Little Euro pocket rocket
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5th October 2011 - News Review Messenger by Peter Barnwell
VOLKSWAGEN'S funny little ŠKODA Fabia 77TSi will be used on the Australian market to match Korean manufacturers on price, performance, features and quality.
Fabia, which is slightly bigger than
the VW Polo, has been around for
a long time in Europe.
It's been a long time coming here
but the wait has been worth it.
This five-door Czech-made hatch
offers something many
competitors don't have
Some are plasticky looking
whitegoods with a sterile feel and
bland styling but none of that
applies to the Fabia.
Though not a pretty car, Fabia is
distinctive and practical, and has
plucky performance from its tiny
The motor delivers excellent fuel
economy, rated at 5.5 litres per
PITCHED at $18,990, Fabia is not
the cheapest on the block but
offers up plenty of goodies,
including Bluetooth phone, air
conditioning, cruise control, multifunction
wheel, full-size spare, six
air bags, stability control and trip
computer. There's an optional
Monte Carlo pack for an extra
In that you get a blacked out
sporty look, alloys, sporty interior
and contrast roof colour.
A six-speed DSG dual-clutch
manumatic will be available next
year for an additional $2300.
POWER comes from a 1.2 litre,
direct injection, turbo four which
delivers an 77kW/175Nm output.
It passes EU5 emissions
regulations with 95 octane fuel
delivered from a 45 litre tank.
Fabia's underpinnings are pretty
simple and come directly from the
VW parts inventory.
It uses the least amount of fuel
and has the largest luggage
STYLED along family ŠKODA lines,
the boxy little Fabia looks
distinctive from the front, generic
from the rear.
The look is enhanced with a
contrast colour roof and the Monte
Carlo pack ratchets appearance up
a few notches more.
It's a fairly standard hatchback
design with five seats, 60/40
folding rear seats and a large load
space. The interior is quite
IT GOT a four-star Euro rating
back in 2007 and has not been
tested since. It has six air bags,
stability control and a rigid chassis
THE engine is sweet once you get
into the torque band over 1500rpm
and sings sweetly up to redline but
it's no fire cracker and it doesn't
need to be. We were impressed by
the Fabia's controlled and
comfortable ride, the smooth
manual shift and quality feel of the
It's fairly simple mechanics
should mean low running costs and
the condensed ŠKODA style gives
Fabia a point of difference in the