Skoda Fabia, proof – studied from the top of the class

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Despite the fact that the market for small hatchbacks, or small cars as they used to say, is no longer so flourishing due to the unstoppable advance of SUVs, there are still some very interesting proposals and the Skoda Fabia is one of them. It is the fourth generation of a model which, after the Octavia, has helped to create and constantly improve the image and consideration of the Czech brand. Compared to the Fabia it replaces, this is a completely different car, which has made a big leap in quality. Under the bodywork is the A0 version of the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, already used for the most recent versions of the Polo and Seat Ibiza. Compared to these two, the Skoda has no awe, quite the contrary. The larger dimensions and a very successful design could also make it more attractive. In any case, beyond the subjective aesthetic tastes, this Fabia is 4.11 meters long, or only 17 cm less than the Golf, which equals the capacity of the luggage compartment: 380 liters.

In other words, the new Fabia can easily be a first car, as long as you choose the right engine. Compared to the past, in fact, the range is all based on the 1.0 3-cylinder petrol, available in different aspirated or turbo configurations. In the first case, it ranges from 65 HP for the version for newly licensed drivers to 80 HP for the protagonist of our test; in the second it goes up to 95 or 110 and with the more powerful variant you can also have the DSG gearbox. The most balanced declination is undoubtedly the quietest turbocharger, above all thanks to the 175 Nm of torque, but for a predominantly urban use the 93 Nm of the aspirated is more than enough. In reality, this version of the three-cylinder 3 gets along very well even on the motorway, as long as you don’t expect lightning-fast pickups and are not fully loaded. Sixth gear would certainly help, but there isn’t even on the 95 HP, sacrificed on the altar of costs and industrial rationalization.

The 5-speed transmission is one of the two flaws of this car, together with some small lack of fluidity of the digital sector composed of the instrumentation and infotainment. Apart from this, the new Fabia borders on perfection and at times suggests that you are in a higher segment car. The soundproofing is very well taken care of, the ergonomics of the driver’s seat are also perfect for different builds, the space on board is a record for the category and the road behavior is without shadows, with a stability of ten in the report card. The steering is also convincing, albeit always very light, while the suspensions have a tuning that favors comfort, even if they are never yielding. Basically, the Fabia always drives with great pleasure, even in this version with limited engine performance, which however always consumes little and with the optional fuel tank, 50 instead of 40 liters, can travel up to 900 km with a full tank. .

Speaking of life on board, the symmetrical and horizontally developed dashboard is successful, with the central screen of the infotainment system that can reach 9.2 inches in the top version. It is always connected, has a wide range of online services and connects to smartphones with the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay protocols without the need for cables. There is no shortage of interesting options, which increase the overall figure of the car, such as the induction charging plate, the 10.25 “digital instrumentation and the audio system with amplifier and subwoofer. Even in terms of safety, the Fabia draws on the better than the German Group: there are up to 9 airbags and among the ADAS the Travel assistant (adaptive cruise control + lane keeping) and the Park Assistant stand out. Finally, there is no shortage of “simply clever” solutions typical of all Skodas, from fold-down front passenger backrest, equipped storage compartments or mini rubbish bins located in the door pockets.

Skoda Fabia, the card

What is that: the fourth generation of the small Bohemian, which shares the platform with the Polo and the Ibiza

Dimensions: length 4.11 meters, width 1.78 m, height 1.46 m, pitch 2.55 m

Trunk: 380 liters

Motor: 1 liter 3-cylinder naturally aspirated, 80 HP and 93 Nm

Exchange: 5-speed manual Drive: front

Benefits: quality, style, driving position, space on board

Defects: 5-speed gearbox, infotainment not very fluid

Production: Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Prices: The price list of the Skoda Fabia starts from 16,900 euros for the 1.0 65 bhp

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