2019 Skoda Fabia Review; Small Changes, Good Engine & More Safety
Slight adjustments for the 2019 Skoda Fabia, practical and spacious utilitarian. With the new 110-horsepower 1.0 it’s lively and quiet, but this sporty version is a little hopping on the pits.
2019 Skoda Fabia Updates
Founded in 2014, the Skoda Fabia is a compact five-door (but there is also the wagon, longer than 26 cm and with an equally deeper trunk) that is now slightly updated in the line, in the interior, in equipment and machinery. After describing the composition of the range and the prices (read here the news), here we provide our driving impressions referring to a 1.0 TSI with 1.0 turbo direct injection 110 hp (the most powerful engine, just introduced) in the richest and sporting Monte Carlo set-up.
The modern and angular line changes in the front (new headlights, full LED in the Monte Carlo, and extended mask) as well as in the bumpers and rear lights; certainly not a revolution, but enough to get a more important look. The utilitarian of the Volkswagen group‘s Czech brand has also been slightly updated inside, with a new dashboard (classic and clearly legible, with four lancet indicators) and different coatings. The interior of the Skoda Fabia it has angularly shaped panels and the dashboard is visually lightened by an extended horizontal band; the latter can also be personalized with stickers (costing 33 euros, plus mounting) that realistically simulate the brushed aluminum, or white or black (glossy or opaque). In the face of very well-made assemblies and precise machining, however, we note the presence of rigid plastics.
|Displacement cm 3||999|
|N or cylinders and arrangement||3 online|
|Maximum power kW (CV) / revolutions||110 (81) / 5000-5500 revolutions|
|Max torque Nm / rev||200 / 2000-3500|
|Emission of CO 2 grams / km||107|
|Distribution||4 valves per cylinder|
|N or gear ratios||6 + reverse|
|Front brakes||self-ventilated discs|
|The declared performances|
|Maximum speed (km / h)||195|
|Acceleration 0-100 km / h (s)||9.6|
|Average consumption (km / l)||21.3|
|How large is it|
|Length / width / height cm||401/173/145|
|Weight in running order kg||1147|
|Trunk capacity liters||308/1128|
|Tires (standard)||215/45 R16|
2019 Skoda Fabia Features
Always very appreciable for practicality and space, the 2019 Skoda Fabia accommodates four adults without problems, and on the sofa even a third person can stay there (must however come to terms with the high and angular tunnel on the floor); interesting news of the two Usb sockets (for charging smartphones or tablets) available for those sitting behind: costing 170 euros, combined with the central armrest front. The armchairs (sports, with integrated headrest and fabric and leather upholstery) are definitely comfortable even on long journeys, and the driving position is widely customizable, depending on the size and preferences; there is no lack of height adjustment of the seat or the attachment of the seat belt. Furthermore, the backrest is precise, with a knob. There are numerous pockets and small drawers, the compartment in the dashboard is very deep and now the cockpit in front of the gear lever is illuminated. The multimedia system with a 6.5 “display, radio, USB socket and speakerphone, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (to replicate the operation of your mobile phone in the car) is standard; the navigator (with information also in the dashboard display, but with maps not always legible) costs 490 euros. As for the trunk, the capacity of 308 liters (the Monte Carlo has the standard spare wheel that subtracts a little ‘space, while the other, with the kit inflates and repairs, they boast 330) is appreciable; discreet accessibility, with a load threshold of 69 cm from the ground but high steps both at the entrance and recline the sofa, and the finishes are acceptable. But the plastic side parts are designed and rolled in quickly.
Engine Specs & Performance; Strong Enough
In a car so small and light, 110 horses are not few. And indeed the performance of Skoda Fabiathey are brilliant: just observe the speed with which the needle of the speedometer rises to give credit to official data: 195 km / h peak and 9.6 seconds in the “0-100”. The 1.0 three-cylinder turbo is ready and regular, and transmits very few vibrations in the cockpit; works together with a six-speed gearbox with very soft and precise gears, and with long gears: to say, in the second you can touch 100 per hour, and at 130 times in sixth the turns are only 2600. This technical choice has a ‘beneficial influence on consumption (in fact we read in the dashboard over 15 km/liter while driving with panache) and noise (always low), but reduces a little’ the panache at the start and when using high gears. The steering is quite ready, homogeneous in the response and heavy enough to give confidence even in fast driving; excellent stability even at high speeds. However, with the sporting and lowered (1.5 cm) of the Monte Carlo, on the rough roads you jump a little too much; better the “normal” suspensions (we tried them in another version), which do not significantly increase the rolling in the corners, and cope with the disconnections much better, ensuring, in addition to a good comfort, a better grip when the road is not a pool table.
Among the most interesting options of the 2019 Skoda Fabia, we point out the adaptive cruise control with automatic emergency braking up to 160 km/h (395 euro), and two news: the warning in case of excessive weariness of the driver (45 euro) and sensor for the blind corner of the mirrors with the alarm in the case of vehicles arriving when leaving reverse from a parking lot (80 euros).