Skoda Fabia test: 1.0 TSI 95 CV manual and 110 CV DSG

Skoda Fabia

The first generation of the Skoda Fabia came into the world in the year 1999 as veteran surrogate Felicia. Its image as a reliable vehicle, thanks to the fact that its development was carried out under the umbrella of the Volkswagen Group, soon helped to increase the sales of the brand significantly. In addition, his range was made up of three body types: a sedan with 4 doors, one hatchback of 5 entrances and a family called "Bus".

The second iteration of Skoda Fabia It would come to the world in 2007 to improve those aspects where the previous one faltered. Regarding this, he left aside the 4-access bodywork, received a sports variant RS and another jacket called Scout. All in all, the third installment (you can read the test here) would make its appearance in 2014 and, to keep it up to date, it has received a subtle restyling that improves its aesthetics, technology and mechanical range.

Skoda Fabia, subtle aesthetic changes that improve its image

Skoda Fabia

La aesthetic review that the third generation of the Skoda Fabia It has been a step forward that, although it can be described as timid, does not make the whole worse. Version 3.1, which is what we could call it, incorporates an updated front panel in which we find a grill, bumper and optical groups renewed format. These subtle changes are joined by alloy wheels up to 18 inches (only in the hatchback).

One of the novelties of Skoda Fabia 3.1 is the finish color concept which allows the customer to customize the A-pillar roof, exterior mirrors and alloy wheels with black, white or raised contrast colours. Finally, we must highlight the inclusion, for the first time in its history, of the LED technology for its optical groups (optional), which joins the standard arrival of LED daytime running lights.

The Combi body could not be missing in the Skoda Fabia 3.1

Skoda Fabia

How could it be otherwise, the estate body «Combi» of the renewed Skoda Fabia could not be left behind in this half-life restyling. To improve its aesthetics, it receives each and every one of the changes that the five-door body receives, with the exception of the 18-inch alloy wheels. Also, the versions Monte Carlo y Scout They allow to offer a sporty aesthetic, or SUV, combined with a large dose of versatility.

The habitability of Skoda FabiaThanks to its generous exterior dimensions as well as its wheelbase, it is one of the best in the urban segment. The first and second row seats have the same legroom in both bodies. The width, at the height of the elbows and shoulders, without being the smallest in the segment, it only allows two adult occupants to fit in the second row.

Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo, elegant sportiness

Skoda Fabia

The finish with sports tints Monte Carlo (present in the hatchback and family car body «Combi») was not going to be absent in the restyling of the Skoda Fabia. It has an exclusive grille that, together with the black roof, the front splitter, the mirrors and the alloy wheels make up a sportier front. In the "B" pillars and door sills has been placed the plate "Monte-Carlo" to highlight its character and origin: the victories in the Monte Carlo Rally of the Czech firm.

One element that is common to all three featured versions is the interior. The quality of the group is located in the middle of the segment, surpassing rivals such as the Citroën C3, Renault Clio or Opel Corsa. Depending on the chosen finish (Active, Ambition, Business, Like, Color Concept, Monte Carlo and Style) it has different upholsteries, appliqués and moldings, as well as a instruments panel redesigned or the addition of sports seats.

Dynamic behavior and tuning of the Skoda Fabia 3.1

Skoda Fabia

The units that we had the opportunity to try on the broken roads of Prague there were two and both with bodywork station wagon "combi". The first, equipped with the mechanics 1.0 TSI 95 hp and a 5-speed manual gearbox, shows remarkable solvency for a vehicle that, although light, can accommodate from 530 to 1.395 liters of luggage inside. This version shows a greater life in the lower area of ​​the lap counter, allowing to circulate in high gears at low speed.

The second tested version corresponded to the mechanical petrol 1.0 TSI 110 hp equipped with automatic gearbox double clutch «DSG» with 7 relations. This version, unlike the previous one, seemed to be "lack of life" in the lower area, also giving the feeling that the electronic management of its gearbox was more focused on the comfort than to the reactivity to which other VAG models have accustomed us.

The main element in common between both versions is the relationship between suspension adjustment, stability and responsiveness. As we have previously mentioned, the roads on which we circulated were in poor condition, allowing the Skoda Fabia to show its best face in such circumstances. Who wants a tough model, who does not flinch when taking a closed curve you have to look at another, although it is fair to recognize that the Czech urban performs its role without blemish.

The Skoda Fabia 3.1 improves safety and connectivity

Skoda Fabia

One of the main points in which the Skoda Fabia had lagged behind was in the active driving aids. Now, after the restyling suffered, you can optionally include elements such as: rear view camera, object detector in the blind spot, adaptive cruise control, “low” rear traffic alert and automatic light assistant. In addition, LED technology reaches its range as an option for both the front and rear light clusters.

La connectivity is another element that has been reviewed with a magnifying glass in the Fabia 3.1. To do this, the customer can choose between four audio and infotainment systems called: Blues, Swing, Swing Plus y Amundsen. With the exception of the basic one, the others are operated through a 6,5-inch touch screen that allows smartphones to be connected through the Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink and SmartGate protocols. To all this we must add the possibility of having connectivity services SkodaConnect and SmartLink+ technology.

Goodbye to diesel, for now, in the mechanical range of the Skoda Fabia

Skoda Fabia

At the time of the commercial launch of the restyling of the Skoda Fabia la mechanical range It will be composed of a single gasoline cycle engine (for now the arrival of versions is not contemplated diesel). We are talking about the three-cylinder block 1.0 liter TSI that delivers its power in two steps: 95 and 110 CV. Both versions have a turbocharger and particulate filter to save fuel and minimize the impact of their emissions into the atmosphere.

A gasoline mechanic will arrive later MPI which, too, will revolve around a block 1.0 liters. In this case, the power will be 60 CV for the access version to the Fabia range and 75 CV as an ideal option to get around in the city traffic. The gearboxes available in the range will be of two types: on the one hand there is a cut manual with 5 or 6 relationships that may be of the type Automatic by double clutch "DSG" with 7 inserts (only available in the most powerful mechanics).

Conclusion to the Skoda Fabia test

Skoda Fabia

Since the first generation of Skoda Fabia arrived on the market in 1999, it has become one of the most coveted models in the urban segment. Reliability, solidity, quality and a good price-equipment ratio They have made it earn the fame it boasts today. The restyling of this third generation will start its commercialization shortly and it does so at a price that, without promotions or discounts, starts in the 14.950 Euros. A very attractive option to consider, and if not, look at the list of equipment, bodies and prices.

Bodywork Finished Motor Gearbox Price
Bodywork Finished Motor Gearbox Price
Hatchback 5 doors Active 1.0 MPI 75 hp Manual 14.950 €
Hatchback 5 doors Active 1.0 TSI 95 HP Manual 15.630 €
Hatchback 5 doors Ambition 1.0 MPI 75 hp Manual 15.250 €
Hatchback 5 doors Ambition 1.0 TSI 95 HP Manual 15.930 €
Hatchback 5 doors Ambition 1.0 TSI 110 HP Manual 16.550 €
Hatchback 5 doors Ambition 1.0 TSI 110 HP Automatic DSG 17.850 €
Hatchback 5 doors Business 1.0 MPI 75 hp Manual 14.950 €
Hatchback 5 doors Like 1.0 MPI 75 hp Manual 15.250 €
Hatchback 5 doors Like 1.0 TSI 95 HP Manual 15.930 €
Hatchback 5 doors Like 1.0 TSI 110 HP Manual 16.550 €
Hatchback 5 doors Like 1.0 TSI 110 HP Automatic DSG 17.850 €
Hatchback 5 doors color concept 1.0 MPI 75 hp Manual 15.850 €
Hatchback 5 doors color concept 1.0 TSI 95 HP Manual 16.530 €
Hatchback 5 doors color concept 1.0 TSI 110 HP Manual 17.150 €
Hatchback 5 doors color concept 1.0 TSI 110 HP Automatic DSG 18.450 €
Hatchback 5 doors Monte Carlo 1.0 TSI 95 HP Manual 18.220 €
Hatchback 5 doors Monte Carlo 1.0 TSI 110 HP Manual 18.840 €
Hatchback 5 doors Monte Carlo 1.0 TSI 110 HP Automatic DSG 20.140 €
Hatchback 5 doors Style 1.0 TSI 95 HP Manual 17.370 €
Hatchback 5 doors Style 1.0 TSI 110 HP Manual 17.990 €
Hatchback 5 doors Style 1.0 TSI 110 HP Automatic DSG 19.290 €
Family Combi Active 1.0 MPI 75 hp Manual 15.700 €
Family Combi Active 1.0 TSI 95 HP Manual 16.380 €
Family Combi Ambition 1.0 MPI 75 hp Manual 16.000 €
Family Combi Ambition 1.0 TSI 95 HP Manual 16.680 €
Family Combi Ambition 1.0 TSI 110 HP Manual 17.310 €
Family Combi Ambition 1.0 TSI 110 HP Automatic DSG 18.610 €
Family Combi Business 1.0 MPI 75 hp Manual 15.700 €
Family Combi Like 1.0 MPI 75 hp Manual 16.000 €
Family Combi Like 1.0 TSI 95 HP Manual 17.310 €
Family Combi Like 1.0 TSI 110 HP Manual 17.310 €
Family Combi Like 1.0 TSI 110 HP Automatic DSG 18.610 €
Family Combi Monte Carlo 1.0 TSI 95 HP Manual 18.850 €
Family Combi Monte Carlo 1.0 TSI 110 HP Manual 19.470 €
Family Combi Monte Carlo 1.0 TSI 110 HP Automatic DSG 20.770 €
Family Combi Style 1.0 TSI 95 HP Manual 18.030 €
Family Combi Style 1.0 TSI 110 HP Manual 18.660 €
Family Combi Style 1.0 TSI 110 HP Automatic DSG 19.960 €
Family Combi Scout Color Concept 1.0 TSI 95 HP Manual 19.530 €
Family Combi Scout Color Concept 1.0 TSI 110 HP Manual 20.160 €
Family Combi Scout Color Concept 1.0 TSI 110 HP Automatic DSG 21.460 €

A las advertised rates you have to subtract the promotions and discounts monthly than Skoda please apply to the Fabia range throughout its marketing.

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