Space age Skoda

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A Week at the Wheel | Cambs, | Skoda Fabia 2 1.4 TDI PD 80 |

Skoda’s is as good as complete. The jokes stopped and the cars are becoming as quality offerings; not just for money, but genuinely capable There are a few who still dismiss the but they do so at their peril and are out on something good while their blinkered lives in snobbery.

Skoda’s previous scooped an array of awards its life, and deservedly so. It remained one of our superminis throughout and rattled the of many a rival, as well as many into submission. a sign of the times that car is eagerly anticipated or worried depending on whether you’re a or a competitor.

The external appearance is a subtle, but evolution of old. The front end seen first on the Roomster. is over almost exactly and the work is instantly recognisable. the Fabia benefits as the first of the new VW Group small car platform set to see in the next Polo and SEAT Interestingly, the Fabia has only in length and more noticeably,

Skoda has resisted the urge to the car much bigger and in many the new car is actually lighter than the old A refreshing change that recent trends of cars and putting on weight.

The profile of the car has worked on with good the shoulders at the rear adding a more presence. The black pillars, also seen on give the illusion of an aircraft-like screen and an unbroken glasshouse. a subtle effect but one that marks the car out, as does the lighting pattern in the rear

The A-pillars don’t obscure the as some rivals do either.

In all the interior is hugely spacious. is class leading, allowing for to be seated in comfort in the front and and the increase in height pays dividends in terms of headroom and the sense of space enjoyed by The seats are comfortable, if lacking in a lateral support, and there are a of stowage spaces required for small family motoring.

The plastic ring in the boot is for holding a shopping bag size – a simple but effective to the luggage carrying ability. In no rival offers better than the new Fabia.

The dash layout is fresh, and logical with all the controls positioned and easy to operate. It flair or any true aesthetic but the different layers of colour and finishes break up the mundane of plastic seen in many and the quality, fit and finish is first The Skoda Fabia feels a solid little car that is to last and designed to be good to with.

On the road these first impressions are enhanced. The wheel is adjustable for both and reach, which is rare in class, and coupled with the of adjustment on the driver’s seat, an ideal driving position. underway the Fabia offers a and driving experience more to cars several classes up.

The ride in particular is impressively and appreciably more comfortable that of the majority of the class.

is conversely very good and than capable of putting a on the driver’s face, although the ride is unsurprisingly at the expense of body roll – not buyers of the basic models be concerned by this aspect The brakes have plenty of too and the steering is direct and accurate.

All of the controls are light and easy and the is a doddle to drive as well as pleasant and quite fun. the bonnet of the test car, the diesel we first tested in the does a decent job of pushing the car along but, as in the Polo, it is not the word in terms of NVH with vibration through the pedals and as well as some being into the body of the car at times.

It is characterful though and, lacking in outright grunt, adequate performance and good We found it needed to be worked to keep up with fast traffic, needing to be revved to its best and requiring a generous of throttle to ensure a smooth at junctions and roundabouts. This was in an average of 45mpg – we get anywhere near the 68.9mpg Urban figure claimed by even driving more

This 80bhp model is worth the extra £300 the 70bhp option, as this car is economical, quicker and offers emissions. It also enjoys a torque advantage over the spec car and given we felt it was adequate for everyday driving, we think that the lower car is worth the saving.

Overall the new Fabia picks up exactly the old car left off. It’s no as we expected it to be a good car; not disappointed. Class leading practicality, ride and value make big inroads in this

It goes straight to the head of the field for us. 2007 Skoda range overview

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