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Skoda Fabia vRS (2010 - 2014)

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By Andy Enright

Introductionword count: 144

The Skoda Fabia vRS is one of those rare sports models that's actually more famous as a diesel. After all, that's what the first batch of first generation vRS cars had under their bonnets, and they were absolutely beloved by the tuner crowd who adored the fact that a tiny diesel Soda hatch could be souped up to embarrass Porsches. Albeit in a huge cloud of black soot. The car we take a look at here isn't a diesel at all. It's the vRS model that Skoda launched as part of the second generation Fabia line-up and was a car that didn't appear until the brand got around to facelifting MK2 Fabia in 2010. This time round the vRS was quick right out the crate, with a 1.4-litre TSI twin-supercharged petrol engine doing the business. Here's what to look out for when shopping used.

Modelsword count: 9

5dr hatch, 5dr estate (1.4 petrol, [vRS, vRS S2000])

Historyword count: 172

The 2010 model year updates to the Fabia were unveiled at that year's Geneva Show and comprised new engines, a fresh face and a whole raft of technical refinements. We had to wait until July to get our hands on the vRS sports models arriving in July, but it was worth the wait. A supermini with 180PS at its elbow is always something seriously good fun. Skoda also offered the model with its estate bodystyle. The brand does tend to love a special edition or two and in November 2010, the first of this shape arrived in the form of the rather lovely vRS S2000 to commemorate Skoda's success in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. The front of the car got a minor tweak at the start of 2013, with the Fabia now wearing the revised badge and sporting Skoda lettering on its bootlid. In June 2014, the replacement Fabia was announced, which was duly unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October signalling the end of this MK2 vRS model's production life.

What You Getword count: 275

The Fabia has quite a distinctive shape for a modern supermini with its long bonnet and large glass area. The vRS version inherits these basics and adds a collection of design features that suggest it might be a little quicker than the norm. Redesigned bumpers extend further downwards, giving the car a lower, more athletic stance. At the back, a diffuser is built into the bumper along with twin exhausts and a subtle spoiler is added above the rear screen. Buyers also get 17" alloy wheels with red brake callipers peeping through the spokes. The vRS exterior couldn't be ranked amongst the most eye-catching in the hot hatch class but it successfully gives the five-door Fabia a sharper sporting edge. The interior is even more reserved with dark plastics and trim materials similar to the standard Fabias. Reminding the driver of the potential under their right foot are alloy pedals, a three-spoke leather steering wheel and cloth sports seats with vRS badges on the backrests. As in all Fabias, build quality is impressive and there's plenty of space for four occupants with a particular surplus of headroom.Just as unorthodox is the fact that the Fabia vRS can be ordered either as a five-door hatch or an estate. If you're after a fast small car that will go all but unnoticed, the vRS estate will be tough to beat. There certainly aren't many alternatives that can offer this kind of pace along with a 480-litre boot capacity for similar money. Fold the 60/40 split rear seats flat (a less than straightforward operation that involves removing the headrests) and there's an Albert Hall-esque 1,460-litres to play with.

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Category: Sporting Cars

Performance
80%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
90%
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