Skoda Fabia Combi

3/5
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Verdict

In 2014 Skoda introduced the new Fabia and it was a much more interesting package than before. 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.

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. 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

New Price
€15,495
Make

Skoda

Model
Fabia Combi
Variant
Active 1.0 MPI 75 BHP
Year
2014
Engine (L)
1.0
Transmission
Manual
Engine & Transmission
5 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Estate

Running Costs

Tax
€190
Tax Band
A3
Average L/100km
4.8
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
45
Fuel Tank Range (km)
938
CO2 Emissions (g/km)
109
Emission Standard EU
EU6

Performance

Driven Wheels
Front
Break Horsepower
75
Top Speed
175 (kmh)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
14.9
Cylinders
3
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
45
Aspiration
Normally

Space & Practicality

Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity (L)
530
Tyre Size Front
185/60 R15
Tyre Size Back
185/60 R15

Safety

Isofix
Yes
Euro NCAP Star Rating
5