Skoda Fabia Review
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Skoda Fabia Review by Expert
We first saw a stunning model from Czech Republic based auto maker, Skoda Fabia in the year 2008. The car was full of unseen features, some real unique in hatchback segment. The looks of this stunning hatchback was inspired from the European style, making it real classy model on roads. The car was full o space and luxury hints at some prominent places specially interiors. The car model was not able to make that great progress due to its overpricing in price sensitivity market like India.
Its almost 3 complete years now, and the Czech manufacturer has come back in action with some good magic tricks played on this capable model. The new avatar of Skoda Fabia comes not only with affordable price tag but also a more powerful engine. At present new Skoda Fabia is made available in three engine options for the Indian auto market. These are, 1.2-litre, 75 bhp and 1.6-litre petrol engine and the diesel option is 1.2 TDI CR. The three variants provide by the company are named as Classic, Ambiente and Elegance. As per the new pricing policies followed by the company, Skoda Fabia comes for Rs 4.19 lakh for the base variant whereas the top end variant is availed at Rs. 6.30 lakhs (on-road, Delhi).
The hatchback is beautifully modified without compromising some necessary features like fog lamps, driver’s side airbag and rear AC vents. The major reduction in the price of new Skoda Fabia was made possible through the localization of the car. Among the features eliminated at this price comes the side airbag, powered mirrors, steering-mounted controls, a rear defogger and rear wash wipe even.
If the new Skoda Fabia is placed next to its earlier model, no prominent difference can be marked in its exterior. It will be rather difficult to trace the new version on road as it is almost similar to its ancestors already running on road. Among some changes comes the front bumper which is made little bigger which has improved its front view.
The Laura – like front grille and elongated halogen headlamps will also give you the hint of refreshed look. Coming to the rear of the car, taillights are redesigned and that completes the exterior alterations. In true words, the classy looks of Skoda Fabia dint really need any makeup.
Stepping in the car will get you a beige-black ambience, pretty much common to many car models these days but still it gives the car an upmarket look. The seats are bathed in multi-textured fabric which flows with the interior colors. One prominent eye catchy feature in the car is a multifunction display which is used to keep an eye on the distance travelled, average speed, immediate fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, distance to empty, service interval, outside temperature, etc.
Talking about the personal space provided in Skoda Fabia to all the occupants is also admirable. The smart use of space is one thing Skoda leaves no stone unturned in. Both the Head and legroom is generous and it maintains a comfortable space for 5 adult occupants. The last passenger is also gifted with same comfort and personal space as rest 4.
The biggest piece of cake is offered through its engine option as the all new Skoda Fabia offers a range of it to choose from. The 3-cylinder, 1.2-litre petrol engine which is taken from famous Volkswagen Polo gives a top power of 75 bhp as against the 68 bhp and a torque of 110Nm. Coming to the 1.6 litre engine it gives a peak power of 105 bhp and top torque of 153Nm at 3800 rpm. The Skoda Fabia diesel smokes out a maximum power of 75 bhp and beating torque of 180Nm at 2000 rpm.
Skoda Fabia Rivals
|Skoda Fabia Rivals|
|Model||Engine||Mileage (City/Highway)||Acceleration (0-100 kph)||Unique features||Price (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)|
|Skoda Fabia Petrol||1198cc||12 kmpl/ 16 kmpl||14.5 seconds||Premium badge, sleek styling, interior comfort||Rs 4.46 Lakh|
|Skoda Fabia Diesel||1199cc||14.5 kmpl/ 20.8 kmpl||16.2 seconds||Rs 5.57 Lakh|
|Hyundai i20 Petrol||1197cc||14 kmpl/ 18.5 kmpl||15.2 seconds||Powerful Engine, Performance, impressive looks||Rs 4.73 Lakh|
|Hyundai i20 Diesel||1396cc||18 kmpl/ 21.9 kmpl||15.2 seconds||Rs 5.96 Lakh|
|Volkswagen Polo Petrol||1198cc||12.5 kmpl/ 17.2 kmpl||14.2 seconds||Cabin space, contemporary appearance, German engineering||Rs 4.67 Lakh|
|Volkswagen Polo Diesel||1199cc||16 kmpl/ 22.7 kmpl||14.3 seconds||Rs 5.79 Lakh|
Skoda Fabia Mileage and Fuel Efficiency
|Variants||Mileage (in city)||Mileage (on highway)|
|Skoda Fabia Petrol Classic||12 kmpl||16 kmpl|
|Skoda Fabia Petrol Ambiente||12 kmpl||16 kmpl|
|Skoda Fabia Petrol Elegance||12 kmpl||16 kmpl|
|Skoda Fabia 1.6 Petrol Elegance||10.5 kmpl||14.5 kmpl|
|Skoda Fabia Diesel Classic||14.5 kmpl||18.8 kmpl|
|Skoda Fabia Diesel Ambiente||14.5 kmpl||18.8 kmpl|
|Skoda Fabia Diesel Elegance||14.5 kmpl||18.8 kmpl|
Skoda Fabia gives a decent average of 12 kmpl in its Petrol Classic, Ambiente & elegance variants whereas its Petrol Elegance model gives a good average of 10.5 kmpl in cities and on highways this average increases by 4 kmpl which results that Petrol Classic, Ambiente & elegance variants gives 16 kmpl & its Petrol Elegance model gives 14.5 kmpl. When it comes to diesel models they give an outstanding average. Its Diesel Classic, Ambiente & elegance variant gives 14.5 kmpl mileages in cities & 18.8 kmpl on highways. Due to its good average Skoda Fabia is the most fuel efficient car of its range.
Skoda Fabia Variants and Features
|Skoda Fabia Petrol Classic||As there is a long list of features but in brief this car is loaded with many special features. As this is the first most petrol variant it is loaded with an air conditioner & air quality control, Power steering & adjustable/Tilt steering. Cup holders are present on the rear as well as on the front side of this variant, remote Trunk/boot lid & fuel lid opener. For safety purposes Driver Air bags are also present, CD player with speakers on the front & rear side of the car with central locking make the car worth to purchase. 45 liter fuel tank capacity, adjustable seats supported with rear seat head rest. There is lamp in the rear luggage compartment and rear studying lamp. Height adjustable seat belts. Electronic Multi tripmeter & digital odometer with low fuel warning lights.|
|Skoda Fabia Petrol Ambiente||Same as petrol classis variant but with power windows on the front side, front passenger air bags & vanity mirrors. With body colored bumpers, door handles, tailgate handles & outside rear view mirror makes this car best in this range.|
|Skoda Fabia Petrol Elegance||Same as Petrol Classic & Ambiente variants but with power window on the front & rear side, alloy wheels, ABS (anti lock brake system), tachometer, digital clock & outside temperature display. Front & rear fog lamps make this car luxurious.|
|Skoda Fabia 1.6 Petrol Elegance||Same as Petrol Elegance variant.|
|Skoda Fabia Diesel Classic||It is the first most Skoda Fabia Diesel variant with 1.2L, TDI CR Diesel Engine and rest of the features are same as Petrol Classic.|
|Skoda Fabia Diesel Ambiente||With 1.2L, TDI CR Diesel Engine and rest of the features are same as Petrol Ambiente.|
|Skoda Fabia Diesel Elegance||With 1.2L, TDI CR Diesel Engine and rest of the features are same as Petrol Elegance.|
Skoda Fabia is a gorgeous car wit unique features which this segment doesn’t have and makes the car a dream come true for its users. With luxurious interiors and royal exteriors this car is worth to purchase at this price. As due to more space and comfortable sittings the passengers feel so relaxed and amazed by its drive. With good mileage and fuel efficiency it becomes the first choice of the market. As the versatility of variants it gives a choice to the users to buy the car according to there budget and there comfort level.
Skoda Fabia Colors
|Beep Black Pearl||Flash Red||Candy White||Brilliant Silver||Cappuccino Beige|
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Skoda Fabia Engine, Power and Performance
As Skoda is famous for its outstanding technology used in the engines of its variants likely Fabia is also known for its remarkable powerful engine. With its 1.2 MPI Petrol engine in its petrol Classic, Ambiente & Elegance variants gives them strong pulling power and gives a smooth drive to the user of the car And its 1.6 Petrol Elegance is loaded with 1.6 MPI Petrol Engine which makes this car highest performance petrol car in this class. The diesel variants are loaded with 1.2 TDI CR diesel engines which has Common Rail technology makes this car most fuel efficient in this range. With the maximum power of 55 kW @ 5400 rpm & maximum torque of 110 Nm @ 3750 rpm in its Petrol Classic, Ambiente & Elegance variants & maximum power of 77 kW @ 5250 rpm & maximum torque of 153 Nm @3800 rpm in its 1.6 Petrol variant gives you the real view about the power of its petrol variants. The engine is 1198 (cc) for petrol Classic, Ambiente & Elegance variants whereas 1.6 Elegance variant has 1598 (cc) engine to give more power and acceleration to these variants and compete the market successfully.
Where as its diesel variants are also not behind in the race with maximum power of 55 kW @ 4200 rpm & maximum torque of 180 Nm @ 2000 rpm in its diesel Classic, Ambiente & Elegance variants makes this car different from others. With 5 speeds fully synchronized transmission makes the drive smoother and comfortable for the driver to cover long distance easily. Its diesel variant has 1199 (cc) engine to give the extra mileage to the diesel variants.
Skoda Fabia Pickup and Acceleration
|Skoda Fabia Pickup and Acceleration|
|Engine Variants||Power (PS/ RPM)||Torque (NM/ RPM)||Acceleration (0-100kph)||Top Speed (Km/ h)||Transmission|
|Skoda Fabia 1.2L Petrol||75/ 5400||110/ 3750||14.5 seconds||162||5-Speed Manual|
|Skoda Fabia 1.6L Petrol||105/ 5250||153/ 3800||12.3 seconds||184||5-Speed Manual|
|Skoda Fabia 1.2L Diesel||75/ 4200||180/ 2000||16.2 seconds||146||5-Speed Manual|
The most premium looking hatch, Skoda Fabia has got as many as three options to choose from, and all of them ensure a remarkable performance in every term. The Skoda Fabia petrol comes in two engine displacements, namely 1.2L and 1.6L. The 1198cc engine, which reads power and torque numbers of 75PS and 110Nm, is able to grab a top speed of 162 kmph with its refined engine. Moreover, when it comes to attaining the decisive mark of 100 kph from nothing Skoda Fabia merely takes 14.5 seconds. Second in line is the heavier displacement of petrol version with 1598cc powertrain, here it churns out maximum power of 105PS alongside 153Nm of peak torque and these numbers assist it to realize a top speed of 184 kmph. Furthermore, it just takes 12.3 seconds for Skoda Fabia to reach 100 kph from standstill. The last companion is the 1.2L Skoda Fabia diesel that gets you a top speed of 146 kmph with its 75PS and 180Nm generating motor. Likewise, to touch the golden milestone of 0-100 kph it takes 16.2 seconds.
Skoda Fabia Interiors and Features
Skoda basically stresses more on its interiors in all of it cars but Skoda has made this car a dream come true for its users. As Skoda Fabia is one of the most spacious car in this segment which provides height & length adjustable steering wheel & driver seat which makes the driver so relaxed and drive according to his or her driving position. Fabia has Beat Audio player with Aux facility which entertains the user & passenger and provide audio playback from a portable media player supported by fours speakers in its Ambiente & Elegance variants with security code system to prevent the use audio system by the unknown people. Air condition is the basic need of a car but Skoda Fabia has excellent air condition with rear air conditioned vents which keeps the cooling temperature equal both in the front as well at the rear side of the cabin & which is supported by dust & pollen filters which prevents smallest dust particles to enter the interior of the car and make the environment hygienic. With a unique feature of one touch automatic power window which provide comfort of operation so that user can open or close the windows even from outside the car. Fabia is loaded with Multi functional display which has various features which include showing traveling time, distance traveled, average speed, immediate fuel consumption, traveled distance before refueling, service intervals, outside temperature and time by touching a button. It has a cigarette lighter which is helpful for the people who smoke and gives a charm to the car.
For studying purposes while traveling center reading lamps are present both at front & rear side for the co - passengers. Front glove box & luggage compartment illuminates when it is in use. Chrome décor for gear knob, frame of gear lever, air conditioned duct slider, locking button of hand brake in its Ambiente & Elegance variants. Ivory interiors with dual tone Onyx / ivory soft dashboard, ivory center console and door panels. 12V power socket in the central console which is very helpful if small amount of electricity is needed. Bottle holder in the front doors gives the comfort and relaxation to the front passenger with front & rear cup holders. Removable rear parcel shelf with twin level adjustment increases the rear vertical space for the long luggage. There are storage compartments under the steering wheel, in front and rear central console & in the front door with retainer band makes this car a storage house.
Skoda Fabia Exteriors and Features
With alloys in its Petrol Elegance variants and three dimensional contouring wheel caps in rest of its variants gives this car a royalty. Refreshing highly bold look given to this car by its chrome surrounded radiator grille makes it worth to purchase. As the door handles, external mirrors & bumpers are body colored, this car has gained great deal of popularity. External mirrors can be adjusted being inside the car. With halogen headlamps this car is very safe in the dark or if there is bad light and makes it very easy for the driver to drive in the worse conditions of light. Rear fog lights helps to drive even in foggy days and indicates about the rear side to avoid accidents. Rear window washer & wiper help to clear the rear mirror so that driver can be aware about the vehicle behind. With tubeless tires the car can cover longer distance with less fear of tires getting punctured.
Safety Features in Skoda Fabia
Safety & Security is the main priority of Skoda Fabia with its ABS (Anti Brake Technology) which avoids slippery conditions on roads, controls the braking system too and ensures minimum stopping distance. Fabia is loaded with air bags on the driver’s seat which reduces the risk of accidents and hurts at the time of accidents to the driver. Central locking reduces the risk of car stealing and make sure that car is properly locked which is supported by child safety locks which is very beneficial to prevent child opening the doors due to unawareness and make sure that driver concentrate on its driving. Seat belt warning is there which make the front passenger & driver aware is seat belts are not put on. Door Ajar warning is also there which helps the user to know that if any door is not open. Dual rate brake assist is there which maximize the control on the road. Front & rear fog lamps provide more visibility and help the driver to drive even in foggy conditions. Rough road package is also present which provides smoothness in the drive even if the road is rough.
Engine immobiliser with floating code system reduces the risk of theft. Fuel supply cut off at the time of crash to avoid catching of fire in this car. There is a security code for the audio system in its Elegance variants. These all features make Skoda Fabia a safe & secure car to drive.
Skoda Fabia Driving and Handling
With its smooth, safe handling & driving, user of this car feels as he is in air. As electric power steering makes the car so easy to drive for everyone and the adjustable steering gives the drive real touch & comfort. The McPherson suspension in the front with lower triangular links & torsion stabilizer and rear compound link crank Axel makes the stability of this car superb. Disc brakes in the front and drum brakes at the rear side gives the proper control and handling to its users and makes feel the driver easy to drive even in cities where there is more traffic and brakes are used frequently.
Skoda Fabia Accessories
As far as entertainment & audio player is concerned Skoda Fabia take full care is its users. It is loaded with high quality speakers in its variants. Whereas its elegance variant is loaded with security code system and AUX in socket which provides audio playback from a portable media player. Audio player includes a CD player, Mp3 player, AM / FM radio system, front & rear speakers.
Skoda Fabia Conclusion
Skoda Fabia is a well designed car with large amount of space and glimpse which satisfies its users in all the direction. In all sorts of field you will find that Skoda Fabia beats its entire competitor with a large gap. Thus the car is awesome and is cool for this era people.
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