Skoda has released prices and specifications for the 2018 Fabia city car. Available from this week on, the upgraded Fabia starts at $ 16,890 plus road costs in hatch form and $ 18,040 plus road costs in wagon.
Visually, the Fabia is not as striking as a Mazda 2 or a Renault Clio, but its external appearance is discreet, thanks to its clean lines and its square shape. The gray exterior finish of our tester is a little boring, although it will appeal to those who like to blend in.
Meanwhile, the interior is less impressive in terms of performance. The design and layout are fairly conventional and ergonomically sound, although you will not find any soft-touch hardware to ever stop the central armrest and fabric-lined door inserts where your elbow sits. Despite the average interior trim, however, everything feels at least very well screwed together, and the doors close with a solid thunk in typical Volkswagen fashion.The driver is also treated to a beautiful sport leather steering wheel with perforated trim, with comfortable seats that do not have much reinforcement, but still manage to provide good support for the thigh and back.
The Sports Pack of our tester does not include air conditioning air conditioning from the more expensive optional package, which means you get manual dials that look rather low, although the brushed metal fascia on the dashboard looks and feels good. The infotainment thumb system is a bit smaller compared to rivals like the Mazda 2 and Kia Rio, although the tech-savvy will appreciate the standard inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It is relatively fast and easy to use, with physical shortcuts on the borders of the screen, which makes navigation through the various menus of the system a little easier. With the technology of mirroring smartphones at this price, we recommend not spending $ 950. If you frequent areas with low cell reception, this might be a good option. Meanwhile, the rear passengers are also relatively well equipped considering the compact dimensions of the Fabia, with decent head and shoulders, though the legs may be tight for larger passengers behind a larger driver.
The three-pot engine replaces the four-cylinder turbo 1.2-liter and will come in two tunes; the 70TSI, which produces 70 kW / 160 Nm, and 81TSI with a power of 81 kW / 200 Nm, replacing the four-cylinder engine with its outputs 66 kW / 160 Nm and 81 kW / 175 Nm in the old 66TSI and 81TSI respectively .
As before, the engine of the smaller version (70TSI) is equipped with a five-speed manual transmission, while the 81TSI is coupled to a seven-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission. The 70TSI has a combined fuel economy rating of 4.5 L / 100 km, 0.3 L / 100 km better than the old 66TSI, while the 81TSI improves from 0.1 L / 100 km to 4.7 L / 100 km despite an additional torque of 25 Nm.