a less odd name but bags of space. The Meriva is good to drive and has groovy doors as the rear ones hinge the other way. Lots of space inside of course.
The Skoda Roomster dates from 2005. There is a Scout model which made it look a lot more like an off roader, so its all for show and no 4 x 4 go. 2010 is when the Meriva became really interesting with those hand clap style doors. Also more refined and better to drive too.
Are they reliable?
On the whole both vehicles are pretty reliable and the Skoda seems to have faults spread around the fewest components. Both the Vauxhall and the Skoda suffer from the modern malady which is electrical issues. Both though rate above average according to Warranty Direct.
How much do they cost?
The Roomster can now be bought below £2000 and at the other end of the scale a two year old example is just over £12,000. You might get a 2010 Meriva with high mileage for £3300 rising to £13,500.
Sum Up: Both are great small family cars. The Roomster does not look it, but is the more conventional. Most of all both are interesting.
Average Repair Cost: £333.75
Warranty Direct Rating: Above Average to Good
* failure rate
Average Repair Cost: £287.23
Steering System: 16.76%*
Warranty Direct Rating: Above Average