The Skoda Fabia GreenLine has its own specially mapped, 5-speed, manual gearbox.
The Skoda Fabia GreenLine has its own specially mapped, 5-speed, manual gearbox. It has a good feel to it, which is just as well because in slow speed conditions, it gets used quite a lot. Spirited driving calls for the same frequent, gear-shifting, in order to keep within the lower end of the torque band. The engine has been ‘leaned’ so much that if you so much as dab the brakes while crawling along in second gear, it feels as if it is going to stall. The result is a tendency to ‘ride’ the clutch and that can be expensive. A little confidence and time to get used to it, is all that is needed and the benefits are felt in the pocket.
As the name suggests, this car is all about being clean and green and just like the Volkswagen BlueMotion vehicles, the Skoda Fabia delivers. There aren’t many, if any, estate cars that can boast 53.3mpg for the urban cycle or an amazing, 83.1mpg for the extra-urban and a combined figure of 68.9mpg. My own humble version of the combined cycle returned 59.6mpg and I really wasn’t trying, which makes it all the more impressive.
A Diesel Particulate Filter is thrown in for good measure, which helps with the noxious niffs and the CO2 emissions are just 109g/km; that is VED Band B and £35 per year. It also puts it below the new Congestion Charge threshold due to come into force in October (2008) when it will be subject to 100 per cent refund.
This eco version of the Skoda Fabia is slightly different to the other cars in the range; the Fabia 1, 2, Sport and 3. Both hatch and estate Fabias have had modifications such as the raising of the front bumper by 35mm, the suspension has been lowered by 15mm and there are additional panels under the chassis for improved aerodynamics.
Good ride quality has always been a strong feature of the Fabia and the new one continues this trend. However, the changes to the suspension and the chassis revisions have served to enhance the agility and dynamics. The addition of ESP+ASR helps but this is a £354, optional extra.
The steering is of the electro-hydraulic variety, which is more fuel efficient than the standard hydraulic systems. It has a positive feel making it easy to take advantage of the tight turning circle, which makes parking a doddle.
Skoda Fabia Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Skoda Fabia GreenLine Estate|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||13.2 mph|
|Top Speed||105 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||83.1 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-Year / 60,000 Mile Warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 18/09/08)||£12,145|