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Skoda Fabia

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By Jonathan Crouch

Skoda's third-generation Fabia supermini aims at a younger audience and has in recent times been improved with smarter styling and more sophisticated petrol power. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 68

Skoda has upped the ante with this improved version of its third-generation Fabia, introducing sharper, more assertive styling and clever tech that has been bringing down the average age of its customers. With plenty of space inside and improved levels of safety and media connectivity, the Fabia seems to be getting the basics spot on these days and further benefits from an impressive 1.0-litre TSI three cylinder powerplant.

Backgroundword count: 152

The Skoda Fabia surprised most people when the first generation version arrived back in 2001. After all, it succeeded the wholly unlovely Felicia and so a rating of 'only slightly rubbish' would have been a soaring success. In fact it was a little gem, well built, economical and keenly priced. It helped kick-start the success of modern Skoda as we know it today. The second generation version launched in 2007 and brought additional sophistication, which meant that the bar was set a lot higher for this MK3 model which was announced late in 2014. It still exceeded expectations though, bigger and more sophisticated than before. One of its few weaker points was the 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine that accounted for the majority of sales, but Skoda has now sorted that issue by dispensing with that powerplant. In its place is an altogether more modern three cylinder 1.0-litre TSI unit, solely available 95PS.

Driving Experienceword count: 196

Because this is merely an update of an existing design, this revised MK3 Fabia doesn't get the Volkswagen Group's latest MQB A0 platform, as used by its cousins, latest versions of the Volkswagen Polo and the SEAT Ibiza. Its older MQB chassis is still quite sophisticated though and to it can be bolted the 95PS version of the 1.0 TSI turbo petrol engine you'd find in the two rival models just mentioned. This is the only powerplant you can now have in a Fabia and it can only be mated mated to manual transmission. 62mph from rest takes 10.7s en route to 115mph. On the move, Skoda has worked hard to endow the Fabia with a supple ride, decent body control and low-effort steering. Once you've made the right engine choice, you'll get yourself undemanding transport that on occasion can offer up a few driving rewards. Despite the addition of an XDS+ electronic differential system that aids corner turn-in, these benefits won't really manifest themselves if you're the kind of person who likes to drive on your doorhandles. But then if that's your preference, you probably wouldn't be looking at a Fabia in the first place.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-60 mph (s):

9.1

15.2

Combined mpg:

58.9

78.6

Extra urban mpg:

67.3

83.1

Height (mm):

1467

Length (mm):

3992

4028

Max Speed (mph):

99

122

... and 6 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Small Runabouts

Performance
60%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
90%
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