Skoda Fabia vRS – PistonHeads

14 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Skoda Fabia vRS – PistonHeads



John looks at Skoda’s hot-hatch torque is cheap!

Why do manufacturers millions on motorsport, only to let road going vehicles off the production line looking the wheeled equivalent of Iain Hyundai is one example, with its Accent. It’s a similar at Citroen, although at least tried with the Xsara

You could include Skoda in group. I mean, where’s the tarmac-shredding, four-wheel-drive, turbocharged car? Instead we’re a standard looking Fabia five doors and a diesel

This is all very nice, but the Garrett TR30R-fed 2-litre and active diff that the Rally Car promises?

Truth be Skoda’s hot-hatch effort, the vRS offers far more fun than expect. The 130bhp, 1.9 TDi might power the Fabia to 60 in 9.6 seconds, but the tacho between 1500 and and you’ll be feeling the full of its massive 310nm of torque 228ft-lb in old money!).

The engine, which has been to everything from the Golf to the A6, is to be fair – a revelation. pull hard in any gear, and you’re in the power band, more than capable of a smile on your face. most diesels, flooring it round to the redline is pretty as the power is all low down, so swapping through VAG’s proven is a must.

Whilst its not usually too on PHer’s list of priorities, the car is economical. Give it some and it’ll still cover 40mpg, but on a motorway run, be looking at the right side of 60 to the That’s impressive whichever way you at it.

The trade-off is that in terms of it’s not up there with the of Mercedes or BMW – but this is a 12-grand not a Ј20,000 luxobarge. It’s clattery on tick-over and if you, me, leave your foot resting on the clutch pedal and hand on the gearstick, you’ll be of pins and needles before too

In terms of handling, it’s near the standard set by the small upstarts, the 106 and Saxo as there is too wallow in the steering. That the steering offers adequate – certainly more than the on which the Fabia is based.

It going to score many points for looks, but we should be that they’ve not made the vRS in the saloon or estate guise. chief designer, Thomas was responsible for the vRS’s design if you ask me, he’s done a pretty – if limited job of raising its design the pit of mediocrity that afflicts its siblings.

The front has been equipped a pleasant front bumper, the now-obligatory mesh vent two fog lamps. Around the back, find a deeper bumper a chromed tailpipe poking off-centre, a boot spoiler and discreet badging. And that’s it.

Which is all slightly odd considering the design efforts of the World Car, which is really handsome.

Still, all this up to looking like something to the casual observer that, if right, has the potential to leave Kev and his choking on its diesel fumes.

The interior has the same feel as to come from the VAG stable. The has a quality feel and is well out, whilst the dials are and easy to read. The only of this model’s sporting are a set of particularly supportive seats move every which so finding the perfect seating is a doddle, a bespoke gearknob and a of vRS logos on the dials complete the

Skoda hasn’t been shy it comes to specking the vRS. MSR and ASR all help to get that prodigious down onto the tarmac, ESP can be added as a cost option. On the and safety front, air-con, front windows, single-slot CD alarm, remote central and driver and passenger airbags all as standard.

The Fabia vRS is in someways a Jack of all and master of none, but somehow it all together to become a quite prospect. Pitch it against any of rivals and you’ll find the levels higher and in many better performance.

All indications are residuals should be pretty reliability is likely to be top-notch, it at the diesel and you’ll even the added benefit that it can turn heads. No really!

the main thing the Fabia has it is the badge, which is a real because both the Fabia and vRS’s have a lot to offer the petrolhead. Perhaps Skoda to rebrand their marque and certainly need to bin their a Skoda. Honest’ advertising

When it was launched a few months there was no fanfare and it just into the showrooms, largely But now people have started to note. The Guild of Scottish ranked it number 1 diesel car on the and was a contender in CAR magazine’s Performance Car of the challenge.

Until my week with the Fabia, I’d hardly them on the roads, and lets be they’re hardly the sexiest on four wheels. But in the days they seem to be everywhere. In Which? have found the Fab to be the most personally recommended car in the UK.

is exactly what I’m doing to Try it – you’ll be surprised.

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