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Skoda Fabia versus Fiat Punto

  • Nov 18, 2012
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Skoda makes some of the finest cars and their Skoda Fabia premium hatchback is one of the best premium hatchbacks in the country. Skoda Fabia brings several features and remains a good car in the segment. We compare it with Fiat Punto which is one of the best cars in the segment and brings several things to table at good pricing. Let’s see how the Fabia fares against the Punto.


Looks and design:


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Skoda Fabia brings a classy and elegant exterior design with contemporary styling. It has big clear lens headlamps and chrome tipped front grille with the Skoda badge. It has LED tail lights that look great and the rear of the car is well designed. It has a slightly long wheelbase and looks good from the side profile. Skoda has ensured the build quality, fit, finish and paint quality levels are all top notch.


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Fiat Punto has a classy design and comes across as sporty machine thanks to its low slung design and bold looks. It has maserati-like front end looks because of the tear drop shaped headlamps and sporty grille. It has muscular wheel arches and brings sporty alloys which add muscle to the car. The Punto hatchback has been well built and the exterior build quality and finish levels are excellent.


Looks overall – Skoda Fabia – 8.5/10
Looks overall – Fiat Punto – 8.5/10


Interiors – design, space and features:


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Skoda Fabia brings plenty of features inside but most prominently it has a very luxurious feel to its interiors and sports very high quality interiors. It has comfortable seats which provide excellent support to the back. It has plenty of space to stretch your legs and ample headroom. The cabin is spacious with an airy feel to it. There is excellent boot space of 480 liters which is sufficient for your travel luggage.


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Fiat Punto comes with plenty of interior features and has a roomy feel to its spacious cabin area. It brings comfortable seats which provide very good support to the back. Dual tone dashboard and elegant instrument panel with MID come standard. It has contoured steering wheel with audio controls and the the boot space can hold about 280 liters of luggage for your travels. The interior fit and finish however can be improved on the Punto.


Interiors overall – Skoda Fabia – 8.5/10
Interiors overall –
Fiat Punto – 7.5/10


Engine – performance, power, torque, fuel economy, smoothness:


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Skoda Fabia comes with a 1.2 liter petrol engine which produces 75 BHP at 5400 RPM and 110 NM of torque at 3750 RPM and has been rated by ARAI to deliver 16.4 kmpl. The 1.6 liter petrol engine is a an excellent performer with 105 BHP at 5550 RPM and 153 NM of torque at 3800 RPM and has been rated by ARAI to deliver 14.83 kmpl. The diesel engine variant of Skoda Fabia is a 1.2 liter 3 cylinder engine which produced 75 BHP at 4200 RPM and 180 NM of torque at 2000 RPM and delivers a fuel efficiency of 20.9 kmpl.


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Fiat Punto is available in two petrol engine options. The first one is a 1.2 liter engine which produces 68 BHP at 6000 RPM and 96 NM of torque. ARAI has rated this to deliver a maximum fuel efficiency of 15.2 kmpl. The second petrol engine is a 1.4 liter which makes 89 BHP at 6000 RPM and 115 NM of torque at 4500 RPM. It is rated by ARAI to deliver max fuel efficiency of 14.6 kmpl. The diesel engine variant of Fiat Punto is a 1.3 liter diesel engine which makes 76 BHP at 4000 RPM and 197 NM of torque at 1750 RPM. It is rated to deliver 20.3 kmpl as per ARAI.


Engine overall – Skoda Fabia – 8/10
Engine overall –
Fiat Punto – 8/10


Suspension – Ride, comfort and handling:


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Skoda Fabia brings excellent ride quality with its excellent suspension setup and manages to cushion out all the bad road surfaces providing a very comfortable and plush ride. It has a slightly firm ride but takes care of all the undulations on the road. It has been given an excellent steering which is well weighted and gives excellent feedback to the driver. It has ABS + EBD to help slow you down from high speeds quickly and safely.


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Fiat Punto brings excellent handling package to the hatchback segment. It is a driver’s car with superb handling dynamics. It has excellent level of comfort yet remains a sporty drive as it remains very composed around curves and stable on the highways. It has a steering unit wh
ich gives excellent feedback ensuring you are in complete control at all times. It has ABS + EBD to enhance safety and improve control while braking down from higher speeds.


Suspension overall – Skoda Fabia – 8/10
Suspension
overall – Fiat Punto – 8.5/10


Value for money – sticker price, standard features:


Skoda Fabia is priced from (ex-showroom Delhi) 4.63 lakhs for Fabia 1.2 MPI Active Plus, 4.85 lakhs for Fabia 1.2 Ambiente Petrol, 5.85 lakhs for the Skoda Fabia 1.2 MPI Elegance and the 1.6 liter engine variant Skoda Fabia 1.6 MPI Elegance is priced at 6.17 lakhs and is only available in one trim level option. Skoda Fabia Diesel is priced from 6.45 lakhs for Skoda Fabia 1.2 TDI Ambition Plus, 7.25 lakhs for Skoda Fabia 1.2 Diesel Elegance and top diesel variant is priced at 8.10 lakhs for Skoda Fabia 1.2 Scout. The pricing is good given all the features and top notch build quality.


Fiat Punto has been priced from (ex-showroom Delhi) price of 4.90 lakhs for Fiat Punto 1.2 Petrol Active, 5.14 lakhs for Fiat Punto 1.2 Petrol Dynamic, Fiat Punto 1.4 Petrol Emotion is priced at 6.66 lakhs, Fiat Punto 1.3 Diesel Active is priced at 5.59 lakhs, Fiat Punto 1.3 Diesel Emotion is priced at 7.21 lakhs and Fiat Punto 1.3 Diesel Sport is priced at 7.36 lakhs. Punto could have been offered at a slightly lower price range it could have been sold with better interiors however it is still good value for money as a car overall.


Value for money overall – Skoda Fabia – 8/10
Value for money
overall – Fiat Punto – 7.5/10


Verdict:


Skoda Fabia is a fantastic car for the price and it could’ve done better in the Indian market. Skoda needs to improve its reach and after sales service back could be improved. Fiat Punto is a fantastic car for the price and comes with good features and wider service network compared to Skoda. However Fiat is pulling out of its JV with Tata and will sell its cars in India through its own dealer network very soon. This is something to look forward to.

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