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Skoda Fabia

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  • Mileage
    City
    17.43kmpl
    Highway
    20.86kmpl
  • Performance
    Engine
    1199 cc
    Max Power
    75bhp@4200rpm
  • Capacity
    Seating
    -
    L: 
    -
    W: 
    -
  • Comfort
    A/C
    Yes
    Power Steering
    Yes
  • Safety
    Central Lock
    -
    Driver Airbag
    -

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.

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Fabia Color Options

  • Brilliant Silver

  • Magic Black

  • Flash Red

  • Cappuccino Beige

  • Candy White

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  • Looks
  • Engine
  • Interiors
  • Safety
  • Mileage

 

The Skoda Fabia was the car that initiated the premium hatchback category in the Indian market. When launched at the 2008 Auto Expo, it received a lot of criticism for its high sticker price.However, the upgraded version came as the 2nd innings that saw reduction of sticker price to the tune of Rs 67,000 and Rs 1.1 lakh for the petrol and diesel variants respectively - additional discounts continue from the dealer side, making the Fabia a very good value buy.
 
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 Fabia Scout is a more rugged looking Fabia!
 
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 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 decent performer. 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.
 
The Fabia turns out be very good as far as suspension goes. It can be driven over all kind of undulations at various speeds without throwing the passengers around. Ride with one person on board over sharp bumps is  slightly bad but drive the Fabia with 2 or more people at good speeds and it behaves like a big family sedan! The kind of stability that the Fabia provides due to its long wheelbase is remarkable as well. Further, the steering is super ligh for city driving and a boon for crawling traffic. 
 
The Skoda Fabia range now starts at Rs 4.43 lakh to  8.10 lakh for the top diesel and dealers do offer discounts and schemes on all trim levels, making the Fabia a hell of a buy in this segment. Both the 1.2 petrol and 1.2 diesel engines are available in three trim levels while the 1.6 is sold only in the top end version. The Fabia, as discussed offers a lot to a prospective owner in this segment - it looks great, has spacious and comfortable interiors while the engines perform well too. Most importantly, the Fabia gives you a big car feel and a sense of security which has always been the case with Skoda cars. 

 

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Interiors

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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!

What we like

Interiors are spacious and quality laden

What we don't like

Lacks features and equipment

Interiors Details

Boot Space

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.

Speedometer

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.

Gear Lever

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.

Cup Holders

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.

Glovebox

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.

Audio System

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.

Air Conditioner

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.

Arm Rests

Skoda Fabia is offered with arm rest on the door pads and offered with good ergonomic.

Air Vents

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

Seats

Skoda Fabia seats are height adjustable for the drivers seat and it is fairly supportive.

Leg Room

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.

Knee Room

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.

Shoulder Space

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.

Head Room

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.

Steering Wheel

Fabia has power assisted hydraulic rack and pinion steering wheel in the car which helps the Driver to easily handle the car.

Power Windows

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.

Keyless Entry

Central locking is available for all the variants of the Fabia which means Skoda has looked after the security part of the car also.

Driver Information Display

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.

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Exteriors

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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.
 

What we like

Now looks pleasing and like a more expensive car

What we don't like

Looks like old Fabia

Exteriors Details

Front Design

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

Rear Design

The roof tapers towards the back. The styling of the rear is quite conservative.

Side Profile

The Fabia looks simple yet classy from the side profile.

Ground Clearance

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.

Bumpers

All the variants of the Fabia gets a body coloured bumpers both in the front and rear of the car.

Head Lamps

All the variants of the Fabia gets clear lens projector headlamps.

Tail Lamps

The tail lamps are quite nicely visible in the car from long distances also.

Fog Lamps

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.

Tyres

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.

Alloy Wheels

15inch Alloy wheels are present in only the Elegance variant of the of the Fabia.

Outside Mirrors

Skoda Fabia has electronically adjustable mirrors in the car.

Colors

the colour option for the car are as follows candy white, cappuccino beige, deep pearl black, brilliant silver, and flash red.

Rear Wiper

Rear wiper is only present in the Elegance variant of the Fabia.

Roof Rails

None of the Fabia variant has a roof rail.

Sun Roof

None of the Skoda Fabia variants do have a sun roof.

Spoiler

The Fabia has a small spoiler attached at the back which gives the car a little sport look.

Side Steps

None of the Fabia variant has a side step attached with the car.

Spare Wheel

Fabia has a set of spare wheel in case of emergency.

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Engine

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.

What we like

Petrol 1.6 i great and diesel is also good

What we don't like

Petrol 1.2 lacks grunt

Engine & Performance Details

Acceleration

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.

Top Speed

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.

In Gear Acceleration

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.

Gearbox

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.

Power

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

Torque

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.

NVH Levels

The Fabia has been extremely well built and the noise level is very low outside as well as inside the cabin.

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Mileage

 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.

What we like

Diesel is efficient

What we don't like

Petrols lack efficiency

Mileage Details

City Fuel Economy

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.

Highway Fuel Economy

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.

Arai Rated Economy

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.

Tank Range

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.


Safety

 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.

 
What we like

Handling is good and so is the steering

What we don't like

But handling is not class best

Handling Braking & Safety Details

Handling

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.

Braking Performance

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.

Safety Features

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

ABS or the anti lock breaking system is only available in the Elegance variant of the Fabia.

Traction Control

There is no option of traction control in the across any variant of Skoda Fabia.

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Comfort

 

The Fabia turns out be very good as far as suspension goes. It can be driven over all kind of undulations at various speeds without throwing the passengers around. Ride with one person on board over sharp bumps is  slightly bad but drive the Fabia with 2 or more people at good speeds and it behaves like a big family sedan! The kind of stability that the Fabia provides due to its long wheelbase is remarkable as well. Further, the steering is super ligh for city driving and a boon for crawling traffic. 
 

 

What we like

Rides is excellent with two or more passengers

What we don't like

With one passenger, sharp bumps are felt

Comfort & Suspension Details

Comfort

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.

Front Suspension

a very sophisticated front MacPherson strut suspension is added to the Fabia.

Rear Suspension

The rear has a compound link crank axle which helps the car to take on any road condition with ease.


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Skoda Fabia too costly - but 2 Cars or Lancer or City instead

By RATAN SINGH Posted on 14 May 08, 01:33 PM

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.

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SAGA ON SELECTING THE RIGHT HATCHBACK

By ANIL Posted on 14 Jun 10, 04:59 PM

Pros Magical Looks, looks smaller than what it is. Large Torque Band from 1600~2800rpm is apt .

Cons Little Noisy TDI PD Engine but tolerable with cabin acoustics. Turbo Lag at startup.

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

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Skoda Petrol Good Family Car

By Omprakash Posted on 31 Oct 08, 05:40 AM

Pros Style,Skoda Status,Driveability,Spacious, Interiors

Cons nothing

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)

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High maintenance car - problems start after 25,000 KMs

By Vijay Sharma Posted on 26 Oct 10, 05:12 PM

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.

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Worst car one can have in INDIA

By Ananth Posted on 29 Jun 11, 11:13 PM

Pros Sturdy

Cons High wear and tear,very high maintains ce,badAc,

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.

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SKODA -FABULOUS

By Ananya Maitri Posted on 15 Jun 09, 09:56 AM

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.

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Skoda Fabia review

By Raj Kumar Posted on 13 Oct 10, 11:16 PM

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/

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Skoda Ambiente

By Himesh Posted on 28 Aug 08, 04:14 AM

Pros Great looks, spacious, loaded with features

Cons Price

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.

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Exceptional car

By Tyagi Sircar Posted on 30 Dec 08, 04:05 AM

Pros Great looks,Comfort,Space ,Pickup,safety,Interiors,Music system

Cons braking

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

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VERY LOW GROUND CLEARENCE

By RATAN SINGH Posted on 20 Sep 08, 08:44 AM

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

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