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.
Most of the owners of either of these cars will be spending a lot of time on the inside and this is where the Fabia has a clear edge over most of the other offerings at this price point. The first impression you get when you get into the car is that of space, space and more space! The fascia follows a two-tone color treatment that is pleasing to the eyes. The quality of plastics and other materials used in the car is good and ergonimics spot on. The four spoke steering looks nice and so does the speedometer console which also has the driver information display.
The Fabis still has a manually controlled air-con system unlike some of the other hatchbacks though the audio system has good sound quality.
The Fabia scores very high in the boot space department too and it further earns brownie point for a twin glove box set-up and lot of cubby holes. All models get height and length adjustable steering and the top end models further get features like ABS, airbags, parcel tray with two level adjustment etc. For long trips or weekend drives, the Fabia can easily take in five well built adults without a fuss!
Interiors are spacious and quality laden
Lacks features and equipment
Skoda fabia 1.6 petrol and 1.2TDI has about 315 litres of boot space with seats and 1180 litres of boot space with seats folded. Whereas Skoda Fabia 1.4 TDI has about 300 litres of boot space and 1163 litres of space with seats folded. We have to keep in mind that all of them are hatchbacks.
All the variants of the Skoda Fabia has an analogue speedometer along with a analogue odometer these variants includes the Fabia 1.2 HTP,1.6 Petrol, 1.2 TDI.
The gear lever is well within the reach of the driver and it is very small and handy in all the variants of the Skoda Fabia.
All the variants of the Skoda has cup holders in the front as well as at the back end of the passengers these variants include the Fabia 1.2HTP, Fabia 1.6p, Fabia 1.2TDI and the Fabia 1.4TDI. Skoda has not compromised with the passengers comfort and needs anywhere in the car. Fabia also gets a bottle holder and storage compartments in the front door section of the car.
All the variants except the Skoda Active has illuminated Glove box in the front end of the car the other two variants Skoda Fabia Ambience and the Skoda Fabia Elegance gets the Glovebox. The glovebox itself is very spacious and the illumination is an cherry on the cake.
Skoda Fabia gets an auxiliary audio input from media players and it also has 4speakers.Fabia also gets SKODA beat audio player ,2DIN But Skoda beat audio player is only available only in the Fabia elegance variant which is the top variant of the slot. The sound quality is pretty descent with the 4 built in speakers.
All the variants of the Fabia gets the manually regulated air conditioning system in the car itself with rear air conditioning vents under the front passenger seats. The cooling in the car is very efficient and powerful.
Skoda Fabia is offered with arm rest on the door pads and offered with good ergonomic.
There are Air vents at the bottom of the seat of the front passengers and that too of the rear end passengers. The air vents are available in all the variants of the Skoda Fabia which includes the 1.2HTP, 1.6P, 1.2TDI, 1.4TDI
Skoda Fabia seats are height adjustable for the drivers seat and it is fairly supportive.
The leg room in the Skoda Fabia 1.2 HTP, Fabia 1.6P and 1.2TDI has 1190/970 of leg room space, whereas Fabia 1.4TDi has 1190/970mm of leg room space in the car so the passenger has much space to seat comfortably.
Fabia 1.4TDI has 810/605mm of knee room space available within the car, Fabia 1.6p has about 810/605mm of knee room space Fabia 1.2TDI has about 810/635mm of knee room space available in the car which is also quite descent in comparison to the size of the car. Fabia 1.2HTP has about of space in the car.
Skoda Fabia 1.4TDI gets a 1200mm of shoulder space in the car, Fabia 1.6P as well as 1.2 TDI gets 1200 mm of space in the car. Skoda Fabia 1.2HTP gets same 1200mm of space in the car.
Both Fabia 1.6 P and 1.2TDI gets about 950/955mm of head room space in the car, Skoda Fabia 1.4TDI has same 950/955mm of head room space in the car it can be small problem for the 6footer. Fabia 1.2HTP also gets 950/955mm of space in the car.
Fabia has power assisted hydraulic rack and pinion steering wheel in the car which helps the Driver to easily handle the car.
The front power windows are present only in the Ambition and Elegant variants of the car whereas the Rear power windows are present only in the Elegance Variant of the Fabia though an option of optional package is available for the Lower variants of the car for power windows.
Central locking is available for all the variants of the Fabia which means Skoda has looked after the security part of the car also.
The driver information Display is a multifunctional one with the regular warning lamps but this feature is only present in the Elegance variant of the car.
Skoda has made full use of the small car norms laid out by the government wherein if a car is equal to or less than 4 metres in lenght, then it qualifies for tax liberties. The Fabia is exactly 4000mm long and with a width of 1642mm, it does look big by hatchback standards. The upgrade that the car got has made it look even better from the outside. Ofcourse the Fabia continues to carry a very European look and the recent changes, though minor, have only helped it improve on the aesthetic front. The design theme on this mini has been always been about robust and dynamic looks and now, the well defined creases along the bumper with wide air-dam and bigger fog lamps add to the sporty touch. The new elongated headlamps define the width of the car pretty well and look modern. As mentioned, the changes are far and few and the whole idea of preserving the Skoda DNA works. The top of the line variant runs on chunky 14-inch alloy wheels though in our opinion, this car begs to be driven on 15-inch ones to fill the huge gap between the tyres and the arches.
Now looks pleasing and like a more expensive car
Looks like old Fabia
This may be a large hatchback, but there is a cheeky cuteness about the design of the Fabia. Its tight-fitting roof, friendly smile and large headlamps are cleverly designed and make the car look far more compact and agile than it is. The large, attractive- looking headlamps are mounted high, straddling the bumpers and bonnet, and Skoda’s chrome bar above the grille works fabulously. Look closer and we can see that the chrome reflects the car’s unimpeachable quality and projector headlamps tells
The roof tapers towards the back. The styling of the rear is quite conservative.
The Fabia looks simple yet classy from the side profile.
Ground clearance is up to 146mm.Skoda has raised the suspension and retuned the springs and dampers in what it refers to as its ‘rough road’ package.
All the variants of the Fabia gets a body coloured bumpers both in the front and rear of the car.
All the variants of the Fabia gets clear lens projector headlamps.
The tail lamps are quite nicely visible in the car from long distances also.
an option for front Fog lamps are only present in the Elegance variant of the car but the back fog lamp is present in all the variants of the Skoda Fabia.
Fabia has 175/70 mm tyres for both variants which includes the active and ambition and Elegance variant gets a special 186/60mm of rubber.
15inch Alloy wheels are present in only the Elegance variant of the of the Fabia.
Skoda Fabia has electronically adjustable mirrors in the car.
the colour option for the car are as follows candy white, cappuccino beige, deep pearl black, brilliant silver, and flash red.
Rear wiper is only present in the Elegance variant of the Fabia.
None of the Fabia variant has a roof rail.
None of the Skoda Fabia variants do have a sun roof.
The Fabia has a small spoiler attached at the back which gives the car a little sport look.
None of the Fabia variant has a side step attached with the car.
Fabia has a set of spare wheel in case of emergency.
The Fabia now comes powered by the same engines seen on the Polo – two petrols and one diesel. The 1.2-litre diesel, to start with, surprisingly feels better than what it did in the Polo. The gear ratios are similar to the Polo’s and the turbo lag is present but the car feels a tad better to respond in city traffic. Skoda has worked hard on improving the NVH levels and it shows. Diesel clatter is well controlled and vibrations don’t creep into the cabin easily. The engine is quite frugal and don’t be surprised to see the car go over 16km to a litre in city traffic easily. The 1.2-litre petrol is a gem of an engine as well. You can hardly make out if the engine is running and only when you push it hard does it make its three cylinder characteristics audible. We were mighty impressed with its performance (low and mid range torque) in city traffic. It can also putter along in top gear at 40km/h and yet gain speeds with a protest and pedal to metal, dismisses the 100km/h mark from a standstill in around 14 seconds. For the enthusiast, the 105Bhp 1.6-litre engine seems to be the best choice. It is remarkably responsive without burning a hole in the pocket though still cannot match up to the old hot hatch, the Palio 1.6!
Another plus point in the Fabia is its light gearbox shift action as well as the steering wheel.
Petrol 1.6 i great and diesel is also good
Petrol 1.2 lacks grunt
Fabia 1.2HTP reaches 0-60 in 8.76 seconds and 0-100 in 19.10seconds. Skoda Fabia 1.2P reaches 0-60 in 5.15sec and 0-100 m dash in 12.10sec.1.2TDI reaches 0-60 in 7.17sec and 0-100 in 17.18sec, Fabia 1.4TDI reaches 0-60 in 6.26sec and 0-100 in 15.42 sec respectively.
Skoda Fabia 1.2HTP when revved up hard clocked a top speed of 160kmph whereas the speedo displayed 169kmph, Skoda Fabia 1.6P and 1.2TDI showed 163 Kmph whereas the speedo displayed 175kmph. Skoda Fabia 1.4TDI reached 162.3 Kmph but the speedometer showed 173kmph.
Skoda Fabia 1.2 HTP can reach 40-60 in 5.5 sec in third gear and the Fabia 1.2 TDI can do the same in 3.22 sec in the third gear and the Fabia 1.6 petrol should top you in just 4.47 sec.
The slick, light gearbox is another matter entirely. Totally brilliant and even at times addictive to use, this gearbox and linkage is the one you want to put in a box and carry with you from car to car. Very positive and light, it slots in without fuss or much effort. The gearbox is 5speed manual transmission.
Skoda Fabia 1.2HTP gets a 3cylinder transversal petrol engine and has a capacity of about 1198cc which gives an output of about 71ps ps power at about 3000rpm. Fabia 1.2TDI and 1.6P gets a 4cylinder diesel and petrol engine and has a capacity of about 1199 cc and 1598 cc for the petrol variant and churns out an output of about 105ps of power at 5250rpm and the diesel variant gets 75ps of power@4200rpm..Fabia 1.4TDI has a 3cylinder transverse engine and has a capacity of 1422cc and gives an outpu
Fabia 1.2HTP produces 108nm of torque at about 3000rpm Fabia1.6P produces 153nm@ 3800rpm and Fabia1.2TDI produces 180nm @ 2000rpm. Fabia 1.4TDI 155nm of torque at 1600-2800rpm.
The Fabia has been extremely well built and the noise level is very low outside as well as inside the cabin.
The Fabia is available in three engines, the petrol 1.2 delivers 16.4, the 1.6 petrol delivers 10-12 kmpl. The deisel is exepctedly the most efficient of the Fabia variant line-up and gives 18--20 kmpl depending on driving and traffic. The petrol 1.6 clearly is for the enthusiatst who will spend on fuel as it seems.
Diesel is efficient
Petrols lack efficiency
Skoda Fabia 1.2HTP returns a mileage of about 15kmpl in the city whereas Skoda Fabia 1.6p returns a mileage of about 13kmpl in the city, Skoda 1.2TDI returns a mileage of about 17.5kmpl in the city which is quite impressive for a car of this size, whereas Skoda Fabia 1.4TDI returns a mileage of about 15.5kmpl in the city.
Skoda Fabia 1.2HTP returns a mileage of about 19kmpl in the Highways, Skoda Fabia 1.6 returns a mileage of about 17kmpl and Skoda Fabia 1.2TDi returns about 24.5kmpl on the Highways, Last but not the least Skoda Fabia 1.4TDI returns a mileage of about 22 kmpl on the Highways.
Skoda Fabia 1.2 TDI has returned 20.86 kmpl, Skoda Fabia 1.6P has returned 14.83 kmpl, Skoda Fabia 1.2 CDI returned 21 kmpl, Skoda Fabia 1.4 TDI returned a mileage of about 16.25 kmpl.
Skoda Fabia 1.2 HTP should be able to reach around 700 kms, Fabia 1.6 should comfortabl do 600+ kms and the 1.2 TDI can offer you 850 kms.
Of late, a lot of experts have started concentrating on the handling part of a car. In my opinion, the Fabia will seldom be driven the way we auto journalists do. Instead, a typical family man will use this car to work and probably take his family out in the evenings. You can’t and shouldn’t expect owners to go rubber burning with these vehicles, taking curves or corners at crazy speeds. Hence, for us, the handling abilities don’t really make sense here. But that said the handling abilities are decent plus it has safety features like ABS.
Handling is good and so is the steering
But handling is not class best
The tall springs, wide rubber and perfect damping results in the most pliant ride ever witnessed on a hatchback. Very few shocks filter in from the road and all but the largest bumps are dealt with noiselessly. Up the speed and all that absorbent compliance miraculously does little to mess up the fine sense of balance this car possesses. The car still rides flat at high speeds, only pitching a tad over long horizontal bumps. And straight-line stability is rock-solid too.
The braking performance of the Fabia is Good All the variants of the Fabia gets Ventilated Discs in the front and drum brakes at the back.
Fabia has ABS, anti glare view mirror, duel rate brake assist, driver front airbag front passenger air bag, height adjustable front seat belts, Side door protective strip and along with many other sophisticated features which adds safety of the passengers.
ABS or the anti lock breaking system is only available in the Elegance variant of the Fabia.
There is no option of traction control in the across any variant of Skoda Fabia.
Rides is excellent with two or more passengers
With one passenger, sharp bumps are felt
There is plenty of room for tall drivers, with lots of seat travel. Seat height is adjustable and you can adjust the steering wheel for reach and height as well. This makes a big difference to comfort behind the wheel and you can drive for hours without feeling any sense of fatigue.
a very sophisticated front MacPherson strut suspension is added to the Fabia.
The rear has a compound link crank axle which helps the car to take on any road condition with ease.
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Pros Qualtiy & Quantity
Cons Too costly. Instead get 2 small cars.
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.
63 of 72 users found this review helpful.
Pros Style,Skoda Status,Driveability,Spacious, Interiors
i bought this petrol car 3 months back, initially bit worried about the patch applied for mileage and hard clutch plates. Now happy with performance ,mileage , style and driveabilith of this car. A sueprior Hatch on road. Not like swift which are like autos on the road.You are distinct inside a skoda. Dont compromise on your comfort and style for the sake of easy maintenance and service availability (to maruti, Hyundai makers)
9 of 13 users found this review helpful.
Pros Good driving comfort & space
Cons High maintenance costs, AC, Transmission system
I bought the car at 6L which was about 25-30% more than equivalent Maruti model. I had driven about 45,000KMs before exchanging it for a Maruti model. Never buy this car unless you have DEEP POCKETS and are willing to go all out for the driving comfort. Though initially it looked fine, after driving about 25,000 KMs, I started facing serious issues. Vehicle stopped all of a sudden and the Bangalore dealer took 10 days to repair the car and charged me 9K. I still dont know what the problem was as everyone at workshop gave me their own version. 40,000KM service cost me 15K plus an additional estimate of another 15K for some transmission issues. Overall it was such a bad experience that I decided never to try another European car. Neither the company nor the dealer takes pride in the car. They just pass the buck around when you ask tough questions. Be prepared to spend 1Re/KM initially and it can go as high as 1.5-2Re/KM after you cross 30,000KMs. My suggestion is avoid this car.
4 of 4 users found this review helpful.
Pros sexy loook
Cons leg room is poor for tall people like me
i purchased laura L&K 5 months back and its superb and and its features are very similar to Merc C class
6 of 14 users found this review helpful.
Pros Best Driver's Car, Transmission is best in its class, Spacious, Boot Space, Sturdy, Best Interiors
Cons Mileage, Noise from Engine, Expensive Spares.
I bought SKODA - FABIA, 1.2 MPI Ambiente from GIRIRAJ MOTORS, GURGAON on 25th Feb. 2009. Have driven the car around for 11,000 Kms..... and must say in one word: EXCELLENT. More often than not, I want my driver to take a leave. Its such a pleasure to drive this CZECH Beauty. Shifting gears is amazingly smooth. And on Highways, there have not been any Small Car or even a Sedan that can beat it on speed or acceleration. Braking is responsive. Safety Features like : ABS and Dual Air Bags are added reason to take your family on a long journey without any worries. Also, Seats are very comfy and Rear Legroom is miles ahead of any car in its class. You begin to appreciate small touches like the Doors that close with a thud. And the spaces to keep your Water Bottles, Papers etc. Also not to be missed is the EXCELLENT MUSIC SYSTEM with AUX-IN for playing from your Ipods/ MP3 players. I would love to add a pair of speakers on Rear Doors as well. The only NEGATIVE: Mileage has been around 11 KMS in CITY DRIVING with AC around DELHI/NCR. But its a small price to pay for SAFETY & LUXURY. If you really wanna know what a SMALL CAR OUGHT TO BE........ BUY IT.
12 of 14 users found this review helpful.
Pros looks, quality, space
Cons less features
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/
5 of 5 users found this review helpful.
Pros Great looks, spacious, loaded with features
Overall this car is worth bying it. Only problem is with the pricing which is on a higher side as comparing to other manufacturers in the same segment. In this competing world one has to be reasonable before putting any price tag.
1 of 5 users found this review helpful.
Pros Great looks,Comfort,Space ,Pickup,safety,Interiors,Music system
I bought this car on 8th dec 2008.it has done 700 km at fuel efficiency of 12.5 which is quiet good .It is a marvellous car with all features of big car and a lot of cabin space too. it is 1 foot longer than swift and gives u feel of exclusivity as compared to swift which is quiet common. It is totally loaded with comfort and safety features.The company fitted music player and speakers wth woofers are amazing.The quality of interiors is also excellent and its a true Skoda in the dept of build quality and driving comfort. The price u r paying for Ambiente 1.2 htp is 60,000 more than swift zxi but the features u r getting are worth the extra money. GO for a Skoda Fabian u will not regret it
13 of 21 users found this review helpful.
Pros this car has been designed the best small car. hAS A GOOD MILAGE
Cons INTERIOR IS GOOD & THE COMFORTABLE IS NOT SO GOOD BUT U CAN SAY AS COMPARE TO SMALL CAR GOOD
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
12 of 13 users found this review helpful.
Pros Low Mantainance, value for money
Cons Little costly than others
I have purchased Fabia 1.2 MPI AMbiente. It is a good decision to buy Fabia. The problem which normally called they are not in this new Fabia. That was with the old version. New Fabia has a good comfort and a very good pickup at 60-80 speed. Its features are amazing and also the safety point of view. IF you want all these features in other car so you have to pay 1 lac extra. You can say this is Value for Money.
1 of 1 users found this review helpful.