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17 Sep 2010 | Text and Photos by Benjamin G, Kline

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Fabialous!

The Volkswagen group it seems is chucking their excellent 1.2-litre TSI engine into everything they can find. So does the new engine agree with the Fabia? Oh yes...


Skoda has chosen to stick to the straight and narrow for the Fabia. However, I wish the designers had taken a step back after the final design to see that the 15 inch wheels fitted don't fully utilise the generous wheel wells. The wheels look a little undersized when viewed with the rest of the car.

Interior

The Fabia's interior is a rather pleasant place to be. High quality plastics that can only be derived from the parent company's direction feels solid to the touch though some panels on the doors do flex when some pressure is applied. Nevertheless, Skoda tried to up the market feel by infusing leather into the door panels. However the plastic door pulls on the inside don't feel like they will stand up to too much abuse.

The front driver's seat is comfortable and offers good lumbar suppoort in the right places. The driving position too is comfortable with the rake and reach adjustable steering making the best position available to the driver. Beyond the steering, the dials used in the Fabia seem a tad under par of other Skoda models. The LCD panel can be a little hard for older folks with its fine font digital display. The visibility is further hindered on bright days where the panel can be washed out. The dials though remain highly visible with their markings backlit in white.

Though the Fabia shares a close relationship with Volkswagen's Polo, it however doesn't share the same sophistication of its centre console. On the Czech model, the centre console is a rather simple and minimalistic affair. The climate control is represented with three simple dials.
The audio system too is minimalistic and though the performance isn't impressive, it should live up to most listening tasks reasonably well. Although the Fabia doesn't possess the convenience of steering mounted audio controls, it is however unnecessary in this case as the centre console is easily within reach of the driver. Nevertheless the safety aspect of steering mounted controls can't be ignored.

Whereas the Polo's centre console design possesses a little more interest, the Fabia's seems to be draped hopelessly in dull colours that blend in with the rest of its dashboard.

Despite the depressive mood of the interior, it does come with a significant amount of cubby holes for all the knick-knacks that follows the motoring individual. On the passenger side there's a dual glovebox that is large enough to store a significant amount of loose items. There are also storage trays below each of the front seats for keeping certain items away from prying eyes. The conservative size of the armrest between the front seats have a further 1.2 litres of space for other items.

Rear seating is quite acceptable in the Fabia. It easily accommodates two long limbed adults without any onset of claustrophobia. Legroom too is acceptable despite a tall driver.

The boot size in this Skoda is reasonable while a split folding rear bench will avail greater cargo area when needed.

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