The Fabia was the model that started the resurgence of Skoda, along with a little help from the Octavia.
The Fabia was the model that started the resurgence of Skoda, along with a little help from the Octavia. First launched in 2000, the Fabia contributed to the company gaining the title, ‘Manufacturer of the Year 2000’, from Autocar, while claiming the What Car? ‘Best Supermini’ in the same year and the following two. The accolades didn’t stop there - a year later, the Fabia was the Scottish Group of Motoring Writers, ‘Diesel Car of the Year’ and the vRS version became Diesel Car magazine’s ‘Best Performance Diesel’, in 2004.
Over 1.6million Fabia's have been sold around the world and over 130,000 of those were in the UK, where a customer satisfaction survey revealed that 98 per cent of owners would buy their Skoda again. With that sort of background, the all-new Fabia has a lot to live up to. What is more, there’s a lot of competition in the Supermini market from the likes of the Renault Clio, Fiat Punto, Vauxhall Corsa and a good few other notables.
They are all of a similar size, give or take a few millimetres here and there, but we are told that the new Fabia has them beaten when it comes to interior space and luggage capacity - the latter by around 10-litres over the nearest rival (in terms of size), the Citroen C3.
The term, ‘Supermini’ has developed along with the cars. At one time they were quite small and petite but with every successive generation, the cars in this segment have grown. The Fabia is no different and this latest version has developed an imposing appearance bordering on chunky, especially at the front where the designers have to take account of pedestrian safety. Incidentally, in this respect the Fabia meets the criteria for the pedestrian impact regulations that come into effect in 2010. The new Fabia is 47mm taller and 22mm longer than its predecessor but is 4mm narrower, which is neither here nor there when it comes to interior space.
The front end has elements borrowed from the Roomster; such as the grille and headlights. The greater expanse of metal at the sides is alleviated by the use of black ‘A’- and B-pillars. This adds an air of sleekness by suggesting that the windows are a single, glazed piece, which is supposed to resemble an aircraft cockpit. There is also the option of a white roof to go with some of the thirteen colour options and this adds to the so-called ’floating-roof’, illusion.
Skoda Fabia Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Skoda Fabia 1.2 HTP Level 1|
|Body Type||5-Door Hatchback|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||16.5 Seconds|
|Top Speed||96 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||58.9 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4|
|Warranty||3-Year / 60,000 Mile Warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 11/11/07)||£7,990|