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2019 Skoda Fabia 1.0TSI

2019 Skoda Fabia 1.0TSI

A sneaky upgrade has seen Skoda tweak the very practical and easy-to-live-with Fabia.  The main biggie is the introduction of the smaller three-pot petrol turbo with the same output of power that the old 1.2-litre gets but with much greater torque.  The Fabia is a roomy supermini and is stacked with goodies.  Let’s take a look.

Taking the likes of the new Mazda2, Suzuki Swift Turbo, Citroen C3, Nissan Micra, Kia Rio, Peugeot 208, Toyota Yaris and Renault Clio head on, the littlest Skoda does a great job of arguing a case for itself.  As you can see the supermini marketplace is highly competitive.  The design remains very much the same likeable hatchback with plenty of room.  All for around $20k you could be driving away in a new Skoda Fabia 1.0TSI DSG with a dual-clutch auto, autonomous emergency braking, six airbags, multi-collision braking (which applies the brakes after the first impact to help stop further collisions), a hill-hold system, reverse camera, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, central touchscreen, Bluetooth telephony and audio streaming, MP3/USB/ AUX/SD card compatibility, trip computer, leather-clad wheel, a boot net, flexible storage compartment, idle-stop and powered and heated exterior mirrors.

For a small outlay you could also get your new Fabia fitted with around $3k worth of extra goodies including cruise control, metallic paint and a snazzy Sports Pack.  Bringing the Fabia’s sharp lines even more to life, the Sports Pack adds 17-inch alloys, bigger Bridgestone Potenza tyres, stylish front LED daytime running lights with projector headlights, a sports suspension (firmer and lower-riding), rear parking sensors, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, a front centre armrest and even privacy glass.  That’s pretty sharp value for money or quality meets the price ratio or more bang for your buck or even a real steal.  It is great value anyhow!

Slip into the Fabia’s cabin and you’ll enjoy big doors which open up nice-and-wide, and then shut closed with a solid thump.  The cabin is spacious and practical with a nice amount of natural light entering in – thanks to the deep window height.  The seats are comfortable, and the deep windows provide excellent vision all round.  Rear seat passengers will enjoy class-leading space, and features like split-folding rear seat backs and Isofix fasteners make family life that much easier in the Skoda Fabia range.

2019 Skoda Fabia Interior

VW owns Skoda, so as not to take too much away from a VW Polo or Golf, the Fabia has slightly cheaper plastics, a front passenger seat without height adjustment and a less sophisticated touchscreen and lower grade sound insulation material.  That said, the quality is actually very good – it is ultimately a VW product after all.

The sports pack ($1800) adds 17-inch grey alloy wheels or 16-inch black alloy wheels with a black roof, A-pillar and mirror caps. It also brings sports suspension, rear parking sensors, cruise control and a flat-bottom steering wheel, tinted windows and front armrest.

The premium sports pack ($3600) is double the price of the others but gets everything from the sports pack above, plus adaptive cruise control, climate control, digital radio, twin USB ports in the back seat, a fatigue detection system and keyless entry and push-button engine start.

Safety for the Fabia supermini is five-star – just the result you’ll want to hear.  Front knee, side and head airbags are all standard.  Autonomous braking and ESC are present features that just make the task of driving that much easier and safer.  On the road, the Fabia is accomplished and comfortable, with excellent brakes and road holding.  If you opt for the Sports Pack suspension upgrade you’ll definitely feel the ride has hardened right up.

Skoda hasn’t made a big song and dance over the few 2018 modifications.  However, the likeable Fabia supermini now has an 81 kW/200 Nm 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine which has a big improvement on available torque across the range.  Up by 25 Nm, the new engine does feel livelier than ever.  VW claim that the 2018 Skoda Fabia with the 1.0-litre motor has an official combined average fuel consumption of around 4.6 litres/100 km (0.2 litres per 100 km better than the 1.2-litre).  The DSG auto shuffles between all seven ratios in fine form, and does make for impressive progress.  A 0-100 km/h sprint can be over in less than ten seconds.

Buy a new Skoda Fabia Hatch or wagon and you’ll enjoy a 5-year/unlimited km warranty, and servicing intervals are set at 15,000km or 12 months.  You’ll also drive a supermini with a somewhat exotic flavour.

2019 Skoda Fabia 1.0TSI

The 2018 Skoda Fabia models include the:

  • Fabia Hatch 1.0 TSI

For any more information on the new Skoda Fabia 1.0TSI models or, for that matter, any other new car, contact one of our friendly consultants on 1300 303 181.  If you’d like some fleet discount pricing (yes even for private buyers!), we can submit vehicle quote requests out to our national network of Skoda dealers and come back with pricing within 24 hours.  Private Fleet – car buying made easy!