The Skoda Praktik van is based on the Roomster passenger car. The vehicle comes with a pretty generous load volume which is separated from the driver’s cabin with a sliding panel. The relatively compact exterior dimensions make the Skoda Praktik best suited for delivery services, traders, florists and other small business owners.
The vehicle is offered with two petrol engines (1.2 12V HTP and 1.4 16V) and one diesel engine (1.4 TDI PD). Skoda says that the standard payload capacity of 560 kg can be increased up to 640 kg. The Skoda Praktik is priced from $26,990.
The Skoda Praktik features a pretty attractive design, being one of the best looking vans of its type available on today’s market.
The entire front end looks like it was borrowed from the smaller Fabia with big headlights and a wide radiator grille. The bumper is seamlessly integrated into the lines of the front fascia and comes with an elongated air intake and a set of modern looking fog lamps.
To give the bonnet a touch of sportiness, Skoda added a few dynamic creases which point towards the company’s badge and the grille.
The rear windows were paneled off, to give the vehicle the typical van look and along the sides there is a protective rubber strip.
The A pillars were blacked out and look fairly good enhancing the modern design of the Praktik.
You can access the load bay by means of a wide opening tailgate. The load area offers a volume of 1,783 litres, being 1,555 mm long, 1,016 - 1,429 mm wide and 987 mm tall.
Skoda had always treated its passengers with a solid build interior and the Praktik makes no exception. Every material feels better than expected for a vehicle of this type and the every fitting was treated with maximum attention.
The dashboard has a simple yet elegant layout and we like the minimalist style used for the center console as it makes it easy to understand and practical. Space is at par with what you’d usually find in this segment, meaning is well proportioned and roomy.
The ergonomically designed gear knob falls easy into hand and next to it you’ll find two convenient cup holders. Other storage spaces can be found in the doors and in the center console. In the front door pockets, there’s also a small elastic band running its length, to hold maps and other items. Both glove boxes are spacious and easy to use.
The four spoke steering wheel is the same used in the Fabia and Octavia models and it offers a good grab.
The seats are firm and supportive being fairly comfortable even for a long run. There are also offered plenty adjustments to make your life on board easier.
The instrument panel is one of the cleanest units you’ll ever find in this segment and it’s fitted with two huge gauges and a big central information display which keeps you posted on various vehicle stats.
As it was expected, the all around visibility is nothing short of excellent, thanks to the generous windscreen, the big lateral windows and the plate sized door mirrors.
The vehicle is fitted with a capable climate control system to keep you cool. The system does a great job and you can rely on it with confidence even during the hottest summer days.
Engines and performance
The Skoda Praktik comes with a choice of two petrol and one diesel engines. The petrol engines are a 1.2 liter 12V and a 1.4 liter 16V, while the diesel has a 1.4 liter displacement.
The petrol engines are pretty capable and develop 70 hp and 86 hp, offering a decent punch and keeping you out of trouble around the city. However, we won’t advise you to venture on the highway as the engines aren’t exactly the definition of “fast”.
As it was expected the diesel engine occupies the top position on the sales charts, as its better suited for commercial purposes. The diesel develops a maximum output of 70 hp @ 4000 rpm with a peak torque of 155 Nm that kicks in at 1600 rpm and it’s available up to 2800 rpm.
Skoda Praktik Engines Specifications
|Engine||hp @ rpm||Nm @ rpm||Fuel|
|1.2 liter||70 @ 5400||112 @ 3000||Petrol|
|1.4 liter||86 @ 5000||132 @ 3800||Petrol|
|1.4 liter||70 @ 4000||155 @ 1600 -2800||Diesel|
Ride and handling
The Skoda Praktik has pretty civilized road manners, soaking up most of the road bumps and rewarding you with a great handling. It doesn’t float like other vans in its segment and stays pretty well planted on its wheels, dealing great with corners too, despite its tall stance.
The brakes however, are a bit strange. The initial feel is very weak, but it will get stronger the slower you go. Apart from this fact, they work fairly well and offer adequate stopping power.
The Skoda Praktik has anything it needs to be considered an attractive van. Its exterior style is modern (though, a bit too conventional), the cabin is well made and inspires solidity, while the driving position and overall ergonomy are nothing short of excellent.
You won’t have any complains about the engines either, as they deal great with the utilitarian nature of the vehicle and also reward you with good fuel efficiency. We also like the handling which is among the best you’ll find in this segment. Not to mention about the small costs of ownership and the attractive price tag.