Skoda Fabia: Road Test

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Skoda Fabia

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Skoda’s baby is much than a cut-price Polo

Fabia 77 TSI

Road Test

Guide (recommended price statutory delivery charges):

Options fitted to test car included in above price): roof ($390); 15-inch wheels ($990)

Crash Four-star (Euro NCAP)

91/95 RON ULP

Claimed fuel (L/100km): 5.5

CO2 emissions (g/km): 128

baby was the subject of one of car world’s ad campaigns. Simple, delicious, it imparted exactly the right for a light car that is, well, and fun (can’t tell you if it was delicious – I’m on the diet…).

Introduced in Europe in the Fabia shares its platform the last generation of parent Volkswagen’s Polo. It comes in two The base 77 TSI here starts at plus ORCs, putting it a of $K above base Japanese and competitors and the base Polo But if that leaves you dismissing it and straight to the Volkswagen end of the dealership, up.

It’s well differentiated the VW product.

Indoors, it’s and airy, a relatively upright with a bit more curvature most gives it a Saab-ish from the front seats. At the end, it’s austere in a kind of way, but not as austere as a Most of the controls are pure VW, down to that (initially) Bluetooth setup system have, serving up instructions via the binnacle rather than the controls.

Computing functions via a column stalk, on which it this driver some time to locate the Enter FYI, it’s on the bottom of the stalk. You can find it by, um, looking.

Beyond that, your buys you 15-inch steel (with a full-sized spare) and fog outside, while indoors you get control, an eight-cone audio with auxiliary inputs audio streaming a $160 a multifunction leather-bound steering with remote audio plus a leather-wrapped handbrake and What you’d expect by standards, with no obvious in the equipment list. Build pretty much matches – quality materials, well and glued together.

Under bonnet you’ll find the 1.2-litre turbo four find in today’s Polo. good for 77kW with a 175Nm available nice and — and up through a broad from 1500-4100rpm. In a package 1120kg, that translates to a time of 10.1 seconds.

The of the superseded donor vehicle with the manual gearbox the Fabia gets five the current Polo gets But when you’re using fingers to shift gears than count them, the is no catastrophe. The shift is light and with well spaced meaning there’s no sense of by overly large gaps or small ones.

An extra cog up high wouldn’t do any but with the engine spinning in the 2Ks at 110km/h, there’s no desperation it. More, it’s just the engine has the torque to support it.

The is comfortable throughout, with space than most in its to accommodate height and breadth the beam. The rear seat is for two adults or three littlies baby seats might things a bit squeezy for whoever’s in the Leg space is generous by class helped further by reach-adjustable allowing drivers to open up a more.

A 315-litre cargo is also decent for its class, an added nice touch in a playpen thing to secure bags and the like. A 60:40 seat opens up more with the added convenience of the extending to the parcel shelf you only need half. storage is adequate if not ahead of the

While the fold down between the front seats to accommodate a phone, it would be if the airspace beneath it was enclosed by a storage box.

Visibility is all round, more so thanks to mirrors of sufficient size and to eliminate blind spots.

The has typical VW engineering solidity to it. chassis and steering integration it above and beyond the call of as a city runabout.

The engine is muscular for one so small, with poke to prove an enjoyable drive through one of our favourite grounds.

Skoda has done a nice job in the MacPherson strut front end and beam rear suspension for a ride-handling balance, absorbing annoyances without fuss keeping you nice and vertical vigorous shifts in direction. The rack and pinion steering around the top of its class for feel and

It sits at the pointy end of the field for and road noise, too. A Cd — near as good as get for cars of this size keeps the whoosh down, and well enough insulated the chassis and cabin to keep nice down below, on the kind of coarse surfaces can be annoying in light hatches.

power is up to the rest of the package, disc brakes all round up front) giving it an on-paper over most of its Asian even some Euro) which still use rear

That clever ad campaign ‘full of lovely stuff’ as its But the Fabia isn’t so much of lovely stuff as devoid of That’s an important selling for a light urban car — of use, marked the absence of

When the biggest bugbear you can in a car is a hard-to-find trip computing it’s clear the maker has up with a winner. As a city the Fabia fulfils its charter aplomb. A peppy but frugal engine and a well sorted justifies whatever extra it asks over many of its — including the base Polo.

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Published. Monday, 30 2012

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