Skoda Fabia Review & Ratings
- 8 May 2016
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Skoda Fabia is classified as a supermini car and is manufactured by the Czech carmaker Skoda Auto. Production of the Fabia started in 1999 and its successor, the Skoda Falicia, was effectively discontinued just two years later in 2001. This vehicle was available as a hatchback, estate (the Fabia Combi) and a saloon (the Fabia Sedan) when it was first launched. Since the second generation of this vehicle was launched in 2007, it has been available in only hatchback and estate versions. This vehicle’s overall design is based on the Volkswagen Polo Mk4 platform.
The first generation of the Fabia, which was introduced to the public at the 1999 Frankfurt Motor Show, went into production in October of the same year. The estate version of this car was launched in September of 2000 at the Paris Motor Show. This vehicle was the first model to ever use the Volkswagen Group’s A04 platform, but it has also been used by the Volkswagen Polo Mk4 as well as the SEAT Ibiza. The Fabia won the “Car of the Year” title in the UK for its innovative design.
This vehicle’s range of models started with a 1.0 8v Classic to the 1.9 PD TDi Vrs. A big part of the appeal of the Fabia was the fact that it used mechanical parts that were developed by Volkswagen but were offered at a price that was much more reasonable that most of the models from the Volkswagen group. The only aspects of the Fabia that were not associated with Volkswagen in any way were the 1.0 and 1.4 8v MPI engines, which were nothing more than modifications of this company’s 1.3 engine which were used in pre-Volkswagen Skoda models, including the Estelle and the Favorit.
The Fabia received a major facelift in 2005 with changes to the rear lights as well as a new steering wheel and a number of other things which were heavily revised. The entire gearbox ratio of the vRS was changed and there was also the addition of the Sport model which used a 75 PS 1.4 petrol engine with a manual transmission. The engine that this particular model uses was replaced by the 1.2 HTP soon after, and although it wasn’t as powerful as its predecessor, it had a much sportier feel as well as a more flexible drive.
The second generation of the Fabia started production in April of 2007 and was first displayed for the public to see earlier that year in March. This vehicle uses the same PQ24 platform as its predecessor but is just a bit larger and stylistically resembles the new Roomster leisure activity vehicle. The exterior of these two cars were designed at the same time, which can be seen in many of their details. The estate version of this car was officially announced in August of 2007 and premiered at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. When compared to the first generation of these vehicles, the Combi is 7 mm longer, 46 mm higher, and has a boot that is 54 liters larger.
An advertising campaign named “Cake” was used in the UK for the launch of the new Fabia. Skoda commissioned this particular campaign to spread the word about their new vehicle and even involved the car behind made out of cake with things like marzipan to represent the metal pieces and raisons for the rivets. This car was incredibly successful when it was launched and this was partially because of the reasonable cost of the vehicle combined with its reputation of reliability which has gained consumer confidence in places all over the world.