Light Car mega-test: Skoda Fabia

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Light Car mega-test: Skoda

The Fabia offers more for the money, with a tall, cabin and a decent-sized cargo

Skoda has had a stalled start in The Volkswagen-owned Czech brand was here with much in October 2007 – but the Global Crisis in late 2008 the introduction of more models. now in the middle of a relaunch phase to the Fabia small car and the Yeti

Of interest to us is the Fabia hatchback already three years old by the it arrived in Australian showrooms in this year. Based on the Polo it comes crammed equipment, including six airbags, control, remote entry, telephony and steering wheel-mounted for the phone and audio systems. the Volkswagen Polo, for now, Bluetooth as standard.

Two models head the Fabia range initially, starting $18,990 plus on-road for the regular TSI version or $21,990 for the Monte Carlo edition we tested.

Currrently, the two Fabia have identical engine and combinations: a 1.2-litre turbocharged (the same engine in the Polo) paired to a five-speed gearbox. An automatic is not available at any – until early to mid-2012.

The regular $18,990 TSI version we presume will cost $20,990 once automatic is added.

As with other before it, the Fabia offers metal for the money, with a roomy cabin and a decent-sized area. Indeed, our testers it best when they that Skoda makes the cars in the business for back-seat

We also noticed an immediate up in quality and refinement switching the Asian cars to this model. The dash materials are to the touch, the engine is quieter and the car more supple over It feels like a car from the class up.

It has other nice borrowed from the Volkswagen too, such as auto-up on all four doors (the except the Suzuki Swift an auto up/down window for the only).

It has a meaty, GTI-style steering wheel that’s a joy to A nice surprise: it has the best system of all the cars gathered Audiophiles and music lovers note.

There’s also a parking holder at the base of the windscreen, a centre console, and a clever glovebox.

On the road it was joyful. The loves corners, although you do it lean a little more the other cars, possibly of its tall body and soft

Overall, we were impressed. And our Fabia was struck by the mysterious ghost. The lock and unlock in the car wouldn’t lock or unlock the

Nor would the buttons on the key fob!

in the week, some other flashed mysterious lights in the panel. They eventually and normal operation resumed.

We we could say Skoda problems unheard of. But sadly, they’re Skoda offers a three kilometre warranty – and a factory-backed warranty that takes up to five years for an extra

It would be worth calculating into the cost of the car.

The serious cost consideration: value. Residuals are weak on brands, and although Skoda improve in time, it’s you’ll take a bigger hit on on this car than any other car

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