Skoda Fabia 1.4 16V

May 9, 2012

The Škoda Fabia, now in its seventh year of production, used his time as the first of the new VW Group platform for small car – and is the unit measure of Polo, Clio, Punto & Co. has grown.Thus the Czechs aim the four-meter-car quite openly on the Polo class and make the cousins ​​from Wolfsburg’s life miserable.

Even in purely external, the Fabia seems rather average.The low body line, the large side windows and the front short and stocky, he has long legs.This impression is reinforced by the modest 14-inch wheels further strengthened.Front and rear sections are typical of the current Škoda design and make an interpretation of the emblem in the grille and tailgate unnecessary.

With just average, the interior design is waiting for – no surprises, neither negative nor positive.Visually, still a very good mix of group-typical switches and knobs – placed in a dashboard that much of the VW-style reminiscent of the eighties, multicolored despite the subdivision.The cockpit is clearly structured, the instruments easy to read – and are best known for golf, polo and Co. in the center console, all switches in the right place, and expect a good quality – except for the switch to the settings of the mirrors, which seems rather shaky .

Lots of space – and lots of gray

The drab gray tones of the standard “Classic” look dull light, chrome door handles, despite the.Much more appealing, however, the color combinations in the higher trim levels “atmosphere” and “Elegance”.The interior is rather due to practicality and functionality, the processing is still impeccable.Even on the old German town of cobblestone streets remain from rattling.

The seat comfort is just like the feeling of space for all passengers very well – at least in the back seat for passengers to 185 centimeters height.The wide adjustment range of the steering wheel forward even above-average drivers have space.Then, however, can – typical for this class – left behind more than one child sit comfortably.The space is good but at the expense of the trunk – only 260 liters are available in normal case, can be enlarged if needed then folding the 2:3 split rear seats to 1,016 liters.That’s something less than the Group’s brother from Wolfsburg.This requires five doors standard – not only in the group, but also in the segment is not exactly typical.

Typical segment the drawer under the passenger seat.Handy for a snack between meals.But the possibility of placing a cup of coffee, is completely absent – neither in the doors are still performed in the center console cupholder.Here, the Škoda designers could have after seven years of production to make up a lot.

Does not matter – then the Fabia driver at least go really fast in all the curves, without having to fear that the hot beverage spills on carpets and upholstery.The comfortable, yet firm lead-tuned suspension, plus the very direct steering that is quick to flotteren gaits.Min of the 1.4-liter four-cylinder with 75 hp at 5,000 r / is from the Regal Group and is expected to be as responsive as quiet.The five-speed transmission shifts unobtrusively with clearly defined shift travel.

No weaknesses

More than 170 speed is not there, where you faster than 150 km / h due to the noise of wind and engine anyway not really want to go.The test fuel consumption was just under 7 liters per 100 kilometers, slightly above the manufacturer’s instructions, but in terms of driving performance perfectly in order.

The safety features of the Skoda Fabia 1.4 Style Edition is neat: Driver and passenger airbags, front side airbags, antilock braking system with mechanical brake assist, traction control (ASR), power steering, front belt pretensioners and front fog lights.Unfortunately, an electronic stability program, the higher reserve engines.

In the “Style Edition” is the Skoda Fabia 1.4 to have from 13 299 € and has – not in the segment, of course – a height-and length-adjustable steering wheel, remote central locking, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, electric front windows, air conditioning with pollen filter and Cruise on board.Even the extras option of the list are fairly moderate fall, for example, rear power windows cost 170 euros, although this should come as standard.

The Škoda Fabia afforded no real weaknesses in the practical test.The maintenance interval is within normal limits: every 30,000 km or once a year, the oil change interval of 15,000 miles as well.The insurance classes are somewhat higher than in Group polo brother.The comparable cost ausgestattetet but at least 2,500 € more.

Skoda Fabia 1.4 16V Classic


Engine Series
Cylinder 4
Displacement (cc) 1390
Power (kW / hp) 55/75
Payload (kg) 440
Total weight (kg) 1575
0-100 km / h (s) 13.8
Vmax (km / h) 167
Consumption (L/100 km) 6.5
Fuel Super
Base price (€) 11 090


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