Skoda Fabia: The new generation does not compromise on anything

The new Skoda Fabia, which was supposed to land here about a year ago, is now returning to us in a fourth generation with additions of a few inches to each side and a larger wheelbase, which adds another interior space to the supermini, family-friendly, without worrying about overcrowding and suitable for two rear seats Plus booster.

The new Fabia is 11 centimeters longer than the previous generation, 5 centimeters wide (178 centimeters wide), and with a 9 centimeters (255 centimeters) wide wheelbase and a 359 liter trunk. All of these make it one of the most spacious cars in the category.

I have a fondness for super-mini cars (a category of cars that are larger and more spacious than the Hyundai i10 or Kia Picanto, for comparison). This is a category that serves my personal and family needs, so my eyes are constantly on the new cars in the category. There is not much competition for the Fabia, and those that do not reach its ankles, simply because it is a very good car. Today it is one of the small, well-designed and well-equipped families on the market.

These days, when prices start at NIS 115,000, there is sometimes no choice but to aim for smaller car categories, which carry a maximum price tag of NIS 135,000.

Skoda Fabia (Photo: Private)

The new Fabia is marketed with two engines – one with a volume of 1.0 liters, and the other with a volume of 1.5 liters. The liter engine comes with a respectable 110 hp. It is a vigorous, turbocharged engine that does the job. For the road test I got a car with a 1.5 liter TSI engine with 150 hp achieved at 5,000 – 6,000 rpm and with A good torque of 25.49 kg between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. Together they bring an acceleration of 8 seconds to about 100 km / h.

The accelerations of the new Skoda Fabia during the ride are good: there is no loss of power and torque, and the gearbox works well and smoothly. Those who want to intervene in its operation and speed up the transition between the gears, will be able to use the pedals behind the steering wheel, which are easy to operate and make driving experiential.
When it comes to noise isolation and restraining bumps along the way there is improvement but it is still far from perfect. There seems to be a limit to the number of comfort systems that can be implemented in city cars within the vehicle pricing limits in the category.

Fabia, like the Octavia and the electric Eiac, won the brand’s new design language, which for a long time no longer looked Czech, but entirely Volkswagen, with new and sporty proportions, a redesigned front, a lower grille with pointed headlights, slanted headlights, a recessed stripe on The hood, the inscription SKODA on the trunk door and lighting units on its sides.

The Style trim level is equipped with 17-inch alloy rims instead of 16. There is an option for the Color Concept package, which includes a roof, rims and mirrors in black or gray. At the high level of finish, “Monte Carlo”, the price will be NIS 135,000 for a model that is a Skoda sporty tribute to the Monte Carlo Rally.

At this level of equipment, the Fabia comes with a panoramic roof, 18-inch alloy wheels, black roof and mirrors, blackened front grille, black SKODA inscription on the trunk, Monte Carlo trim on the sides of the vehicle, carbon-red metallic doors and a black rubber window frame. The difference between the test vehicle in the style finish style and the sports one – about 5,000 shekels.

One of the most spacious cars in the category (Photo: Private)One of the most spacious cars in the category (Photo: Private)

The change is also noticeable inside the vehicle, especially in the cabin. It is elegant from its competitors, with a modern multimedia system and an 8-inch color touch screen, an audio system with six speakers, two USB sockets in the front and two in the back, keyless propulsion, a digital climate control system with rear air vents and an Octavia-style steering wheel with special silver switches. , As there is in the brand’s family car.

Some will look within this abundance for an option for the electric direction of the seat. So do not overdo it. The car has comfortable seats and comfortable upholstery, mood lighting, tinted rear windows and more. The test vehicle’s Style trim level also includes the Virtual Cockpit – a 10.25-inch color digital dashboard. The Monte Carlo trim level adds to it a truncated tricycle trimmed in leather upholstery, sports seats designed in carbon-like black fabric and side mirrors with electric adjustment and folding, defrosting and automatic darkening on the driver’s side.

Safety is uncompromising: The vehicle has a variety of original advanced systems, including a front distance monitoring system that brakes the vehicle when identifying a danger of a collision, including pedestrian detection, lane keeping system for steering deviation to prevent lane departure, adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors, auxiliary maneuvering system Obstacles behind the vehicle and nine airbags.

The more advanced level of finish adds to these front LED headlights, a rear camera, an autonomous emergency braking system in front and rear travel, aided by front and rear parking sensors. It remains to be hoped for fillings and deliveries on time, and also for a manual version, which in my opinion is a must on offer.


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