Skoda Fabia can be easily termed as India's first 'Super Hatch'.The comfort label provided by it are far maore superior then those which one can get from any other so called small car. It provides enough room for both passenger & cargo & is designed with premium looks.It provides you the comfort & space of a 'C' segment sedan, but at the same time it is so compact that it can be easily parked in utterly congested areas. Fabia is available in both petrol & diesel variants.
• 0-100 Kmph : 14 second
• Top speed : 162.2 kmph
• Mileage : 14.2 Kmpl (City) , 18 Kmpl (Highway)
It looks smart & poised. The bonnet comprises tapering lines that gives car an overall bold & firm look. That Skoda bagde, the striking chrome front grille with vertical fins and those large projector headlamps complete it's bold look.
Fabia has wide alloy wheels that gives it a concept look & are widest in category tyres. The multi-reflector fog lamps increases visibility in even adverse & tough weather conditions & also helps in enhancing that sporty look of the car.
It's interiors are what that makes it my personal fav .Once you get into it then only you will know that what a 'super hatch' actually means .It's premium & elegant interiors make it worth to spend such a large dough ( around 8 lakhs ) on a so called 'small car' (in layman's language). The two-tone, black and beige interior makes it a classic piece. It’s not only about looks; the interior quality exudes richness and solidity which is expected from cars costing a lot more. The steering wheel, although a little big, grips to hand beautifully and the feedback it sends to the wheels is institutional. The silvered gear lever knobs, gear lever frames, interior door handles and hand brake safety knobs add to the stylishness. Not to forget it's sun roof (my personal focal point in car ) that is wide enough to accomodate an adult easily.
There’s just about adequate storage space on the inside in form of cubby holes. The cup holders running down the centre console are helpful, that space in front of it is neat enough to hold your wallet or the cell phone and the storage compartment next to the headlamp-operating knob is a unique addition which would hold little objects. The arm rest flips open to expose a flat storage area which can be used up by good measure. But all said and done, this is more or less it that the car offers in terms of cubby holes apart from the door pockets, which are present only on the front doors. The glove compartments too are not very large, but you could keep that Pepsi can in it for it to be chilled as it has a vent to throw cool air inside. The rear passengers however will be left wanting for more compartments to store the knick-knacks in, lot more.Fabia has set new standards in terms of space in small car segments. it's extended dimensions make ensure that you get enough leg space & head space as well.It has got 300 liters of boot space which makes it a nice option for family trips.The comfort levels are of a very high order. Supportive seats are gifted with just about enough bolster and padding to make for a fatigue-free experience. The air-con tries to mislead you by ‘Climate’ that it comes written with and is not really a climate control unit. Seat height and steering adjustments make sure that the time spent behind the wheel is an enjoyable one. There’s more than sufficient leg space and the under-thigh support is over and above everything in its class, rivaling some of the cars higher up the segment ladder. Your bums thank you for treating them with luxury. Terms like ABS, airbags, electric and heated wing mirrors, a brilliant audio system, parking sensors and all the other paraphernalia make you feel like it’s an indulgence in the lap of opulence.
PERFORMANCE , RIDE & HANDLING
In one sentence ; 'it's engine shouts ' & it really shouts.It is quite distracting & noisy, Beside this it's performance is also weak till 2000 RPM , but once past 2000rpm, the progress is rapid and you actually do experience the surge you were expecting earlier. The engine transforms its behaviour completely and becomes eager to churn out all that power in an enraged comportment. At this point, the frown of disappointment gets transformed into a grin of satisfaction, and what helps is the gearshift.It is compact, slick & a delight to operate.
It fits perfectly in your hand & gives a yin feeling.Braking system also have it's own features, the disc/drum combination works well in conjunction with ABS and you come to a halt without any drama, with complete poise.
The ride quality is typical Skoda, firm but not uncomfortable.