Review: Skoda Fabia vRS « Express & Star

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Review: Skoda Fabia vRS

a balance between driveability and can be a tricky job for a hot hatch manufacturer.

The performers are not always the easiest to live with and owners have to put up with bone-hard or a lack of comfort features air conditioning.

Skoda took a look at the market before its new Fabia vRS and has pitched it right in the of the market. The vRS is a quick, fine-handling car but and comfortable too.

Skoda it ‘forms the perfect compromise work and play’ and I don’t the Czechs are too far off the mark here.

Of course, a diesel vRS might been even more to many drivers — but there’s no oil in the range, unfortunately. This is a as the previous Fabia diesel vRS out to be a cult machine for those in the and is still highly sought on the used market.

The new vRS has been time coming (the Fabia was launched three ago) but looks to have worth the wait.

It costs to put on the road and the kit count is high, standard goodies including alloy wheels, LED daylight lights, privacy glass and connectivity.

The Skoda is around cheaper than the SEAT Cupra and a full £2,000 than the Polo GTI, of which has similar running to the vRS.

The Fabia possesses discreetly looks for a hot hatch. It hints at, than screams about its ability.

Skoda designers livened up the front end and lowered the by 20mm to reduce the centre of At the back there’s a subtle rear diffuser and a pair of

It’s not exactly an S2000 to at but at least you can get it in the same striking of Rallye Green for a touch of Intercontinental Rally Challenge car This colour, incidentally, looks great with a black or white roof.

The cabin is a touch underwhelming. dark and not especially sporty but the quality is good, the seats are and the controls are logically set out.

The position is a little high but easy to get comfortable.

The car comes a 180hp version of the Volkswagen Group’s 1.4 litre TSI petrol This power plant debuted in the Golf but I always it had the potential to be a little screamer in a car and so it proves in the Fabia.

The engine has a to ensure it’s quick off the Then, at around 3,500rpm, the takes over, ensuring a surge of power.

The Skoda can hit 60mph in a touch seven seconds and continues and smoothly towards licence-threatening Torque steer and turbo lag are by their absence.

The Fabia is an handler too, thanks to its XDS which electronically mimics the of a limited slip diffential, the car more manouevrable and stable cornering at speed.

The speed-sensitive steering may not be the most involving but it is quick, light and accurate. roll is well contained and quality is excellent.

Some buyers may be put off by the fact that the car only with automatic DSG but I found it easy to use.

Shifts through the seven are seamless and you can always take using the paddle shifters under the steering wheel.

Dab the while in 7th and the system changes to 4th with no hint of ‘hunting’ for the gear.

There’s a Sport too but it’s only really for track work or overtaking.

The also has the benefit of selecting the economical gear when you are along or commuting, which is why I was to return 38mpg on a mixed drive: excellent for this of car.

Outstanding though DSG is, I think it’s a mistake not to a manual alternative (and the same could be said for the Polo and Ibiza rivals

Ditto the lack of a diesel. I be the only person who was eagerly a diesel vRS. Having that, it would have had to been a belter to beat the

Cards on the table: the Renaultsport 200 has it, if razor-sharp handling is what after. But the Clio is a … car and struggling to think of a hot hatch is going to prove easier to with than the Fabia

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