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1st January 2011 - Men's Style
ŠKODA's new entry in the Australian small car market is a winner for quite a few persuasive reasons.
In economically tight times, the first thing those looking at small cars in the VW Polo-Ford Fiesta-Kia Rio part of the car yard are likely to consider is the price. On that score, ŠKODA's new entry to the category in Australia, the Fabia, is going to make its mark.
Released here in two versions,
the Fabia 77TSI Hatchback starts
at $18,990, while the Fabia Monte
Carlo reviewed on this page starts
ŠKODA's presence in Australia is on the rise and rise, with more
dealerships already producing
increased sales - the Fabia Monte
Carlo will only speed that momentum.
The special edition Monte Carlo
celebrates the Czech car company's
110-year involvement in motorsport, in particular, it's historic participation
in the famous Monte Carlo rally.
Sporty and stylish, it boasts a
growly little 12-litre 77 kilowatt
TSI engine and five-speed full
synchronised manual transmission
(a dual-clutch automatic version will apparently be available In 2012).
Excellent on the corners and nicely
balanced through the five gears, the
Monte Carlo is a tight, compact ride,
it's 16-inch lightweight black alloys
not only adding to a stylish exterior
but providing a better overall drive.
Inside, the Monte Carlo looks more expensive than its price tag, with woven fabric sports seats, alloy sports pedals, cruise control, Bluetooth phone connectivity and eight-speaker audio. Storage is surprisingly good for a car this size, thanks to the long roofline.
Safety features include six airbags, electronic stability control, brake assist and height-adjustable front seatbelts.
As urban runabouts go, the combination of entry-level price and European good looks is set to make this car highly visible on our city streets.