2009 Skoda Fabia | new car review

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 by

The second generation Fabia is a much improved and better geared to face the onslaught of the Japanese rivals.

Though has always been perceived as a brand lower in prestige to its parent; Volkswagen, the new Fabia shows that the company has what it takes to be a quality manufacturer.

As with the Superb and Octavia the Fabia has solid build quality which is miles ahead of Japanese rivals like the Toyota Yaris, Honda Jazz and the Suzuki Swift. The doors close with a reassuring ‘thud’ and the body is made of thick sheet metal which is likely to remain dent free for long.

In the Middle East Skoda has only one engine option for the Fabia and that is a 1.6-litre 103bhp motor which produces a healthy 153Nm of torque and is very tractable in normal conditions. This is the same engine which is also offered in the Skoda Octavia, so nothing new here. There is no sporty RS version of the Fabia either.

2009 Skoda Fabia

Power is transmitted to the front wheel via a five-speed manual or automatic transmission. The super mini accelerates from 0-100 kph in about 10 seconds and hits a top whack of 190 kph, not bad for a hatch in this segment. The Fabia has a stiff suspension setup which is at ease at high speeds or dealing with corners at speed. It absorbs road abnormalities well and the occupants stay well cocooned inside the tough body of the Fabia.

The new Fabia’s design seems influenced by the Suzuki Swift especially from the A pillar till the tail which swoops down almost like the former and the glass area is also identical.

2009 Skoda Fabia

The design of the Fabia is not its strength and the odd-shaped headlamps, curvy bonnet and vertical slat grille don’t gel with the sharply designed body of the hatch. In a bid to make the Fabia stand apart from the competition and give it a more up-market look, Skoda seems to have lost the plot mid-way and produced an unconventional design which is not likely to go down well with premium hatchback buyers.

The interiors are made of quality material but the basic design and all black colour make them look rather grim. The dashboard like the rest of the car is built to last and will not suffer from rattles till long. Skoda has given the Fabia a bigger boot which can swallow 300 litres of luggage and is one of the biggest in this class.

2009 Skoda Fabia

Equipment is also lavish and the fully loaded Fabia comes with climate control, power windows, cruise control, power sunroof, tyre pressure monitor, remote central locking, trip computer, rear parking sensors, heated outside rear view mirrors and seats. Safety kit is also great for a hatchback with ABS, ESP, dual front, side airbags and curtain airbags.

Priced from 56,500 to 65,700AED, the Fabia is a good alternative to the Japanese hatchbacks, and offers European qualities like superb build, robust engine, well tuned suspension and quality interiors at a good price.

Specification

Body TypeEngine (litres)Power (bhp)Torque (Nm)Transmission
Hatchback1.6103153M/A

Price Range (AED) 56,500–65,700

 

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