Fabia just got smarter, inside and out
SKODA'S heavily revised new Fabia has just arrived. The core elements of improvement are smarter looks, higher spec and a new engine line-up.
The looks you can see for yourself, but inside they have new entertainment systems, new steering wheels and better-quality materials. Latest gadgetry includes touch-screen satellite navigation and MDI (Mobile Device Interface) for use with iPod, USB and mini-USB devices.
The estate -- Combi -- is a cracking little practical car with a lot of space (480 litres of luggage space that expands to 1,460 litres). Engines include a new 1.2-litre TSI (85bhp) 4-cyl petrol. Its consumption figures are impressive (5.2l/100km or 54mpg).
There is also a more powerful 1.2-litre TSI 105bhp with a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission.
The two revamped 1.6-litre diesels produce 70bhp and 90bhp with a consumption of 4.2l/100km (67mpg). Both they and the petrol are Band-A emission candidates (lowest road tax).
One step up is the Ambiente, with alloys and electric mirrors, while the top model, Elegance, has cruise control and air-con.
Ex-work prices start at €12,265 for the petrol and €16,390 for the 1.6 TDI 75bhp diesel model.