Skoda Fabia

4/5
Skoda Fabia  new car image
Verdict

In 2014 Skoda introduced the new Fabia and it was a much more interesting package than before. This car is against the likes of the Ford Fiesta and the Mazda2. It’s trailing on the coat tails of both of these cars in terms of fun and doesn’t have far to go to meet the same levels. The Fabia is a small car but Skoda does an excellent job in making it feel bigger and some people may wonder why it isn’t sitting in the same category as the Golf.

Performance

Our test model was the 1.2 TSI engine that offers 90 bhp. The car does not feel slow or sluggish and the TSI engine is well suited for the weight of the vehicle. This engine has a maximum speed of 182 km/h and will bring you from 0-100 km/h in 10.9 seconds. The same engine is also available with 110 bhp and it will give you 0-100 km/h in 9.4 seconds. The other petrol engine is a 1.0 litre MPI that offers a choice of 60 bhp or 75 bhp. On the diesel side they offer a 1.4 litre TDI engine offering 90 bhp or 105 bhp. The 105 bhp TDI engine offers a maximum torque of 250Nm at between 1,750 and 2,500rpm and we are told that it will bring the vehicle from 0-100 km/h in 10.1 seconds.

Ride & Handling

The Fabia doesn’t deal brilliantly with bumps in the road and is firm. On the motorway the Fabia offers a smooth drive. The steering is well weighted & responsive and it takes turns and corners with ease.

Refinement

The TSI petrol engine is very quiet under all conditions. We believe that the diesel options are louder, especially when building to motorway speeds. Like other superminis in its class the Fabia tends to suffer from wind and road noise.

Quality & Reliability

There are four trims available with the Fabia - ACTIVE, AMBITION, STYLE and MONTE CARLO. We drove the STYLE version and it was presented excellently. There are plenty of plastics inside but they are not at all cheap in appearance. Like most other Skodas, the infotainment set-up is clever and easy to use. However, the touch screen is very small. Most vehicles offer USB and Bluetooth connectivity as standard.

Safety & Security

The Fabia scored five stars in the Euro NCAP. It scored 81% for both adult and child occupancy and 69% for pedestrian safety. The car is equipped with six airbags as standard. The vehicle is available with a system called “Front Assist”. This warns the driver of the threat of a collision if it senses one and if a crash in unavoidable it applies the brakes to minimize the consequences. The Fabia also comes with fatigue detection.

Space & Practicality

As previously mentioned, it will surprise some people that the Fabia is not in the same class as bigger cars like the Golf. This is a very roomy supermini and it overshadows what’s on offer in the Mazda2 and the Fiesta. Even the boot space offers 40 litres more than the Fiesta. Leg and head room should not be an issue for the majority of passengers. According to Skoda the diesel engines can achieve a combined fuel economy of as little as 3.4 litres per 100 km. In the 1.2 TSI we achieved 6.8 litres per 100 km without focusing on fuel economy for our test.

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Key Facts

Make

Skoda

Model
Fabia
Variant
Active 1.0 MPI 60 BHP
Trim
Active
Car Category
Supermini
First Launched
2014
Engine (L)
1.0
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
5 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Hatchback
Price New
€13,995
CBG Expert Rating
4.0

Running Costs

Tax
€190
Tax Band
A3
L/100km Combined
4.7
Average km/L
21.3
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
45
Fuel Tank Range
957 km
Cost of filling a tank
€59.13
Average Cost Per 200 km
€12.35
CO2 emmissions
106 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
60 bhp
Max Power kW
45
Displacement - CC (Engine)
999
Engine Cylinders
3
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Normally
Top speed
160 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
15.7 s
L/100km Urban
5.70 L
L/100km Extra Urban
4.10 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Hatchback
Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity
330 L

Warranty

All Components
3 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
3 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year warranty
Paintwork
3 Year warranty
Mileage
150,000
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5

Dimensions

Boot capacity
330 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
185/60 R15 mm
Tyre size back
185/60 R15 mm
Rim size
5J × 14 mm
Length
3992 mm
Width
1732 mm
Height
1467 mm
Wheel Base
2470 mm
Front Track (mm)
1467
Rear Track (mm)
1457
Kerb weight
1055 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1510
Turning circle (m)
10.4

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Multi-point injection
Front Suspension
Independent, Spring McPherson, with stabilizer
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent, spring
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Drum
Steering
Steering rack
Power
60 bhp
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Hatchback
€13,995
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 330 L
  • Engine Size 1.0 L
  • Power 60 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 15.7 s
  • New Price €13,995
Hatchback
€14,955
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 330 L
  • Engine Size 1.0 L
  • Power 75 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 14.7 s
  • New Price €14,955
Hatchback
€15,340
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 330 L
  • Engine Size 1.0 L
  • Power 60 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 15.7 s
  • New Price €15,340
Hatchback
€15,755
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 330 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 90 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.9 s
  • New Price €15,755
Hatchback
€16,065
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 330 L
  • Engine Size 1.0 L
  • Power 75 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 14.7 s
  • New Price €16,065
Hatchback
€16,665
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 330 L
  • Engine Size 1.0 L
  • Power 60 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 15.7 s
  • New Price €16,665
Hatchback
€16,755
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 330 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.4 s
  • New Price €16,755
Hatchback
€16,865
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 330 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 90 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.9 s
  • New Price €16,865
Hatchback
€17,565
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 330 L
  • Engine Size 1.0 L
  • Power 75 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 14.7 s
  • New Price €17,565
Hatchback
€17,865
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 330 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.4 s
  • New Price €17,865
Hatchback
€18,260
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 330 L
  • Engine Size 1.0 L
  • Power 75 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 14.7 s
  • New Price €18,260
Hatchback
€18,355
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed Auto
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 330 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.4 s
  • New Price €18,355
Hatchback
€18,365
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 330 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 90 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.9 s
  • New Price €18,365
Hatchback
€19,165
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €180
  • Boot Capacity 330 L
  • Engine Size 1.4 L
  • Power 90 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.1 s
  • New Price €19,165
Hatchback
€19,210
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 330 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 90 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.9 s
  • New Price €19,210
Hatchback
€19,365
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 330 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.4 s
  • New Price €19,365
Hatchback
€19,465
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed Auto
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 330 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.4 s
  • New Price €19,465
Hatchback
€20,210
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 330 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.4 s
  • New Price €20,210
Hatchback
€20,665
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €180
  • Boot Capacity 330 L
  • Engine Size 1.4 L
  • Power 90 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.1 s
  • New Price €20,665
Hatchback
€20,965
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed Auto
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 330 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.4 s
  • New Price €20,965
Hatchback
€21,165
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed Auto
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €180
  • Boot Capacity 330 L
  • Engine Size 1.4 L
  • Power 90 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.1 s
  • New Price €21,165
Hatchback
€21,510
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €180
  • Boot Capacity 330 L
  • Engine Size 1.4 L
  • Power 90 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.1 s
  • New Price €21,510
Hatchback
€21,810
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed Auto
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 330 L
  • Engine Size 1.2 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.4 s
  • New Price €21,810
Hatchback
€22,665
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed Auto
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €180
  • Boot Capacity 330 L
  • Engine Size 1.4 L
  • Power 90 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.1 s
  • New Price €22,665
Hatchback
€23,510
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed Auto
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €180
  • Boot Capacity 330 L
  • Engine Size 1.4 L
  • Power 90 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.1 s
  • New Price €23,510