Skoda Fabia
Updated On: 24 April 2014

Skoda Fabia

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Skoda Fabia

Skoda Fabia Description

Skoda Fabia, the hatchback car from Skoda’s stable has been smartly designed and is provided with premium looks and spacious interiors. The hatchback is available in both diesel and petrol variants. The fabulous looks accompanied by luxurious interiors make Skoda Fabia one of the best hatchback cars available in the Indian car market today. This five-seater hatchback is offered in three engine options, which comprise of 1.2 litre MPI petrol unit producing 75 BHP of power, 1.2 litre TDI CR diesel motor churning out 75 BHP of power and 1.6 litre MPI petrol engine producing peak power of 105 BHP. All these three engines are quite efficient and have been coupled with tried and tested five speed manual transmission.

The appearance of Skoda Fabia is undoubtedly attractive and appealing. The sleek body graphics, radiator grille finished with chrome, and smooth body creases provide a very sporty and dynamic look to the hatchback. The headlamps are proportionately shaped and have been blessed with a clean and tidy look. The rear end of the car feature perfectly positioned name of the hatchback along with properly done tail lights. The wheel arches have been carefully done, which are fitted with strong and brawny alloy wheels. Therefore, the entire look of Skoda Fabia is fairly sophisticated and utterly alluring. Even the differently looking variant aka Skoda Fabia Scout shares some of these features but there are some which are unique to it. Some of its key features are projector beam headlamps, protective body claddings on bumper and sides, front chin spoiler and rear diffuser and Scout’s badging on boot lid.

On the other hand, the interiors of Skoda Fabia are as impressive as its exteriors. The interiors of this premium hatchback are spacious, roomy and lavish. The dual tone color theme inside gives a very sophisticated and elegant ambience, while the features like air conditioning system, power windows, power steering, high quality fabric upholstered seats, advanced incorporated music system, arm rests etc add on to the comfort level of the car. Skoda Fabia Scout interiors are roomier than the normal Fabia and it also possesses stainless steel pedal set. Besides, Skoda Fabia hatchback also features Anti Lock Braking System (ABS) with dual rate brake assist and Engine Braking System. Here, ABS prevents the wheels from locking up, whenever immediate brakes are applied. The dual SRS airbags for the driver and front passenger and front fog lamps augment the safety department of the car.

Overall, Skoda Fabia could be considered as one of the most premium hatchbacks present in the market today. The car sports all kinds of sophisticated and elegant features that one wishes to be present in their car. The major highlight here is that all this is available to the consumers at a very competitive and reasonable price.

Overall Review

Skoda Fabia has arrived to infuse some muscle to the frail looking hatchbacks in Indian hatchback market. Its strong and aggressive exterior lines across the frame of its strong steeled body adorned with chrome finished front grille, black foil on pillars and halogen headlamps give it a tough look that is equivalent to a sports car. At the same time the roomy interiors shaded in ivory hues highlighted by chromed borders and embellished with luxuriously textured seat fabrics, silver finished gear and soft padded dashboard place it in league of premium sedans. So what is this car really about? It’s a super hatchback so cunningly designed that it feels compact on the outside and stretched on the inside at the same time. Recently, Ford India also launched a high-end variant christening it as Skoda Fabia Scout.

Mileage and Fuel Economy

The 1.2 litre petrol engine manages to deliver a mileage of 16.4 kmpl which is actually better than most competitors in market. However, the other 1.6 litre petrol engine is a slight let down with only 14.8 kmpl of mileage. But the 1.2 TDI CR, DOHC diesel engine steals the show with an impressive mileage of 20.0 kmpl.

Colors

Skoda Fabia offers plenty of color choice all of which are unique and vibrant. It is available in Candy White Black Magic, Pearl Effect, Corrida Red, Brilliant Silver, Satin Grey and Cappuccino Beige. The petrol as well as diesel Skoda Fabia Scout is rendered only in brilliant silver and cappuccino beige paints.

Acceleration and Pick up

The 1.2 litre petrol engine delivers a displacement of 1198cc with 75 bhp max power at 5400 rpm, peak torque of 110 Nm at 3750 rpm and acceleration 0-100 kmph in 15 seconds. The 1.6 L petrol engine fares little better and offers a piston displacement of 1598cc with maximum power of 105 bhp at 2550 rpm and peak torque of 153 NM at 3800 rpm and accelerates from 0 to 100 kmph in just 14 seconds. The 1.2 litre diesel engine manages a displacement of 1199cc and 75 bhp of peak power at 4200 rpm and max torque of 180 Nm at 2000 rpm. Of the three, this engine records maximum acceleration time of 17 seconds in speeding from nil to 100 kmph. While petrol engine achieve a maximum speed of 160 kmph, diesel engine powered Skoda Fabia can zoom at a highest speed of 185 kmph.

Appearance

Sensitively built for Indian roads, Skoda Fabia is stunning to look at while it is parked and even more eye catching when it zooms. The halogen headlights with manual leveling and multi-reflector fog lamps are curved outwards to give Skoda Fabia a wider-looking nose. Rear fog lights and high mounted third brake light add to the sporty impression laid out by this car at the first look. Body colored external mirrors, door handles and bumpers make for a consistent looking body that spread out a no nonsense vibe. On the other hand, the new Skoda Fabia Scout is covered all over by protective body claddings which takes away the sheen but practically protects the body of the car. Projector beams headlamps, silver chin spoiler, silver rear diffuser and cladding on bumpers, doors, sill and wheel arches gives the hatchback an off-roader look. Inside the cabin, one can find extra room and stainless steel pedal set. Interiors design of Skoda Fabia is a balance between space and comfort. There’s a lot of emphasis on chrome décor as can be seen from chrome plating on gear-shift selector, frame of gear-shift lever, air conditioning duct sliders and locking button of hand-brake lever. These looks are complemented by embedding a hi-tech digital Multi function display (MFD). Further enhancement to this plush feel is provided by excellent choice of upholstery that comes in two shades- ivory and onyx-grey. All in all, on the inside Skoda Fabia is a luxury hatchback.

Comfort Feature

Multi function display (MFD) of Travelling time, Distance travelled, Average speed, Immediate consumption, Average consumption, Travel distance before refueling, Service Interval, Outside temperature and Clock in highest variant. Some other impressive features in line with the lavishness this car promises to deliver are 12V power socket in centre console, Internal mechanical adjustment for external mirrors, height/length adjustable steering wheel and manually regulated air conditioning with dust and pollen filter and rear air conditioning vents under front seats to maintain consistent temperature for front and back seats. A huge luggage compartment with baggage hooks, completely foldable rear seat backrest, Bottle holders in the front doors, cup holders in rear and front doors, storage compartment in the front and rear centre console and under the steering wheel, coat hooks at the rear, ticket holder on the A pillar and retaining strip on the driver sun visor make it perfect partner for going out on a luxury drive.

Dimensions

It stretches 4000 mm in length, 1642 mm in breadth and 1522 mm in height. It is a front wheel drive with 2465 mm wheelbase and 158 mm ground clearance. The last two figures are shared by Skoda Fabia Scout variants but length, width and height stands at 4032mm, 1658 mm and 1557 mm, respectively proving that it is extra roomy and comfortable car for long drives.

Engine

Skoda Fabia comes with 3 engine option. There’s a 1.2 litre MPI 75 bhp petrol engine with 3 in line cylinders and liquid cooling system; a 1.6 litre MPI DOHC 105 bhp petrol engine with 4 in line cylinders and ,again, a liquid cooling system; and a 1.2 litre TDI CR, DOHC 75 bhp diesel engine with 3 in line cylinders, direct injection, liquid cooling system and turbocharger. The 1.2 Lt Petrol variant delivers highest mileage and torque of the three and in fact better than most hatchbacks in market.

Wheels

Skoda Fabia comes with 175/70 14 inch steel wheels with full wheel Comoros cover in Active and Ambition variants. The top end variants-Skoda Fabia Ambition and Skoda Fabia Scout are fitted with 185/60 15 inch alloy wheel to make it a smooth ride all the while.

Suspension

Skoda Fabia is equipped with a manual 5-speed fully synchronized gearbox, direct rack and pinion steering system with electro mechanic power steering, vacuum assisted hydraulic dual-diagonal circuit braking system ,front Disc brakes with inner cooling and drum rear brakes. Having said that, Skoda Fabia provides as much efficiency in driving as it does in looks.

Handling and Control

Safety features include ABS( Anti Brake System) with EBC( Engine Braking Control) , dual rate BA (Brake Assist) and dual front airbag for driver and front passenger, seats equipped with adjustable front and rear head restraints, defogger with timer, washer and wiper for rear-windscreen and height adjustable front seat belts. Security is insisted by features like Engine immobilizer with floating code system that changes the security code each time the key is pulled out of the ignition lock, Security code for audio player to make sure that the player becomes unusable in case it is stolen and central locking and unlocking of doors and boot lid. Starting from the basics, the chassis of Skoda Fabia has been built on sophisticated front McPherson strut suspension technique along with a strong lower A-arm and non-independent rear suspension. It delivers optimally tuned suspension.

Pros

Its unique built and design, spacious and luxurious interiors, stunning exteriors and Fuel economy.

Cons

It is positioned as a premium hatchback thus a little costlier.

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