Skoda Fabia (2015) review – we push an early prototype



A turbocharged motor, broader track entrance and rear, a kerbweight commencing beneath a tonne and style specifically aimed at attracting a more youthful group it seems special, but it really is actually the new 2015 Skoda Fabia.

New Skoda Fabia: what’s new?

The latest Fabia is crucial for the Czech maker, the agency trotting out more than 3.5 million illustrations of the very first and next technology superminis to date. Sellers will have their perform minimize out matching individuals numbers even though – the Fabia is no more time the entry-degree design, undercut in dimension and cost by the back-to-essentials Citigo.

This new positioning has allowed the Fabia to increase up, so Skoda head of design and style Josef Kaban has provided it a a lot more distinct search. Of training course it’s even now a Skoda and, as he was eager to position out, Skoda consumers never want to be the centre of interest 24/seven, they just like to stand out from time to time .

So sharper strains and creases adorn the 90mm broader bodywork, while the grille and headlight graphic are recognisable, even though not identikit copies, from the Octavia. Seventeen-inch wheels are available, the axles are 30mm wider than just before, and alongside with a 31mm decrease roofline the overhangs have been lowered and the wheelbase lengthened.

The new Fabia has lastly eschewed the dowdiness of its slender and tall-hipped predecessor for anything altogether far more convincing in the hotly fought stylish supermini section. Especially with contrasting wheels, roof panel and mirror caps.

Appears like a lot of adjust?

Yes and no the newest Fabia uses the MQB technology initial observed in the VW Golfing, Audi A3, Seat Leon and Skoda Octavia. A two-hour workshop frequently told us MQB just isn’t just a scaleable system however, making it possible for regular dimension adjustments with ease, but a total umbrella of kit underpinning the entire vehicle.

Skoda engineers cherry-choose the greatest bits from a giant ‘VW group shop’, choosing the best-suited infotainment, basic safety systems, instruments, engines, steering and chassis programs for the Fabia. A little bit like a teutonic kit-vehicle, but built with a Czech accent.

That implies it really is loaded with the very same regular or optional safety and comfort package found in the Octavia – such as an vehicle-brake operate for potential impacts, a warning for when the driver is feeling drowsy, keyless entry, auto lights and wipers, hill hold handle furthermore front and rear parking sensors.

What’s below the bonnet of the new 2015 Skoda Fabia?

A few- and 4-cylinder diesel and petrol engines, with electrical power ranging from 59bhp to 108bhp, are accessible. In the United kingdom considerably less than 10% will opt for the diesel however, the lion’s share of sales taken by the one.two-litre four and one.-litre 3-cylinder petrols.

The latter is so thrummy it’s like a negative cliché, and if you regularly travel more than a single-up, we’d urge you to think twice – it really is gradual ample to warrant a gentleman going for walks out front with a red flag.

In distinction, the 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged unit is refined, totally free-revving and usefully punchy. Blended with a supple trip, flat cornering and immediate, if light-weight, steering it helps make the Skoda an enjoyable – however not scintillating – steer.

Anything at all else?

If you are an Apple admirer who regularly will get dropped, then for now, this isn’t the car for you there’s no on-board navigation obtainable in any respect, and Mirrorlink technology (displaying your phone’s display screen on the car’s infotainment exhibit, and therefore maps) isn’t really supported by Apple. The engineering giant’s CarPlay is on the way, but not ’til mid 2015.

Verdict

Extremely significantly an early flavor, our short stint powering the wheel of the new Skoda Fabia in prototype guise shows it has actual guarantee. A Fiesta’s much more entertaining, but this is sharper-seeking than a Polo, more roomy than a Clio and greater created than a 108. As prolonged as the pricing’s appropriate, the Czech maker’s about to have another strike on its palms.