Skoda Fabia 1.2 TDI CR Elegance
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Skoda Fabia: This is the car that started the trend of premium hatchbacks in India. Launched at the 2008 Auto Expo, the Fabia re-defined the meaning of a luxury hatchback in India and offered features and space never seen before on a small car in the Indian market. Over the years, the Fabia hasn’t changed much though in 2010, Skoda shelved its sticker price by a huge margin, making it much more affordable and thus helping it increase its sales figures.
The Fabia has typical European lines with now familiar Skoda family front design. The huge headlamps along with the typical Czech maker grille dominate the front end. The Fabia is also one of the biggest hatchbacks in the Indian market and it’s hard not to notice it on the road. The top end Elegance model gets tasty looking alloy wheels which add to the whole design.
On the inside, the Fabia scores top marks in space. Five adults can sit comfortably and this is complimented well by the huge boot space of the vehicle. The quality of plastics used is also very good and the Fabia comes loaded with impressive features apart from speakers at the rear and wash-wiper system for the rear windshield. The suspension of the Skoda Fabia is also set-up properly, giving it a very good compromise between ride and handling. Infact, the light steering, light clutch and smooth gearbox means the Fabia is a joy to drive in city.
The Skoda Fabia comes in three engine options – two petrols and one diesel. These are the same engines that also power the Volkswagen Polo. The 1.2-litre petrol and diesel engines are of the 3-cylinder variety which means that they aren’t as smooth as some of the other cars in the price segment. However, both the 1.2-litre units do just fine on the power front and lend the Fabia with good performance for both city and highway. Infact, its high speed stability and solid feel at high speeds makes it a very good car for long trips. The 1.6-litre petrol engine is a 4-cylinder unit and is in a world of its own. It makes the Fabia (along with the Polo 1.6) the quickest hatchback car and can easily teach expensive sedans a thing or two about performance.
The ARAI fuel economy certification for the 1.2 petrol, 1.2 diesel and 1.6 petrol stand at 16.25kmpl, 20.96kmpl and 14.83kmpl respectively. The 1.2 engine options are sold in three trim levels, Classic, Ambiente and Elegance while the larger 1.6-litre motor is only sold in the Elegance version. Prices for the Fabia start at Rs 4.43 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Expert Speak: A spacious and comfortable hatchback with high levels of quality and a reasonable price tag make the Skoda Fabia a much recommended buy in its segment.
|What We Like:||Space, comfort, value after discounts|
|What We Don't Like:||Petrol slightly rough, visibility for short drivers|
Skoda Fabia too costly - but 2 Cars or Lancer or City instead
The car is too costly for its size, performance and features. Instead get 2 small cars or by the new Lancer / Honda City automatic. These also boost the same Quality and Quantity. Dont go for it, less resale value. less service centers, costly spares hmm....lot and lot. read more
SAGA ON SELECTING THE RIGHT HATCHBACK
With exuberance in driving cars from past 33 years and having had an opportunity to own and drive Fiat 1100D, Premier Padmini, Ambassador Mark II,III&IV, Maruti 800, Maruti OMNI, Maruti Esteem, Maruti Zen, Tata Estate, Tata Sumo, Fiat Sieana and Toyota Innova, I am fairly experienced in identifying Horses from Donkeys. A phrase of inspiration from my late father was “Kabul mein Gadhe bhee Milte hain aur Ghode bhee” verbatim translation is that in Kabul you get donkeys as well as Horses. The analogy exists with market place where all sorts of items are availbale, one has to be sharp enough not to get trapped. Ever increasing traffic situation in Delhi, coupled with parking woes, forced me to think on buying a Hatchback with following guide lines in mind with budget not being a constraint. 1.Should have a Good World Class Brand image. 2.Excellent Fit and Finish. 3.Superb ride Quality. 4.Unsweating Airconditioning to tide over scortching heat of North India. 5.Uncompromised Safety and Security. 6.Frugal Fuel Consumption. 7.Prefrably Petrol but no objection on Modern Diesels. 8.Occasional Highway Driving. 9.Optimum Boot Space In light of above, had a prudent Test Drive of the following available Hatchbacks. Deliberately did not select SKODA FABIA owing to prevailing negative publicity by media on the car Stalling on roads and Highways and relatively unimpressive looks. 1.Volkswagen POLO-: Chilled the excitement with its more than small interiors. A bulk of 110Kg with a height of 6ft like mine Struggled to get in behind the wheel. The passenger seat adult was literally rubbing shoulders. Rear seats appeared to be for children. Rejected outright. 2.Hyundai i20-: Despite a negative feedback from one of its existing owners for ride Quality, ventured a test drive on their CRDi variant. Car was extremely peppy but on high speeds appeared to loose stability. Fit and finish was average but worst part was negotiation of road bumps and pot holes. Rejected. 3.Ford Figo-: Ebony interiors were not for me. Reminded me of my teens and the movies of John Travaolta in his convertibles with similar shade of red, galavanting with nymphs all around. Dash board and Speed o Meter was less than average. Fit and finish could have been better. Rejected. 4.Chevy Beat-: Contemprary interiors, more than peppy drive, good ride Quality but extremely miser on rear leg space and overall shoulder space. Rejected. 5.Fiat Punto-: Car looks were great, interiors were average and a little cramped up. But driving the so called 1.3 Quadrajet was a fiasco. The lady did not budge. Sales person inspired me on their 1.4 FIRE, good pickup but turning radius reminded me of my Fiat Siena. The sales person was non comittal on the FE of 1.4 FIRE. Could be Considered. 6.Honda Jazz-: Looks were appealing, Fit Finish, just what I was looking for, Cabin Space appeared to be just made for me. Driving was a struggle between II and III gear but all other goodies overshadowed this minus. Selected and decided to finalize on their Select Variant with Alloy Wheels and rear fabble tray it after return from a conference in Macau. During the conference casually mentioned to a peer business friend, intention on buying Honda Jazz after seeing one zoom past. A very serious advice retorted from him to try the SKODA FABIA 1.4TDI. In the recent past he had bought the 1.2HTP and was more than satisfied. I took it as a casual advice and got busy with my business program. After returning from a hectic conference week in Macau, was yearning to drive the new Honda Jazz, but at the back of the mind advice from the friend to try SKODA FABIA was floating. Anyway decided to give a casual try and then proceed to Honda Showroom which was near SKODA outlet. Fahrenheit Automobiles, Moti Nagar had a good display of various trims of SKODA Fabia ranging from Classic, to Ambientte, to Elegance. Mind you it was love at First Sight on seeing the Brilliant Silver Elegance having chic interiors, dual tone black and beige dash board, roomy interiors, solid built. A thorough test drive on Shivaji Marg, sealed the decision on SKODA FABIA 1.4 TDI Elegance. This was followed by negotiations and was able to strike a good deal with almost immediate delivery on 23/05/2010. Have had an opportunity to drive around 900Km in last 10 days of ownership. One Highway trip to Haridwar and back on the same day. Average has clocked around 17Kmpl. Best part of Highway driving is the turbo kicking in when tapped, especially overtaking on two lane roads, with swiftness to avoid oncoming traffic. Owing to run in restrictions did not cross 90Km/h but Fabia appeared to be more deparate than me to go on higher speeds. Nitrogen blow in all tyres is just fantastic. Shall switch to this great thing on all other cars. Noisy TDI PD engine has been slightly subdued by negotiating an Engine Noise Cover from Fahrenheit. A suggestion to SKODA to give this accessory as standard equipment. Another analysis, Fabia 1.4TDI PD is more noisy especially during idling owing to 3-Cylinder POT and the high pressures of integrated injector+pump (pumpe-Duse) on each one of the cylinders. Greatest advantage, redundancy of fuel pumps, frugality in fuel consumption and above all longer band of torque 1800~2600rpm. Bargain for Noise …..............tolerable. MORAL OF THE SAGA “PLEASE TD SKODA FABIA” WHENEVER YOU ARE PLANNING A METRO VEHICLE read more
Skoda Fabia review
With the experience of Tata Aria visit still fresh in my mind, I was in a dilemma when I was asked to visit the showroom to have a first hand experience of the new Fabia. The reason was simple-with the kind of regard I had for the old Fabia, I didn’t want to see a stripped down version and change the image I had in my mind of the first true luxury hatch in India. But, I was left with no choice and had to go to check her out. One first look at the car and I slightly felt comfortable. The car, though cheap by around 70k compared to the previous avatar, did not look as bad as I had expected. Instead, the fresh new face, with the wider peeled headlamps and bold new grille and the monstrous looking fog lamps, gave it a character, like some of its higher priced siblings. The flow lines from the sides of the bonnet gel with the upper grille so well, and looked inviting. The lower grille had also received fair amount of makeup, and with the low air dam at front, the car gave an impression of a toned up version of the old Fabia. The car length has also been increased by 8 mm and comes quite close to the line of control between a compact and an entry mid car. The height has also, gone up by 8mm, and the ground clearance by 12mm, which is…huge. Skoda seems to have learnt from the previous experiences with the old Fabia, which never spared a decent speed breaker on its path. The new alloys give it a much bolder stance. But, what came as a shock to me was the fact that Skoda has done away with the elegant sunroof atop the old car. Also the rear wiper as also nowhere to be seen, thanks to the cost lowering exercises. But overall, the car appeared sleek and better poised than the old Fabia. Truly Fab, is it? Read more at http://automate4u.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/15/ read more
Worst car one can have in INDIA
I have purchased 1.4tdi (2008) Ac was not working from day one and till today,coolant leak,steering oil leak,engine mounting got replaced,bearing replaced,ultimately engine stopped due to timing belt worn off ,all these cascade started after 10k to45000km. read more
VERY LOW GROUND CLEARENCE
I MR. RAMESH JAIN PURCHASED THIS CAR IN THE MONTH OF JUNE AFTER PURCHASING I SEND MY CAR THREE TIMES IN SKODA WORKSHOP BECAUSE THE GROUND CLEARENCE OF THIS CAR IS VERY VERY LOW MY LOWER PORTION OF MY CAR IS COMPLETLY DESTROYED BY SPEED BREKER THIS CAR AS COMPARED TO ALL THE CAR IS VERY VERY GOOD BUT THE GROUND CLEARENCE IS VERY VERY BAD EVEN THIS CAR HAS LESS GROUND CLEARENCE THEN MARUTI 800. THIS CAR IS NOT FIT SPECIALY FOR INDIAN ROAD read more
Fabia ia Fabiatastic
A great car. Better than others in this segment but still overpriced. even the mileage is fine.features are good.Speacilly safety features. Good car overall. read more
Best hatchback Car
hi i feel Skoda Fabia is a Best hatchback car on Indian Roads and Also the drive comfort and Safety of Fabia is Really good. Since one and half year i am using the car. Skoda Fabia has an instant appeal with its cheeky cuteness. This large hatchback has a sharp design that makes it stand out in its class. The Fabia successfully gives a compact appearance with a tight-fitting roof, projector headlamps that are a blend of aesthetics and functionality, and a big chrome bar with a classy look. The exterior appeal is further complemented by alloy wheels with wide tyres for better road grip read more
Best Hatchback Car
Just 15 days ago i bought the white one amby intial it gave me 17.5 in city and now it increased to 18.5 city on highway its amazing to 22+ ,really the wonder when i booked many friends comment abt the noisy engine but when we ride it craked the comments ,i'been driving swift 2yrs and zen for 4 yrs really it broke the performance which i've already with them (55000-swift,125000 in zen)even i had the comment that diesel engine will have discomfort and very often we get tired and so on,at a stretch i went 350 kms i didn't feel any discomfort or any type of vibration-thanks for the VW pd engine each and everything is designed to suit indian style and riding comfort-till date i've crossed 1400kms very peacefully,i found the breaking efficiency also take care the following cars,powerful brakes,turning radius is very sharp and has no whobling ,i found the C.I wheels are lighter and may damage . warning alerts when we forget to release the hand break,reserve diesel and so on,Really skoda never let me down to feel me.thanks for the people who worked hard (price is high )and all other aspects really worth .thanks for Mahavir Auto(Skoda Dealers), Hyderabad for their greater support even after their sales. audio not upto the mark,enough leg room behind seats and only 4 can comfortably sit if people can afford the price then there r no option .thanks for many people who helped me in their reviews also very useful in selecting the vehicle. again in ghat roads it over took all petrol vehicle's it gained at 14km/lit read more
Best Hatchback Car Skoda Fabia
hi Friends, I am using Skoda Fabia Since 8 months and i feel that best hatchback car. Overview: The Fabia's anti-lock braking system (ABS) ensures maximum control of the vehicle in emergency braking situations. Its Motor Speed Regulator (MSR) and dual brake assist system ensure utmost safety while driving. Powertrain and maintenance: The diesel Fabia gives amazing fuel efficiency, which is close to 14.1 km/litre in the city and 18.5 km/litre on the highway. The Petrol variant is expected to deliver approximately 14.7 km/litre on the highway. The Skoda Fabia has an instant appeal with its cheeky cuteness. This large hatchback has a sharp design that makes it stand out in its class. The Fabia successfully gives a compact appearance with a tight-fitting roof, projector headlamps that are a blend of aesthetics and functionality, and a big chrome bar with a classy look. The exterior appeal is further complemented by alloy wheels with wide tyres for better road grip. read more