All Fabias are front wheel drive. Across the Fabia range, the transversely placed engines feature maintenance-free hydraulic tappets. A multi-point fuel injection system, electronic ignition and the employment of “drive by wire” go further to decrease running costs. Drive-by-wire provides optimum efficiency, feeding the demand from the accelerator pedal instantly and electronically to the throttle valve and fuel injection system. This also negates the use of the injection pump on diesel engines.
Skoda offers the following choice of five petrol and four diesel engines:
The new Skoda 1.2 HTP (High Torque Performance) engine is an in-line, liquid-cooled, three-cylinder petrol engines with a four-point bearing crankshaft and one counter-drive balancing shaft. The cylinder block and the cylinder head are made of aluminium alloy. The engine has an overhead camshaft and, in different versions, has either two or four valves per cylinder.
The engine is equipped with a contactless, electronic ignition system that has three ignition coils assembled directly on the spark plugs. The ignition and injection are controlled by the new engine management system to provide as low fuel consumption as possible, attaining a higher level of torque at lower revs and a more fluid drive.
This entry-level 1.2 HTP petrol engine with 54bhp has two valves per cylinder and a chain-driven overhead camshaft and has been designed to avoid the replacement of any parts during its life. The catalytic converter positioned directly behind the manifold and so raises the operating temperature faster, thereby helping reduce exhaust pollution and fuel consumption.
Available only in the Fabia hatchback, the engine develops 54bhp @ 4,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 106 Nm @ 3,000 rpm. This Fabia has a top speed of 94 mph and a 0-62 mph time of 18.4 seconds. Most beneficial of all with this engine is the 47.1 miles per gallon it achieves on the combined cycle.
Available in hatch and estate models, 1.2 12v HTP petrol engine – 64 bhp engine has four valves per cylinder and twin overhead camshafts. With an increase in output to 64 bhp @ 5,400 comes a torque increase of 112 Nm @ 3,000 rpm, aiding overtaking power. With a maximum speed of 99 mph, 0-62 mph in 15.9 seconds, fuel economy is 47.1 mpg combined.
Another unit to make use of aluminium alloy, the 1.4 16v petrol engine operates a belt-driven double overhead camshaft instead of chain drive. With 16 valves, this engine displaces 1390cc, develops 100 bhp @ 6,000 rpm and a top end torque of 126 Nm @ 4,400 rpm. With four, this Fabia accelerates to 62mph in 11.5 seconds with a top speed of 115 mph. On the combined cycle, this provides a return of 42.2 mpg.
Although 1.4 16v petrol engine with, automatic transmission engine produces the same level of torque as the manual transmission version, the difference is that this comes at lower revs to maximise performance range. Featuring a four-speed automatic gearbox, it produces 75 bhp, acceleration time from 0-62 mph is 17 seconds, and top speed is 103 mph.
The four-cylinder 2.0 petrol engine unit affords excellent torque at low speeds - 170 Nm @ 2,400 rpm. With a power output of 115 bhp @ 5,400 rpm, a top speed of 121 mph and a 0 – 62 mph time of just 9.9 seconds, this frugal engine returns a combined figure of 36.7 mpg.