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Skoda Fabia Review

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Skoda Fabia Review (2004)

The Skoda Fabia's 1.4 litre turbocharged diesel engine produces 75 bhp at 4,000 rpm, enabling the Fabia to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 14.2 seconds and continue to a top speed of 104 mph.

5 July 2004 Melanie Carter
How It Drove - Performance

The Skoda Fabia's 1.4 litre turbocharged diesel engine produces 75 bhp at 4,000 rpm, enabling the Fabia to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 14.2 seconds and continue to a top speed of 104 mph.

The 1.4 TDI engine benefits from Skoda's Pumpe Duse technology which combines great performance, superb fuel economy and low carbon emissions with a torque delivery of 195 Nm @ 2,200 rpm which betters the 2.0 litre petrol engine.

The Fabia was excellent to drive around town, the diesel engine delivered plenty of low-down torque which resulted in a spirited drive and it pulled well in all gears. The engine was a little noisy at idle, although this is a characteristic of most diesel powered vehicles - you either love them or hate them but once on the move this was barely noticeable. The fuel economy is excellent with the Fabia returning 49.6 mpg on an urban cycle which more than compensates for any unwanted engine noise at lower speeds.

On the motorway road noise became more intrusive and although the Fabia performed admirably it is not a motorway cruiser. On 'A' and 'B' roads the Fabia's brisk acceleration offered a thoroughly enjoyable but not enthusiastic drive. Power delivery is smooth and precise and is controlled by a 'drive by wire' electronic accelerator which also ensures optimum fuel efficiency. The Fabia's five-speed gearbox was developed using a precision double cable system which results in light and precise gear changes. The hydraulic clutch is well weighted and is self-adjusting requiring no maintenance.

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Skoda Fabia Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSkoda
  
Body Type5-Door Hatchback
ColourDiamond Silver Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph14.2 Seconds
Top Speed 104 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban49.6 mpg
Extra Urban68.9 mpg
Combined61.4 mpg
  
Insurance Group4
Euro NCAP Rating4
Warranty2-Year/Unlimited Mileage Factory Warranty
Plus Third Year Valid Until The Car Has Completed 60,000 Miles
10-Year Warranty Against Corrosion
3-Year Paint Warranty
3-Year Roadside Assistance Package
Price (when tested on the 05/07/04)£ 10,250

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