This was the the new version of the Fabia, the car thatâs done more than any other model to change Skoda's image. The previous model won the What Car? Car of the Year award straight after launch and went to the top of its hard-fought class.
The new edition draws heavily on the outgoing car (including an identical wheelbase, very similar dimensions and some closely related engines), but packages them into a taller, roomier, bolder body style reminiscent of the Suzuki Swift from some angles. Like the original Fabia, this edition is first in the VW supermini family to adopt a platform to go under the new-generation VW Polo.
Most of the new Fabiaâs seven-engine range is familiar, though the majority of units have improved power outputs. The petrol line-up starts with the humble six-valve, 60bhp, 1.2-litre triple and progresses through a 12-valve 1.2 triple with 70bhp to a pair of 16-valve fours, a 1.4-litre with 86bhp and a 105bhp 1.6-litre.
The first thing that strikes you about any Fabia is its extra height: like most of its peers itâs a four-metre car now, and tall with it. That leads to impressively enhanced interior room.
The 1.2 triple by far the most engaging engine, spun smoothly and quietly up to the 6000rpm cut-off, with a light and slick gearbox, the 1.4-litre diesel was smooth and more torquey. On any decent surface it ran quietly, with a pleasant ârubber-footedâ sensation over bad bumps.
The steering is lower geared than most in the class but thereâs a faithfulness and accuracy about it which makes pressing on a pleasure.
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