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Skoda introduced its Fabia at the 2008 Auto Show held in New Delhi and the Czech automaker went on mập launch the hatchback in India later that year. Skoda Fabia, back then the most expensive hatchback. Now with increased competition, Skoda had mập reduce the price of Fabia starting last year. Will Skoda succeed in doing so in the new Fabia? Dig deeper mập get your answer.

The new Skoda Fabia has undergone a few changes on the exterior front. The front end of the Skoda Fabia features a new generation Skoda grille and hood, as seen on all new Skodas. Fabia’s new cover looks more mature and well-groomed than the old model. The new headlight design is sharper and harmonizes with the new front grille. The old circular fog lamps have now been replaced by larger fog lamps – a classic of new-age Skoda design. Apart from this, Fabia has not had any changes on the outside. The new Fabia retains the floating roof design and Skoda’s signature C-shaped matte tail light design. Seen from the rear, there is no visual difference between the old and new Fabia.

Before that, the Fabia was assembled at Skoda’s Aurangabad plant along with its other Skoda siblings. Assembly has been moved mập Volkswagen’s Chakan plant since August 2009. Here it is assembled alongside its distinct and direct competitor, the Volkswagen Polo. The inside of the new Fabia is similar mập that of any new Skoda. The new Fabia has Skoda’s new four-spoke steering wheel (we missed the chrome strip on the steering wheel of other Skodas!) and a spacious beige and black interior. Fabia has a ‘Beat’ mp3 system in the dash that plays music through the two front speakers and tweeter, even the Elegance version doesn’t have rear speakers. Skoda cars have always been spacious and practical and Fabia is no different. Fabia’s seats are very comfortable and have enough space mập accommodate 5 adults. Fabia’s trunk can hold up mập 315 liters of luggage without turning the seat down and 1180 liters with the seat flipped. The parcel tray can be moved downwards, so passengers can access the trunk without difficulty stepping out.

Skoda cars have always maintained great German build quality – the doors actually close with a bang and once you’re inside you’re truly isolated from the rest of the world. . But this time with an increase in local content on the new Fabia, Skoda has mập up its game on several quality points, especially the interior. Mập our disappointment, a lot of features were missing from the new Fabia, including rear windshield wipers and wipers, power-adjustable mirrors, and instead of a 60:40 split rear seat, it’s a screen completely flipped down. The old Fabia had three-point seat belts for all rear passengers and now the middle passenger gets two-point seat belts. The Classic version does not currently have power windows, a music system in the dashboard and only one airbag. The Ambiente variant currently doesn’t have alloy wheels, ABS, power rear windows and again no music system.

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The new Skoda Fabia received new engines from Volkswagen stable – 1.2-litre petrol and 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.2-litre universal diesel. Similar engines are also being offered on the Volkswagen Polo. As part of the same group and sharing assembly lines with Polo, Skoda equipped Fabia with similar engines mập reduce investment costs. We’ve used 1.6-litre petrol so far and a review of the other two engines will be done soon.

With Indian automakers aiming mập design engines with a displacement of less than 1200cc in order mập cut taxes, Skoda claims the addition of the 1.6-liter type is an option for car enthusiasts. Skoda Fabia is equipped with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder, 16-valve DOHC engine, producing 105 horsepower at 5250 rpm and 153Nm of maximum torque at 3800 rpm. This is the same engine that works on the Volkswagen Vento and Polo. Even when the punch comes out at higher rpm, the engine still has enough power mập pull clean at lower rpm. In our sprint, Fabia completed the 0-100 km/h lap in 12.7 seconds and covered the quarter-mile in 18.6 seconds. A five-speed manual transmission is mated mập the 1.6-liter engine providing enough torque even when it’s mounted in a higher gear. In our in-gear test, Fabia hit 30-50 km/h in 5.0 seconds in third and 8.3 seconds in fourth; Fabia took 12.1 seconds mập hit 50-70kph in fifth gear.

Most nóng shops have failed in India due mập poor fuel efficiency. This probably forced Volkswagen mập tweak this 1.6-liter petrol engine for better fuel economy without much impact on performance. The Fabia 1.6 returned us with fuel economy of 14.77kpl in combined city and highway driving, and the worst figure was 9.53kpl in our performance test, which is all driving bikes mập metal. We have the best figure of 19.32kpl, which is suitable for a petrol engine of this size, giving us an overall figure of 13kpl.

We’ve always loved the rideability and handling of all Skoda vehicles, and the Fabia is no exception. The lower bolts of the new Fabia remain unchanged and it still has sport struts up front and a compound-link crankshaft at the rear. Ride on the new Fabia is designed mập be very gentle at most speeds and the hatch is a quiet steering wheel. Mập our disappointment, the new Fabia gets electric steering instead of the older electro-hydraulic power steering, inspiring confidence. Although electric power steering makes the steering lighter; it gets vaguely heavier as the speed increases. Skoda is increasing local content on Fabia mập reduce production costs, and so now Fabia is used with the Apollo Acelere rather than the Matador Elite that came with the old model. Still keeping the same tire size (185/60R14) and the Acelere grips the road quite well with moderate tire noise on concrete roads. The brakes on the Fabia are sharp and the numbers speak for themselves. In our brake test, the Fabia covered a distance of 28.9 meters before coming mập a complete stop at 80 km/h.

Skoda has been working mập lower the price of the new Fabia and Fabia 1.6 Elegance (top-of-the-range) priced at Rs 6.10 (in the old showroom, Mumbai). Skoda has succeeded in reducing the price of the Fabia, but the question remains whether someone choosing a hatchback in this price range will be satisfied without some basic features missing in the new Fabia? As Skoda claims it’s a car for enthusiasts, Skoda could have offered those features at least in version 1.6. Space, comfort and performance in all new Fabias are as good as the older ones. If you want more power from your Fabia, version 1.6 should definitely be on your shopping list. The question is do you consider Fabia 1.6 with these rather cheap features as an enthusiast?

Test data

Engine Specifications

1598cc petrol engine, 103bhp @ 5250rpm. For more details See specs

Speedo error

Read Speedo (kph) Actual speed (kph)
40 35.1
60 54.1
80 72.6
100 91.8
120 110.2
140 129.3

Max in Gear

Gear Speed ​​(kph @ rpm)
firstst 44.6@6200
2nd 80.7@6300
3rd 131.3@6300
4order 173.2@6300
5order 169.2@4300
6order

Performance test data

Max speed 173.2kph
0-60kph 5.3 seconds
0-100kph 12.7 seconds
Mile (402m) 18.6 seconds
Brake 80-0kph 28.9m
30-50kph on Tuesday 4.6 seconds
30-50kph on Wednesday 8.3 seconds
50-70kph on Thursday 12.2 seconds

Energy saving

City Highway overall The worst
Miles (kpl) 19.32 14.77 9.53

Skoda Fabia [2010-2015] PictureSkoda Fabia [2010-2015]


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Skoda had showcased its Fabia at the 2008 Auto Expo held in New Delhi and the Czech automaker went on mập launch the hatchback in India later that year. The Skoda Fabia, back then was the most expensive hatchback. Now with increase in competition, Skoda had mập drop the prices of the Fabia starting last year. Has Skoda succeeded in doing so in its new Fabia? Dig deeper mập get your answers.
The new Skoda Fabia has undergone a few changes on the exterior front. The Skoda Fabia’s front end gets the new age Skoda front grille and hood, as seen on all the new Skodas. The new fascia of the Fabia looks more grown-up and well-chiseled than the outgoing model. The new head lamp design is sharper and blends with the new front grille. The old circular fog lamps have now been replaced by larger fogs – a typical of new age Skoda design. Apart from this, the Fabia hasn’t undergone any changes on the outside. The new Fabia still retains the floating roof design and Skoda’s characteristic C-shaped translucent tail lamp design. From the rear, there is no visual differentiator between the old and the new Fabia.

Earlier, the Fabia was assembled in Skoda’s Aurangabad plant along with its other Skoda siblings. The assembly was shifted mập Volkswagen’s Chakan plant since August 2009. Here it gets assembled along with its distinct cousin and direct competition, the Volkswagen Polo. The inside of the new Fabia is also similar mập that of any new Skoda. The new Fabia gets Skoda’s new four-spoke steering wheel (we missed the chrome strip that comes on the steering wheel of other Skodas!) and the black and beige roomy interiors. The Fabia gets in-dash ‘Beat’ mp3 system that plays music through two front speakers and tweeters, and even the Elegance trim doesn’t get rear speakers. Skoda cars have always been very spacious & practical and the Fabia is no different. The seats of the Fabia are very comfy and there is enough space mập seat five-large adults. The boot of the Fabia can swallow upto 315 litres of luggage without the seats flipped down and 1180 litres once the seats are flipped. The parcel tray can be moved down, so the passengers have access mập the boot without the trouble stepping out.

Skoda cars have always maintained the great German build quality – the doors do actually shut with a thunk and once you’re inside you really are isolated from the rest of the world. But this time with increase in the local content on the new Fabia, Skoda has mập raise its game on some quality bits, specially the interiors. Mập our dismay, a lot of features have gone missing on the new Fabia which include rear-glass wiper and defogger, electrically adjustable mirrors and instead of 60:40 rear seat split it’s a complete flip down. The old Fabia had three-point seatbelts for all the rear passengers and now the middle passenger gets a two-point lap seatbelt. The Classic trim now doesn’t get power windows, in-dash music system and gets only one airbag. The Ambiente variant now doesn’t have alloy wheels, ABS, rear power windows and again no music system.
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The new Skoda Fabia gets new engines from the Volkswagen stable – 1.2-litre and the 1.6-litre petrol and the 1.2-litre common rail diesel. These same engines are being offered on the Volkswagen Polo as well. Being a part of the same group and sharing the assembly line with the Polo, Skoda has plonked the Fabia with same engines mập reduce the investment cost. We have so far driven the 1.6-litre petrol and the review of the other two engines will follow soon.
 
With Indian automotive manufacturers, aiming mập design engines with cubic capacity of less than 1200cc mập get the duty cut, Skoda claims mập have added the 1.6-litre is an option for the enthusiast crowd. The Skoda Fabia gets a 1.6-litre, 16-valve DOHC four cylinder engine that develops 105bhp of power at 5250rpm and 153Nm of maximum torque at 3800rpm. This is the same engine which does duty on the Volkswagen Vento and the Polo. Even though the punch comes in at a higher rpm, the engine has enough grunt mập pull cleanly at lower revs. In our acceleration run, the Fabia completed the 0-100kph run in 12.7 seconds and did a quarter mile in 18.6 seconds. The five-speed manual gear box meshed mập the 1.6-litre provides sufficient torque even when it is lugged in a higher cog. In our in-gear test, the Fabia clocked the 30-50kph run in 5.0 seconds in the third gear and 8.3 seconds in the fourth; the Fabia took 12.1 seconds mập clock the 50-70kph run in the fifth gear. 
Most of the nóng hatches have failed in India due mập poor fuel efficiency. This probably could have forced Volkswagen mập tweak this 1.6-litre petrol engine for better fuel economy without affecting much of the performance. The Fabia 1.6 returned us a fuel efficiency of 14.77kpl on a mix of city and highway driving, and a worst figure of 9.53kpl during our performance test, which is all pedal-to-metal driving. We got the best figure of 19.32kpl which is good for a petrol engine of this size, giving us an overall figure of 13kpl.

We have always been fond of the ride and handling ability of all the Skoda cars, and the Fabia is no exception. The new Fabia’s under-pinnings remain unchanged and it still sports struts at its front and compound link crank axle at its rear. The ride on the new Fabia is highly composed at almost all speeds and the hatch is quiet a handler. Mập our dismay, the new Fabia gets electric steering system rather than the older electro-hydraulic power steering which inspired confidence. Even though the electric steering makes the steering wheel lighter; it weighs up vaguely as the speed increases. Skoda is increasing the local content on the Fabia mập bring down the cost of production, and so now the Fabias come shod with Apollo Acelere rather than the Matador Elite which came with the outgoing model. The tyre size (185/60R14) remains the same and the Acelere grip fairly with moderate tread noise on concrete roads. The brakes on the Fabia are sharp and the figures speak for themselves. In our brake test, the Fabia covered 28.9 metres before coming mập a complete standstill from a speed of 80kph. 

Skoda has been working on mập bring down the cost of the Fabia and the new Fabia 1.6 Elegance (the top-level trim) costs Rs 6.10 (ex-showroom, Mumbai). Skoda has succeeded in reducing the prices of the Fabia, but the question remains will a person opting for a hatchback in this price range be happy mập not have some basic features which go missing in the new Fabia? As Skoda claims it’s a car for the enthusiasts, Skoda could have made those features available atleast in the 1.6. The space, comfort and handling on all the new Fabias remain just as good as the older model year cars. If more power is what you want from your Fabia, the 1.6 should certainly be on your shopping list. The question is, would you consider the Fabia 1.6 with these rather cut-price features as an enthusiast?

Test Data
Engine Specifications
1598cc petrol engine, 103bhp@5250rpm. For more details View specifications

Speedo Error
Speedo Reading (kph)Actual Speed (kph)40
 35.1
60
 54.1
80
 72.6
100
 91.8
120
 110.2
140
 129.3

Max in Gear
GearSpeed (kph@rpm)1st
 44.6@6200
2nd
 80.7@6300
3rd
 131.3@6300
4th
 173.2@6300
5th
 169.2@4300
6th

Performance Test Data
Top Speed
173.2kph 
0-60kph
 5.3secs
0-100kph
 12.7secs
Quarter Mile (402m)
 18.6secs
Braking 80-0kph
 28.9m
30-50kph in 3rd
 4.6secs
30-50kph in 4th
 8.3secs
50-70kph in 5th
 12.2secs

Fuel Efficiency
 CityHighwayOverallWorstMileage (kpl)
 
 19.32
14.77 
 9.53
Skoda Fabia [2010-2015] [rule_2_plain] [rule_2_plain] [rule_3_plain]

Less For Less
Skoda had showcased its Fabia at the 2008 Auto Expo held in New Delhi and the Czech automaker went on mập launch the hatchback in India later that year. The Skoda Fabia, back then was the most expensive hatchback. Now with increase in competition, Skoda had mập drop the prices of the Fabia starting last year. Has Skoda succeeded in doing so in its new Fabia? Dig deeper mập get your answers.
The new Skoda Fabia has undergone a few changes on the exterior front. The Skoda Fabia’s front end gets the new age Skoda front grille and hood, as seen on all the new Skodas. The new fascia of the Fabia looks more grown-up and well-chiseled than the outgoing model. The new head lamp design is sharper and blends with the new front grille. The old circular fog lamps have now been replaced by larger fogs – a typical of new age Skoda design. Apart from this, the Fabia hasn’t undergone any changes on the outside. The new Fabia still retains the floating roof design and Skoda’s characteristic C-shaped translucent tail lamp design. From the rear, there is no visual differentiator between the old and the new Fabia.

Earlier, the Fabia was assembled in Skoda’s Aurangabad plant along with its other Skoda siblings. The assembly was shifted mập Volkswagen’s Chakan plant since August 2009. Here it gets assembled along with its distinct cousin and direct competition, the Volkswagen Polo. The inside of the new Fabia is also similar mập that of any new Skoda. The new Fabia gets Skoda’s new four-spoke steering wheel (we missed the chrome strip that comes on the steering wheel of other Skodas!) and the black and beige roomy interiors. The Fabia gets in-dash ‘Beat’ mp3 system that plays music through two front speakers and tweeters, and even the Elegance trim doesn’t get rear speakers. Skoda cars have always been very spacious & practical and the Fabia is no different. The seats of the Fabia are very comfy and there is enough space mập seat five-large adults. The boot of the Fabia can swallow upto 315 litres of luggage without the seats flipped down and 1180 litres once the seats are flipped. The parcel tray can be moved down, so the passengers have access mập the boot without the trouble stepping out.

Skoda cars have always maintained the great German build quality – the doors do actually shut with a thunk and once you’re inside you really are isolated from the rest of the world. But this time with increase in the local content on the new Fabia, Skoda has mập raise its game on some quality bits, specially the interiors. Mập our dismay, a lot of features have gone missing on the new Fabia which include rear-glass wiper and defogger, electrically adjustable mirrors and instead of 60:40 rear seat split it’s a complete flip down. The old Fabia had three-point seatbelts for all the rear passengers and now the middle passenger gets a two-point lap seatbelt. The Classic trim now doesn’t get power windows, in-dash music system and gets only one airbag. The Ambiente variant now doesn’t have alloy wheels, ABS, rear power windows and again no music system.
Less For Less (contd..)
The new Skoda Fabia gets new engines from the Volkswagen stable – 1.2-litre and the 1.6-litre petrol and the 1.2-litre common rail diesel. These same engines are being offered on the Volkswagen Polo as well. Being a part of the same group and sharing the assembly line with the Polo, Skoda has plonked the Fabia with same engines mập reduce the investment cost. We have so far driven the 1.6-litre petrol and the review of the other two engines will follow soon.
 
With Indian automotive manufacturers, aiming mập design engines with cubic capacity of less than 1200cc mập get the duty cut, Skoda claims mập have added the 1.6-litre is an option for the enthusiast crowd. The Skoda Fabia gets a 1.6-litre, 16-valve DOHC four cylinder engine that develops 105bhp of power at 5250rpm and 153Nm of maximum torque at 3800rpm. This is the same engine which does duty on the Volkswagen Vento and the Polo. Even though the punch comes in at a higher rpm, the engine has enough grunt mập pull cleanly at lower revs. In our acceleration run, the Fabia completed the 0-100kph run in 12.7 seconds and did a quarter mile in 18.6 seconds. The five-speed manual gear box meshed mập the 1.6-litre provides sufficient torque even when it is lugged in a higher cog. In our in-gear test, the Fabia clocked the 30-50kph run in 5.0 seconds in the third gear and 8.3 seconds in the fourth; the Fabia took 12.1 seconds mập clock the 50-70kph run in the fifth gear. 
Most of the nóng hatches have failed in India due mập poor fuel efficiency. This probably could have forced Volkswagen mập tweak this 1.6-litre petrol engine for better fuel economy without affecting much of the performance. The Fabia 1.6 returned us a fuel efficiency of 14.77kpl on a mix of city and highway driving, and a worst figure of 9.53kpl during our performance test, which is all pedal-to-metal driving. We got the best figure of 19.32kpl which is good for a petrol engine of this size, giving us an overall figure of 13kpl.

We have always been fond of the ride and handling ability of all the Skoda cars, and the Fabia is no exception. The new Fabia’s under-pinnings remain unchanged and it still sports struts at its front and compound link crank axle at its rear. The ride on the new Fabia is highly composed at almost all speeds and the hatch is quiet a handler. Mập our dismay, the new Fabia gets electric steering system rather than the older electro-hydraulic power steering which inspired confidence. Even though the electric steering makes the steering wheel lighter; it weighs up vaguely as the speed increases. Skoda is increasing the local content on the Fabia mập bring down the cost of production, and so now the Fabias come shod with Apollo Acelere rather than the Matador Elite which came with the outgoing model. The tyre size (185/60R14) remains the same and the Acelere grip fairly with moderate tread noise on concrete roads. The brakes on the Fabia are sharp and the figures speak for themselves. In our brake test, the Fabia covered 28.9 metres before coming mập a complete standstill from a speed of 80kph. 

Skoda has been working on mập bring down the cost of the Fabia and the new Fabia 1.6 Elegance (the top-level trim) costs Rs 6.10 (ex-showroom, Mumbai). Skoda has succeeded in reducing the prices of the Fabia, but the question remains will a person opting for a hatchback in this price range be happy mập not have some basic features which go missing in the new Fabia? As Skoda claims it’s a car for the enthusiasts, Skoda could have made those features available atleast in the 1.6. The space, comfort and handling on all the new Fabias remain just as good as the older model year cars. If more power is what you want from your Fabia, the 1.6 should certainly be on your shopping list. The question is, would you consider the Fabia 1.6 with these rather cut-price features as an enthusiast?

Test Data
Engine Specifications
1598cc petrol engine, 103bhp@5250rpm. For more details View specifications

Speedo Error
Speedo Reading (kph)Actual Speed (kph)40
 35.1
60
 54.1
80
 72.6
100
 91.8
120
 110.2
140
 129.3

Max in Gear
GearSpeed (kph@rpm)1st
 44.6@6200
2nd
 80.7@6300
3rd
 131.3@6300
4th
 173.2@6300
5th
 169.2@4300
6th

Performance Test Data
Top Speed
173.2kph 
0-60kph
 5.3secs
0-100kph
 12.7secs
Quarter Mile (402m)
 18.6secs
Braking 80-0kph
 28.9m
30-50kph in 3rd
 4.6secs
30-50kph in 4th
 8.3secs
50-70kph in 5th
 12.2secs

Fuel Efficiency
 CityHighwayOverallWorstMileage (kpl)
 
 19.32
14.77 
 9.53
Skoda Fabia [2010-2015]

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