Skoda Fabia 3rd Generation
Skoda fabia may not be the best selling car or the biggest threat to the present competitors but it is surely the cheap among competition with lot of practicality. 3rd generation of skoda fabia was launched in 2015 and until now fabia managed to deliver 7, 00,000 units. As the sale numbers are not much impressive but because of it we cannot deny the real value of fabia. Biggest reason of less number of sales could be that all the major competitors of fabia has been shifted into new generations with more practicality, updated design and increased number of features like its related vehicles including Volkswagen polo, SEAT IBIZA which has been updated to MQB versatile platform while have more features and better specifications as well.
Trims & Versions:
Skoda fabia is available in six different trim and versions including; S, SE, SE Drive, SEL, Color Edition and Monte Carlo while the major features available in the trims are.
it is the base trim model which is equipped with basic features such as air condition, steel wheels, central locking system, basic safety features, LED day time running lights and more.
it is the most recommended trim which has important features in affordable price, features include; front fog lamps, Radio swing plus with 6.5 inches touch screen display and smart link.
16 inches aronia anthracite alloy wheels, Amundsen touch screen, navigation system, front and rear parking sensors and smart link plus.
16 inches Vigo alloy wheels in black, white and silver, Cruise control, colored roof and door mirrors matching alloy colors.
Amundsen touch screen navigation system, climate control air conditioning, 16 inch alloy wheels, micro swede upholstery is present in this trim.
LED Rear lights, Monte carlo logo and exterior styling, black styling, center console in black climate control air conditioning.
Engine & Power:
Skoda fabia is available with three petrol engines as optional or standard that varies from trim to trim.
1.0 Liter MPI (60HP):
it is a three cylinder 999 cc fuel injection petrol engine that generates 60hp@5000rpm with maximum torque of 95nm@3000rpm. Top speed with this engine is 98 Miles per hour while it takes 16.4 seconds to accelerate 0-60 miles per hour. It is paired with 5 speed manual transmission and gives the combined fuel economy of 52.3 miles per gallon.
1.0 Liter TSI (95 HP):
This is the recommended engine as it is the mid range with decent Horse power and fuel economy at moderate price.
It is a three cylinder turbo engine that generates 95hp@5000rpm with maximum torque of 160nm@1800rpm. With this engine Skoda fabia achieves the top speed of 115 miles per hour and accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 10.7 seconds. It is paired with 5 speed manual transmission and gives 52.3/miles per gallon fuel economy combined.
Liter TSI (110 HP):
It is a again a three liter turbo engine that generates 110hp@5000rpm with maximum torque of 200nm@2000rpm. Top speed with this engine is 122 miles per hour and it takes 9.7 seconds to accelerate from 0-60miles per hour. It is paired with 6 speeds manual or optional automatic transmission and it gives the fuel economy of 51.4 miles per gallon combined.
Skoda fabia could not be considered as fun to drive car it is more like to full fill the purpose of economical daily commute within town. As mentioned earlier 95 HP TSI is the best engine to be taken, as it not only full fill its purpose but also gives better fuel economy. 110 HP TSI engine adds more power but you may not feel noticeable difference while the MPI 60HP should be avoided both for town or highway. Ride of skoda fabia is comfortable unless you travel on bad roads where bumps could not be avoided in any way. Engine remains smooth and soundless even at high speeds but wind and road noise will be the part of your journeys as much as like other small hatchback cars. Monte carlo trim add sport suspensions but this trim should be avoided as well to stay comfortable with standard suspensions. Skoda fabia cannot be compared with Volkswagen polo, ford fiesta and SEAT Ibiza in terms of ride quality and driving performance. Steering wheel of fabia is light but maneuvering around the turn is not a fun, even on the turn and around the corners fabia leans quite a lot that could make rear car passengers little sick. On the highway it gets comfortable and more settled down while cruising.
Driving Convenience Standard features:
- Front assistant collision mitigation
- Stop/start system
- Exterior temperature gauge
- Multi function trip computer
- Service interval indicator
- Power assisted steering
Exterior Design & features:
Skoda fabia is a decent looking car but for even better road presence with the start of 2020 there has been given two new optional equipment packages one of which is color edition that provides sporty accents such as black radiator grille and black alloy wheels, wing mirror caps and optional black roof while the Monte carlo is already there that didn’t give much sporty driving experience but surely sporty road presence.
Standard Exterior features:
- Rear fog lights
- LED daytime running lights
- Body color door mirrors and handles
- Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
- Height adjustable headlamps
- Body color bumpers
- Intermittent rear wash/wipe
- Heated rear window
- Electric front windows
Interior Design & features:
Skoda fabia may not impresses you much with its interior but the way it has been laid out gives the lot of easy access that surely adds some extra comfort and convenience. Quality of interior not competitive with ford fiesta and Volkswagen polo those have soft touch materials around but despite of it Skoda fabia doesn’t feel cheap. The 6.5 inches infotainment screen is standard among the trims with android Auto and Apple car play from SE to Above, Size could be small but resolution and ease of use overtakes it. Visibility inside is the cabin is not bad that makes it easy for making turns within the town. There are no funky colors like competitors but if you want little color combination you can go for Monte carlo trim that adds Red stitching, leather steering wheel, some stainless steel pedal trims and carbon fiber effect. It is important to remember that don’t go for base S trim as many important features are missing in this trim, instead go for SE tri that adds extra features such as rear parking sensors, Leather wrapped multi-function steering wheel, 15 inches alloy wheels and important air conditioning while the standard features those are present in every trims includes.
Standard interior features:
- Front and rear interior lights
- Luggage hooks in the boot
- Isofix child seat mounting points on outer rear seats
- Pearl grey headlining
- Sun visors with vanity mirrors
- Ticket holder
- 5L bottle holder in front door panels
- Folding grab handles
- 60/40 split folding rear seat
- Rear courtesy light
- Front reading lights
- 2 height adjustable rear headrests
- Height adjustable front headrests
- Pollen filter
- Parcel shelf
- Height adjustable driver’s seat
- Cloth upholstery
- Height/reach adjust steering wheel
Because of increase in length and width in new fabia boot space has increase up to 350 liter which is same as current Volkswagen polo. Head and leg room on front and rear is decent enough to accommodate adults comfortably but on the rear seats two adults sit more comfortably than three because of less sitting space. Front seats are comfortable enough especially driver’s seat that has enough lateral support to avoid rolling through corners but lumbar support is not available nor as standard or as an option. Seats and steering wheel are adjustable those helps lot to find comfortable driving position.
In 2014 Skoda fabia was received 5 stars ratings from NCAP while ratings for new generation are not available but the standard list of features available in all trims includes;
- ESC includes ABS, MSR, ASR, EDS and HBA
- Front and rear passenger seatbelt warning light
- Curtain and side airbags
- Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
- Tire pressure monitor
- 3×3 point rear seatbelts
- Front seatbelt pre-tensioners
- Remote central locking
Standard Entertainment features:
- Radio swing with 6.5″ touch screen display, Bluetooth, SD card slot, USB port and 4 speakers
- DAB Digital radio
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- S Trim Starts: 12,990 Pounds
- SE Trim starts: 14,280 Pounds
- SE Drive Trim Starts: 15,340 pounds
- Color Edition Trim Starts: 15,3450 pounds
- SEL Trim starts: 17,225 pounds
- Monte Carlo Trim Starts: 17,850 Pound