2014 Skoda Fabia | new car review
In RS guise, there aren't many other cars that provide as much bang for your buck.
Interior materials could be spruced up, at least a little.
The 2014 Skoda Fabia is a no-nonsense, no-frills, ultra basic hatchback that looks good with a protruding centre section in its hood and is hell-bent on winning people over with its performance, rather than its pretty face. For the trendy youth that go miles to make their pride and possession stand out, the Fabia offers a range of customization options; interior, wheels, roof, you name it.
Compared to the tech-laden cabins which house more buttons than a keyboard, the Skoda Fabia is very, very different. In fact, due to its simplicity, many would consider the dashboard to be archaic. Gaping holes of hard plastic and a stereo system which looks like it belongs to the Eighties, make the Fabia feel like a downright Econo-box.
When in RS territory, the improvements aren’t only under the hood. Both, the driver and front seat passenger receive specially moulded sports seats that are embroidered with an RS emblem and come in either grey or red. Standing out from the crowd should be easy…
What’s on offer?
A normally aspirated 1.6 litre engine that is good for 105 horsepower is what makes its way into the standard and Monte Carlo Fabia. If you’re more of a performance junkie and looking for some real hot hatch action, it’s the 1.4 litre turbo and super charged, 180 horsepower generating unit that you’ll enjoy.
Sliding in neatly between the Suzuki Swift and pricier Ford Fiesta, the Skoda Fabia wears a starting price of just AED 53,000 which rises gradually before stopping at AED 84,000 for the mental RS version. The way we see it, it’s the cheapest hot hatch out there, what’s there to complain about?