It’s always tricky for a car manufacturer when they decide to renew or update one of their most popular models. Consequently, when ŠKODA announced that a new version of the Fabia was to be launched, customers may have been a tad nervous.
Well, here’s the good news. ŠKODA has played it safe and the latest Fabia is more of an evolution than revolution. In other words, it’s better than ever and will no doubt continue to rack-up awards.
The new Fabia hatchback and estate are currently only available with a 1.0 litre petrol, 3-cylinder engine in various states of tune. The entry level Fabia S hatchback, costing £12,255, comes with a 59bhp MPi engine. You can only have this engine in the S trim level.
Most of the other trims, SE, SE-L, Colour Edition and top of the range Monte Carlo are available with the 1.0 litre engine developing either 74, 94 or 108bhp. The 108bhp engine is also available with an automatic gearbox.
For the best of all worlds in terms of power, flexibility and economy, we’d recommend you go for the 94bhp turbocharged TSi engine. Granted, in S trim this bumps up the price to £13,865, but you end up with a car this is much better to drive. It is responsive…0-60 in around 10 seconds compared to 16.6 seconds in the lesser powered engine…and you actually achieve slightly better fuel economy of 61mpg as opposed to 57mpg. It’s well worth the extra cash and will probably hold onto its value better anyway.
The real difference though, is in the driving because the TSi engine is much more flexible and makes the Fabia a joy to drive. You can opt for a 108bhp TSi engine which would suit owners who regularly travel fully loaded with passengers or baggage, but the 94bhp engine will be perfect for most owners. If you go for the Fabia estate, which is around £1000 more than the hatch, we’d suggest either of the TSi engines.
The ŠKODA Fabia has always represented terrific value for money and this latest model picks up where the previous version left off. The S level of trim brings you electric front windows and heated door mirrors; remote central locking and DAB radio, but we’d move up to something like SE trim which adds air conditioning, height adjustment to both front seats, rear parking sensors, Smartlink which links the car to your mobile phone, multi-function steering wheel and smart alloy wheels. There’s even an umbrella under the front passenger seat.
You also have one of the roomiest interiors in this class of car. Don’t be fooled by the compact exterior dimensions, the ŠKODA Fabia will seat five adults and cope with a fair heap of luggage. There’s a touch of quality about the interior too. It should easily cope with the sort of wear and tear a family is likely to throw at it.
The ŠKODA Fabia is one of the best cars in its class. No wonder it has become such a popular sight on our roads. Thinking about taking one for a spin? The best idea is to call into Pulman SKODA in Durham and speak to one of their friendly client advisors. They’ll give you all the information you need to pick the right SKODA for you. While you are having a look around their showroom why not stop for a cup of coffee and a scone? Or perhaps a spot of yoga in their purpose built yoga studio – you won’t regret it!