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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