2012 Skoda Fabia RS Wagon review (video) – PerformanceDrive

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2012 Skoda Fabia RS review (video)

Looking a bit like it was sneezed into the 2012 Skoda Fabia RS is probably not going to win any awards a design perspective.

However and it#8217;s a full-bodied, bold, and cheque-signing however #8211; in what you#8217;re getting is a version of the cracking Volkswagen GTI. This means it with all the competence and performance of the best mini hot hatch on the



GTI performance in a wagon format; and exclusive in this segment

engine with plenty of

DSG transmission excellent during fast tempo driving; shifters work a treat

hip-hugging sports seats

Suspension could do with fine-tuning; minor body

Design isn#8217;t going to to everyone

DSG transmission can be cumbersome town


Let us explain we mean by that opening Skoda is owned by Volkswagen and the Fabia RS is built on the same #8211; chassis and suspension #8211; as the one used on the Volkswagen GTI.

It#8217;s also by the same 132kW/250Nm 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and supercharged), and it comes with a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch sports transmission. Power is sent to the wheels via an Extended Electronic Lock (XDL) front-wheel system.

These facts are enough to confirm its credibility as a engineered sports wagon.

The main differences between the and the Volkswagen are the panels and body auxiliary suspension components, and brakes, the interior and some and, the price tags.

for the Fabia RS start at $27,990 for the hatch, and $29,990 for the RS Wagon. In to the Polo GTI #8211; $28,990 five-door hatch) #8211; saving $1000 with the

The Volkswagen is lighter in weight, with the five-door DSG tipping the at 1189kg compared with the Fabia RS#8217;s 1253kg. RS Wagon weighs 1248kg.) means the Skoda is slightly to accelerate, with a factory time of 7.3 seconds compared 6.9 of the VW.

The key difference for consumers to note is the that the Polo isn#8217;t in a practical wagon layout. We this is a shame for VW but also a edge for Skoda as performance are some of the coolest cars on the



being based on a small you might think it#8217;s to be squashy inside, especially for or five people. During our we took the car down the coast and it up with four people and of luggage.

The highly bolstered seats front and back are cushioned and very supportive, so no complaints there. The legroom in the is also more than for this vehicle segment. The issue that may arise for is rear middle seat and rear shoulder space.

For four people, accommodation is liveable.

In the very back 480 litres of cargo space on so there#8217;s plenty of room for a getaway. It can be extended to 1460 too if you fold down the rear

As you can see below, it#8217;s enough for loads of weekend material, in our case, a huge 105-litre charter ice box.

In terms of and features, the Fabia RS is the top-of-the-range so it comes with all the necessary It gets halogen headlights adaptive curve beams, control air-conditioning, a decent stereo system, cruise and a full trip computer fuel economy and service details.

For the sports car enthusiasts the RS comes with a neat 17-inch alloy wheels in 205mm sport tyres, chrome-tipped exhaust pipes, and suspension. It also gets shifters behind the steering and a tyre pressure monitor.


There#8217;s no nice or way to say it, it looks a little bit like a caricature, or even a drawing has warped or melted. The Fabia for more of a cute and quirky rather than a graceful and approach like the Polo.

are always going to be a subjective though, maybe we are wrong Maybe it#8217;s an acquired

Once you accept the design you do to appreciate the attention to detail and the highlights Skoda has implemented. At the for instance, there#8217;s an aggressive which comes alive racy fins.

There#8217;s also a sharp lip spoiler, some mesh in the lower grilles, and a distinctively centre grille with diagonal vertical slats.

you have to admire Skoda#8217;s for keeping a firm grip on its the Fabia falls precisely the company#8217;s latest design For family values alone, it respect.

As for safety, the Fabia RS with all the usual technologies as ABS brakes, electronic stability and control, hill start and six airbags. It also comes reverse parking sensors a convenient display on the audio screen.

Australia#8217;s ANCAP is yet to the latest Fabia.


the Polo GTI the Fabia RS is not mucking It#8217;s a serious performance that has been developed Volkswagen#8217;s stringent testing In other words, it#8217;s at the of compact hot hatches.

From to point along a mountain the RS is dashingly quick. It can escape with haste and balance, the 132kW engine loves to and hiss providing you with sensations. The engine also you a decent shove in the back hard acceleration.

We timed in 6.4 seconds, achieved by simply the throttle and letting the DSG do its thing in mode. The time is almost a quicker than what the achieved (7.3 seconds), and it it in front of the Polo GTI#8217;s figures of 6.9 seconds.

Where you can feel some of the cost-cutting is in the suspension. It#8217;s not it#8217;s bad, it#8217;s a very good setup in to what the competition offers, it feel a bit like the centre-of-gravity is a too high though. There is minor body roll and under swift directional

Other than that you can tell the chassis and foundations of the are well-engineered. There#8217;s plenty of around corners and the whole is capable of hanging on long the front tyres start to beg for At the same time the ride and remains at a high standard.

a good compromise.

Nail the off the mark and you will experience gentle torque steer and tug at the It#8217;s not necessarily a flaw If anything it heightens the driving by giving it a bit of character.

It#8217;s the sort of thing in terms of wheel traction. It does to spin the wheels a bit but it#8217;s excessive and any wheelspin you do get simply the experience.

Turning the traction off doesn#8217;t make matters (or better if you enjoy wheelspin) as it step back in. Even if you provoke it the computers will This could be annoying for planning on taking it to a track

Like with many on the market, the question has to be asked, why an on-off button in the first

The DSG transmission is very good. It up instantly and changes down on It#8217;s like a sprinter in the position waiting for the start gun to it#8217;s that ready for commands.

There are some issues that we could In manual mode it will up gears itself before the This can become annoying on with switch-backs.

Just as ready to move onto the and hit the down-change paddle, the DSG has changed up the next gear. You then to double flick the down

If you push the lever over #8216;S#8217; automatic mode it allow the revs to build up just before the redline. In mode it offers a well-balanced driving nature.

In normal mode, like other DSG there is a bit of roll back on and going from reverse to is a bit cumbersome.

The front and rear brakes are good, providing of bite and a firm pedal Even though the calipers are red, under enthusiastic demands they do fade a and the pedal does drop. could be an easy-fix with a swap of pads in exchange for performance items.

As a driver#8217;s car it all down to this; if you#8217;re an driver and one who might hit the track now and then, the Fabia RS could from minor upgrades as thicker stabiliser bars and beefier brake pads. It sound like a criticism but is a good thing as most new out there would require a lot than this for semi-regular use.

If all you want is a practical, comfortable, and compact wagon, the Fabia RS is down the best you can buy at the moment. still confident and capable for a blast up the mountain, and it can provide thrills doing so as a result of its GTI underpinnings. Best yet, it good fuel economy.

We 7.3L/100km during our test.


Should you buy one? Basically, if you a small wagon be it for family, or work, the Fabia RS Wagon is the way to go; there is no other car like it on sale in Australia. But above you simply can#8217;t ignore the that, underneath, it#8217;s a performance super mini.

If simply after a compact hatch and don#8217;t require a you should check out Volkswagen#8217;s GTI offering. It is a bit quicker at the very and it looks much better.

On the hand, if you do go down the Vee-Dub you are likely to be still waiting in in the time it would take for a to be delivered.


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