Presentation and testing: new Skoda Fabia 2015

The third generation of the Skoda Fabia is here. Comes to market with various mechanical options (four petrol and two diesel), content consumption, very well equipped and customization options for body and interior.

Exterior Design Simple

The new Skoda Fabia 2015 represents a fundamental part of the strategy of the Czech brand because it is the best selling model after the successful firm Skoda Octavia. Since its launch in 1999 has sold over 3.5 million units worldwide, about 100,000 Spain. Last year the brand grew 10% in Europe (in Spain 30%) and this year hopes to secure increased sales reaching 1.5 million vehicles sold.

It is the first Skoda MirrorLink and SmartGate technology.

To achieve this goal comes the third generation of the Skoda Fabia, which has been completely redesigned and improved in almost all sections. With the inclusion of the MQB platform in developing the new Skoda Fabia, car equipment includes elements unthinkable until recently a model segment B. For example, count, standard with six airbags and electronic differential lock XDS-edge finish + from access to range.

The Skoda Fabia 2015 is a comfortable car, has a more than adequate interior, the trunk more capable in its class and a wide mechanical range with little thirsty engines. If we add to this the customization options and connectivity with ‘Smartphones’ (key to conquer the younger audience members) seems that this new generation has enough arguments to become one of the reference segment.

Following the philosophy “Simply Clever” based on honesty, smart shopping and commitment to provide the best quality / price ratio, the Czech brand new Skoda Fabia offers an introductory price of 8,990 euros for version 1.0 MPI 60 CV with intermediate finishing Ambition. This rate includes PIVE Plan (2,000 euros), the discount for financing (1,500 euros) and the discount brand.

Prices of the new Skoda Fabia 2015 (no discounts):

Skoda Fabia 1.0 MPI 106 60cv ACTIVE 13,120 euros
Skoda Fabia 1.0 MPI 108 75cv ACTIVE 13,620 euros
Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI 107 90cv ACTIVE 14,120 euros
Skoda Fabia 1.0 MPI 60cv AMBITION 14,370 euros
Skoda Fabia 1.0 MPI 75cv AMBITION 14,870 euros
Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI AMBITION 90cv 15,370 euros
Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI 110hp AMBITION 16,070 euros
Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI DSG AMBITION 110hp 17,370 euros
Skoda Fabia 1.4 TDI AMBITION 90cv 17,320 euros
Skoda Fabia 1.4 TDI AMBITION DSG 90cv 18,620 euros
Skoda Fabia 1.4 TDI 105hp AMBITION 18,020 euros
Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI STYLE 90cv 16,320 euros
Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI 110hp STYLE 17,020 euros
Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI DSG 110hp STYLE 18,320 euros
Skoda Fabia 1.4 TDI 90cv STYLE 18,270 euros
Skoda Fabia 1.4 TDI DSG STYLE 90cv 19,570 euros
Skoda Fabia 1.4 TDI 105hp STYLE 18,970 euros

Design

Four petrol engines and three diesel mechanics make new Skoda Fabia range.

The appearance of the third generation of the Skoda Fabia follows the roadmap marked by the concept VisionC , characterized by the use of straight lines and angular lines to enhance the forms. Dimensions vary, now is 90 mm ​​wider, 31 mm lower and 8 shorter. The more current lines, together with a more modern proportions printed at larger vehicle than its predecessor aesthetic personality and achieve a set wins in “muscle” increasing the feeling of sturdiness of it.

The mechanics of the new Skoda Fabia range consists of six mechanical

The front of the new Skoda Fabia incorporates the key elements of the new design language Czech brand, including clear geometric shape of the grill, brand logo on the hood and light design. The silver badge, mounted in an advanced position on the hood, is the starting point for a design that emphasizes horizontality. At the rear, we are very recognizable shapes with characteristic shaped taillights C enhanced this time with a black frame.

With the new Skoda Fabia 2015 the Czech brand wants to cover a wider range of customers, especially among young audiences, and maybe aware that the final design of the vehicle can be a bit “blah” have made ​​available a wide range of options for vehicle personalization. Stresses in particular the possibility of choosing a two-tone body color, with wheels, mirror housings and pillar in the same color of the ceiling, a choice of silver, white, black or red.

In addition, at the end of 2015 will reach the Montecarlo version mounted a widened bumpers and sills marked Czech subcompact adding a touch of sportiness.

Inside

Inside the new Skoda Fabia a more modern and better quality air you breathe. Although there are many hard plastics, quality is perceived in the settings is very high. The whole is sober, German style, but convincing. Furthermore, like in the outside, it is also possible to customize the interior.

Boasting of its solutions “simply clever” the new Skoda Fabia incorporates, among other things, a compartment for the reflective vest, mobile holder on the front cupholders, portatiquets, storage networks in the inner edges of the front seats a paper on the doors.

Although the Skoda Fabia 2015 is shorter, the longer wheelbase has enabled better use of the cabin. The driving position is correct, visibility good and the seats are comfortable. The space in the front seats has increased by 21 mm in width and 8 mm in length. As for the rear, two adult passengers traveling comfortably, and there is enough room for both knees to the head.

In addition, the Skoda Fabia 2015 boasts more trunk capacity 330 liters cubicar segment, which can become downcast 1150 liters if the seats. Also, it should be noted, contrary to what happens lately, the new Fabia account under the trunk floor with a wheel size spare.

Engine

The mechanics of the new Skoda Fabia range 2015 consists of a total of four petrol and three diesel engines, all within the EU6 emission standard and include Start-Stop system and recovery of braking energy. The power of petrol engines ranging from 60 to 100 hp, and diesel three-cylinder, 75 hp (GreenLine available late 2015) to 105 hp. All engines are associated with a manual five-speed transmission except gasoline engine more powerful 110 hp that will carry a six. There will also be DSG seven-speed automatic transmission available as an option for the 110 hp 1.2 TSI and 1.4 TDI 90 CV.

During the presentation I had the chance to try the most powerful diesel variant, the 1.4 TDI 105 hp. The car accelerates hard, responds well from the bottom of the counter and recoveries are sensational. Moreover, the characteristic sound of the three-cylinder engine is not annoying and no vibrations are perceived.

Consumption

The Skoda Fabia 2015 is lighter, weighs only 980 kg, up to 65 less than the previous model, thanks to technology MQB (Modular Transverse Platform) from which it benefits.

By brand, in its most efficient version, gasoline engines consume only 4.7 l / 100 km. Among the diesel, the GreenLine (coming later this year) stands out for its high efficiency with a consumption of just 3.1 l / 100 km and CO2 emissions from 82 g / km.

These are the consumption figures approved offered by the brand:

Motor 1.0 MPI 60 hp 4.7 l / 100 km and 106 g / km of CO2.
Motor 1.0 MPI 75 hp 4.8 l / 100 km and 108 g / km of CO2.
Motor 90 hp 1.2 TSI : 4.7 l / 100 km and 107 g / km of CO2.
Motor 1.2 TSI 110 hp 4.8 l / 100 km and 110 g / km of CO2.
Motor GreenLine 1.4 TDI 75 hp 3.1 l / 100 km, 82 g / km of CO2.
Motor 1.4 TDI 90 hp 3.4 l / 100 km, 88 g / km of CO2.
Engine 105 hp 1.4 TDI : 3.5 l / 100 km, 90 g / km of CO2.
During the presentation, in a mixed route, although it is true that most dual carriageway, the onboard computer was left in a meritorious 4.7 l / 100km. We will have to wait for a more thorough test to see if kept in those values.

Behavior

Again, the Skoda Fabia 2015 benefits from the new dimensions. The reduction in height is now 31 mm lower, allows you to lower the center of gravity thus achieving a significant improvement in the dynamic section. Also, with the largest width of its axes (+30 mm) and a distance between the same 5 mm higher, the new Fabia gets greater aplomb, with more behavior gripped the asphalt than the previous generation.

The chassis of the Skoda Fabia has been designed with comfort in mind. It has a well-tuned suspension that filters irregularities without problem and leaves the body balance in excess. In short, look for comfort and cushioning effectively. It also replaces the electrohydraulic steering of the previous generation by one, lighter electromechanical and accurate, thanks to the use of technology that provides the MQB platform Volkswagen group .

Regarding security level, and l new Skoda Fabia is equipped with a wide range of benefits active and passive safety. It offers as standard six airbags, Control Electronic Stability Program (ESC) with Brake system multicolisión, electronic locking differential (XDS +), driver fatigue detector, sensor tire pressure control and hill start assistance (HHC), among others. Furthermore, it is the safest car in its category, where there is now no other model that has obtained the five-star NCAP.

Equipment

The Active finish (access range) comes standard, inter alia, steel wheels 14 inches, front grille in black; mirror housings, bumpers and door handles in body color; electric and heated mirrors; gloss black B-pillar; two Isofix rear seat, radio Blues (1 Din with SD slot, USB and Aux jacks in, MP3, WMA, four speakers), air conditioning and continuous bench folding rear seats.

The intermediate finishing of the range, Ambition , and suppose that the brand provides about 85% of sales, added to the previous finish chrome front grille and interior chrome package (watches dashboard, air vents, gear knob Instead, handbrake handle of the door), Swing radio with touch screen 5 inches (Aux in, USB, SD slot, Apple connectivity) and folding rear seats (60:40). In addition, the system incorporates Front with City Emergency Braking Assistant Function that automatically slows the car in a collision in the city and speed limiter.

The top model, called Style (replaces Elegance), adds, among other things, alloy wheels 15 inch, black projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, front fog lights, multifunction leather steering wheel, center armrest with storage compartment , assistant lights, keyless start, adjustable passenger seat height and power windows front and rear.

The Skoda Fabia 2015 is the first model of the Czech brand to incorporate the MirrorLink system and technology SmartGate. These systems allow the car to interact with a smartphone. The first lets you control some of the phone applications through its touch screen, while the second (SmartGate), the mobile device sends parameters and data of all kinds of Skoda Fabia how to measure G forces, throttle pressure, braking duration.

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