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Gone are the days when Skoda was an unknown brand in India, currently it’s a very well known auto maker not only around the world but also in our country. It largely made a name with its Octavia and Laura which became a benchmark in terms of best in segment quality and safety. Both the models are still regarded as tank-like built cars that can handle the typical Indian terrain with ease and smile on. Along with the Superb which now is the top seller in its segment, Skoda launched its first hatch the Fabia in 2008. This was Skoda very first attempt at a hatch for India and frankly it didn’t get them the volumes that they expected. The Fabia soon went on to be known for being the most costly hatch of its time. Time went on and newer hatches began to hit the Indian scene. Cars like the i20, Polo, Punto, Indica Vista etc all began to make the Fabia look very expensive and Skoda had to do something out of the way to make the Fabia’s presence felt. Now with the Chakan facility of Volkswagen being shared by the Polo, Vento and the Fabia an easy route was found and here we have the latest refreshed Fabia, better looking, better equipped and most important superbly priced.  Now available with the Polo’s heart in 1.2 Petrol, 1.2 Diesel and 1.6 Petrol, we chose to review the Skoda Fabia Diesel because we know that the biggest chunk in the sales for the new Fabia would be for this variant. Read on to know more about this new kid on the block from the Czech auto giant.

 

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Skoda Fabia Diesel Design Exteriors and Interiors

The new Skoda Fabia Diesel that we see here has now got a new front, the car gets the dynamic new face from Skoda, this new front grille is seen on the Superb and the new Laura in recent times. The front has more lines on the bonnet and looks very classy to view front on. The new grill and the chrome nose with Skoda badge on it makes the new Skoda Fabia Diesel look more like a miniature Superb/Laura and helps giving the Fabia a very mature look. The outgoing Fabia now instantly looks dated thanks to the chiseled lines and sharp body lines. An all new head lamp design has been also incorporated,

 

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a larger headlight with a warp-round pushback look to it. The large bumper in the front has chunky shaped fog lamps which are more like that on the Superb. We are happy that the old circular fog lamps have gone to the bin. So we have a all new much larger clear headlamps and a large body-lined fog lamps along with the dynamic front grill with the Skoda logo on it not forgetting the chrome garnish around it. The side profile remains the same with the floating roof and blacked out pillars that give the Skoda Fabia Diesel its unique look. At the rear the tail lamps look similar but now seem chunkier. The one piece roof top is retained and the Superb like radio antenna comes in. A body integrated spoiler is appealing while the rear defogger and wash-wipe is sorely missed.

On the inside things are very bright thanks to the beige interiors and seat fabric. The dash is a two tone affair with the top made of best in class soft rubbery material which you can sink your fingers in and the lower half of the dash in black. Steering is a 4 spoke Skoda family shaped one that again is supreme to hold and feel. Adjustment for height and reach is available on the steering which is a very helpful feature. The instrument cluster is ditto the Polos except for the backlight for the speedo and the MID display being green. A Skoda-Beat CD/Radio player sits on the centre dash and above it is the manual AC.

 

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The Skodas are known for large interiors in their cars and the Skoda Fabia Diesel too has loads of space in its cabin. The AC vents have individual knobs and can be shut or opened as per your needs. The Fabia has a fairly small glove box and to compensate this there is another storage box with its door opening upwards just above the main glove box. This twin opening 2nd glove box is in fact very handy to keep your nick-knacks. Also noteworthy is the lighting in the main glove box which is unseen in this segment so far. The centre console has a cleverly done twin can holder which has carpet on them, loads of space in front of this can holder. The gear know is very well shaped and to add to the elegance a bit of chrome is added on it and also on the base of the shifter. Lots of storage space in the door panels, under the steering help in the storage matters. Ah and we just fell in love with the door opener and the arm rest on the door pads, awesomely ergonomic.

 

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The driver’s seat has height adjust which is a very positive feature to have especially on a small car. Seats have a very good back support and we noticed a special wing like thing that holds your back and supports its perfectly. Leg room in the front is easily more than its rivals. Seats in the rear are also well contoured and support is spot on. Adjustable headrests on the rear are welcome but can be a issue with short drivers whole reversing but not much to worry about as they can even use the wing mirrors. Speaking about which we would have liked powered wing mirrors at least on this top end version of the Skoda Fabia Diesel.

Not forgetting the manual wing mirror adjust knob being very ergonomically placed, well in reach of the driver. The Fabias boot can eat up 315litres worth of stuff that you can manage to throw in and if you want more then fold down the rear seats and get rid of the parcel tray and explore 1180 litres of a playground to fill stuff. The boot lid also has the typical Skoda handle which is fitted inside the boot door, this handle is very useful when it comes to closing the boot especially for someone who is not very tall. All in all the new Skoda Fabia Diesel interiors oozes top class quality, fit and finish and best craftsmanship.

 

Skoda Fabia Diesel Engine

The new Skoda Fabia comes powered with 3 engine options to choose from – 1.2 DOCH 3 cylinder Petrol that makes 75 bhp and has 110 Nm of torque, a 3 cylinder 1.2 TDi Diesel unit that also makes 75bhp but has 180Nm of torque and a sporty 4 cylinder 1.6 Petrol 4 cylinder engine that has 105 bhp and 153Nm of torque on it. To tell you a secret these are the same engines that also do their duty on the Polos and the 1.6 does its shift on the Vento. The Skoda’s are cousins to the Volkswagen (Volkswagen and Skoda belong to the large VW Group). As we mentioned earlier we driving the 1.2 Diesel top of the line Elegance version. Enough of the tech specs, let’s find out how really these figures really materialize in action.

 

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Start the engine and it idles smoothly in a very sedate manner very unlike for a 3 pot Diesel. Rev the throttle and the diesel unit wakes up to a very free rev. Noteworthy here is that even after revving the RPM to 5k the cabin feels very silent and vibration free. Shift into the 1st and the car moves ahead sanely, nothing out of this world but hang on for a few seconds more. This is when the high pressure turbo charger enters and takes full command of the power delivery. At precisely 1800rpm the turbo kicks in, the power after this is very good and never does one get a chance to remember that this is a 3 cylinder car. The torque delivery is sane but quick and the 2nd and the 3rd gears are fun to play with. Once you are in the turbo power band the Skoda Fabia Diesel transforms into a pocket rocket. Gear shifts are precise and ratios are well balanced and spread out. The Fabia gives you the drive feel of a big car. It drives nicely on all types of roads and behaves at its best even on broken and battered roads. The suspension setup is now much more better and is perfectly tuned to soak the bumps. The smooth ride quality is also owing to the chunky tyres of 175/70 R14 specifications. The steering is adequately balanced and the feedback is lively. During cornering and sharp turns there are no signs of any body roll and the Skoda Fabia Diesel maintains its dignity with highest regards.

 

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The Front disc brakes and rear drum brakes aided with ABS ensure that this pocket rocket comes to a halt as and when the driver orders it to. Skoda is one company that does not boast that its car is equipped with ABS as many other car makers do by putting special ABS stickers on the boot.

Safety levels are typically high as in all Skoda cars. 2 front airbags come on the Ambiente and Elegance models while the driver airbag is standard also on the base Classic variant.

 

Skoda Fabia Mileage, Fuel Efficiency and Performance

The Skoda Fabia Diesel which has loads of power under its belt is efficient as well. We recorded a mileage figure of 16kmpl in city conditions and 18.5kmpl on highway roads which is an extremely remarkable figure for a car that weighs 1100kgs.

 

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We managed to hit the speeds of 160kmph with ease on this Diesel dynamo and it would do a bit more if only we had clear roads.

 

Verdict

Skoda is now a tried and trusted car brand in India, its earned its name for being one of the safer car here and also for being a VFM brand. The earlier Skoda Fabia Diesel was a bit early for its time and a bit over priced too. Now with this new evolution of the Fabia with much trimmed price range and an very efficient Petrol and Diesel options and a racers delight 1.6 Petrol version we are sure that the New Skoda Fabia Diesel will surely be very well accepted.

 

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The bottom line here is that, Skoda Fabia Diesel is a well accepted brand name among car buyers in India and it also has the VW facility at Chakan at its disposal where a host of engine options too are sourced from, spot-on pricing making it a very good VFM car in the large hatch segment. Nothing much can stop the new Fabia from selling in large numbers.

 

Skoda Fabia Diesel Prices (Ex Showroom Maharashtra)

1.2TDi Classic Rs. 523,225
1.2TDi Ambiente Rs. 573,259
1.2TDi Elegance Rs. 649,776

 

Things we liked in Skoda Fabia Diesel

1.    Easily the best in class fit-finish and quality.
2.    Competent and efficient TDi Diesel engine.
3.    Mature road manners.
4.    Simple and elegant dash layout.
5.    Blacked out pillars.
6.    Best in class front seats.
7.    Roomy cabin.
8.    All 4 windows auto up and down.
9.    Minute attention to detail. For example the Can holder near the gear shifter has carpet laid in it. A handle for closing the boot, ergonomically placed wing mirror adjust knob.
10.  Superb pricing.

 

Things we missed in Skoda Fabia Diesel

1.    Electric mirrors.
2.    Audio controls on steering.
3.    Slightly larger glove box.

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  • Variants
    Ex-Showrom Price
  • 1.2L Diesel Elegance
    7,51,074
  • 1.2 TDI Ambition Plus
    6,64,868
  • 1.6 MPI Elegance
    6,59,818
  • 1.2 MPI Elegance
    6,29,397
  • 1.2 TDI Active Plus
    6,24,332
  • 1.2 MPI Ambition Plus
    5,43,191
  • 1.2 MPI Active Plus
    5,02,768
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 Comments on "Skoda Fabia Diesel"

Asked By therumallappa 07 Nov,2010 01:05:20 PM

SIR kindly compare swift diesel with Fabia diesel engine. regards

Reply By team CarDekho 11 Nov,2010 06:59:44 PM

The Diesel Fabia has a 3 Cylinder 1.2 CRDI engine while the Swift has a 1.3 MJI Diesel engine. The Fabia Diesel has 75PS of power and 180Nm of torque while the Swift has 75PS of power and 190Nm of torque. The Swift is more powerful but the Fabia is much better built and more fun to drive.

Reply By By Team CarDekho 11 Nov,2010 07:19:04 PM

The Diesel Fabia has a 3 Cylinder 1.2 CRDI engine while the Swift has a 1.3 MJI Diesel engine. The Fabia Diesel has 75PS of power and 180Nm of torque while the Swift has 75PS of power and 190Nm of torque. The Swift is more powerful but the Fabia is much better built and more fun to drive. Thanks, CarDekho Team

Reply By Pranabesh 04 Jan,2012 11:20:36 AM

Hi, I have a new Skoda Fabia diesel - Dec -2011. This is the top end model & comes with 15 alloy wheel & rear wiper & defogger (missing in earlier models). We also have a new Suzuki Swift ZDI. Swift engine is little smooth in lower gears. Mileage is almost same. But when it comes to driving Swift is no match to Fabia. Swift interiors are more flashy & modern, where as Fabia is decent & elegant. Fabia breaking is the best in its class. Even at 170 k/h the car is absolutely stable. Overall I found the new Fabia is superior to the new. Swift.

Asked By kiran 07 Nov,2010 11:29:01 PM

May i get similar review of 1.2 MPI engine

Asked By brinda takley 10 Nov,2010 02:50:26 PM

May I have road test review of the ambiente(petrol) . Ex pune it is 4.6 lacs..... how does it compare with the others.Also a feedback on the spare parts and maintenance scene thanks and regards

Asked By Milind 19 Nov,2010 07:41:21 PM

Everything with the Car is fine but They have done cost cutting by removing the rear De fogger & Wiper. Can these be fitted outside from a local vendor? No Audio Controls on Steering and no electric mirrors are a bummer.. How does it compare to the Jazz as a Car Plus what average would the 1.6 give me if I decide for that against the Jazz?

Reply By Uday Mantur 18 Jan,2011 04:11:01 PM

I own a Fabia Ambient diesel, it is a good vehicle if you are looking for good mileage and comfort driving. But comparing Jazz with Fabia would be unfair, as they both have different specification and different fuel type. If you are comparing Jazz with Fabia petrol, I would prefer Jazz as this is worth the money you pay for it, this car has got lots of safety gadgets you do not find in Fabia. Jazz has more space comfort and smoother engine as compared to any hatchbacks in India and plays a fair deal for manipulating the hatchback market with no better features to overtake it. When you look at cost, Jazz in Bangalore is on road 8.5lks for basic model but the Elegance in Fabia comes to 8.3lks. Before selecting your car, I would suggest you to have a test drive of both these cars, and you will find the major difference what I specified.

Asked By CarDekho Team 20 Nov,2010 05:42:22 PM

You cannot fit the defogger and rear wiper outside, it has to be a company fittment. Yes in fact cost cutting has been done but thats working for the car as after this new version Fabia was launched its sales figure has soared. The Fabia is priced much lower than the Jazz and hence is more value for money, the 1.6 Fabia will give an fuel efficiency of 12.5-14kmpl. Thanks, CarDekho Team

Asked By nizam 28 Nov,2010 05:23:48 PM

its true the prices r reduced but what about the spares,maintanance cost campare to swift,figo,punto is worthy going for fabia,in my knowlage skoda spares r way to costly comapring to others it is true ?

Asked By kiran 07 Dec,2010 12:27:22 PM

fabia parts are now low starting from June 2010 ... go to the dealer n check it out

Asked By vishwas 07 Dec,2010 08:04:51 PM

kindly give me comparision of 1.2 tdi fabia with swift diesel , considering factors, mileage, after sales service cost , cost of spares . kindly reply at the earliest as i have to decide about buying one of these hatchbacks.

Asked By CarDekho Team 08 Dec,2010 05:01:54 PM

The 1.2 Tdi Fabia has a 3 cylinder engine same as the Polo while the Swift has a 4 cylinder Multijet engine. The Swift has more outright power and better top speed as well but the Fabia wins in the handling and build quality department. Both the engines are good and efficient. Maintenance on the Swift would be easier and cheaper so would be the spare parts pricing. If you want best in class fit finish and quality get the Fabia or if you want a good car with best after sales go for the Swift. Thanks, CarDekho Team

Asked By Pradeep 18 Dec,2010 12:01:57 AM

hi im confused whether to buy fabia 1.6 now or wait for new swift or etios hatchback. since its my first car m looking for amazing driving experience, great build quality(in terms of safety & interior quality) & reliabilty in tough road conditions as will be using it for off-roading aswell. please advice

Asked By gaurav 15 Jan,2011 02:42:06 PM

hyundai i20 magna or skoda fabia 1.2 ambiente

Asked By abhimanyu 01 Feb,2011 10:12:20 AM

i20 asta crdi or fabia 1.2TDi Elegance ? which is better? daily i drive 50kms so I am opting for a diesel car. this will be my first diesel car so please help.

Reply By CarDekho Team 01 Feb,2011 12:33:46 PM

Dear User, We would like to inform you that Hyundai i20 Asta CRDi is a better option. It has got more features, stylish looks and roomy interiors. The maintenance cost of Hyundai i20 is less as compared to Skoda Fabia. Hyundai i20 diesel is powered by 1.4 liter CRDi engine whereas Skoda Fabia is powered by 1.2 liter diesel engine. Thanks

Reply By pradeep misra 19 Mar,2014 11:53:05 AM

heard a lot about comparison with other hatch....does anybody care about the safety of life anymore..... are you safe in your maruti, hyundai etc cars. you feel safe in a Skoda Fabia... solid built, grips road well, feel safe even at high speeds

Asked By aravind 02 Feb,2011 05:09:12 PM

I am planning to buy my first car. We've shortlisted Fabia 1.2 Petrol, i20 1.2 petrol and Polo 1.2 pet. Kindly suggest me ASAP which is the best option interms of VFM, fuel efficiency, built quality and ASS. Thanks in advance.

Reply By CarDekho Team 03 Feb,2011 03:01:17 PM

Dear User, We would like to inform you that Hyundai i20 is a better option in terms of better mileage, low maintenance cost, excellent service & dealership network and good resale value. Volkswagen Polo and Skoda Fabia are also powerful and stable products, but the maintenance cost of Polo and Fabia is slightly higher as compared to Hyundai i20. For further assistance you can send us your contact number on our id contact@cardekho.com and one of our auto experts will assist you. Thanks

Reply By vijay 16 Oct,2011 07:52:11 AM

Hi Team, Request you to kindly send me a the copy of the spare parts and service maintenance for Skoda Fabia 1.2 TDI. As, am planning to go for it in next month.

Asked By sumit 07 Feb,2011 10:43:51 PM

we are planning to buy our first car. We've shortlisted Fabia 1.2 Petrol, i20 magna petrol and Polo trendline petrol, ford figo vxi petrol. Kindly suggest us which is the best option interms of fuel efficiency, built quality and value for money

Reply By CarDekho Team 08 Feb,2011 04:59:15 PM

Dear User, You can opt for Hyundai i20 as the interior space of Hyundai i20 is spacious, has good fuel efficiency of 14.0 in city conditions and 17.0 kmpl on highways. The maintenance of Hyundai i20 is slightly cheaper compared to Fabia and Polo. Ford Figo can be another good option and the car comes equipped with a wide range of features in a nominal cost. Volkswagen Polo and Skoda Fabia are also good options but maintenance of Polo is slightly higher compared to Hyundai i20. Thanks

Asked By Abhishek 02 Mar,2011 11:19:09 PM

fabia has manual fuel lid with key lock so you have to hand over keys to the fuel pump attendant to get your car filled.

Asked By anil 15 Mar,2011 08:06:14 PM

Sir, I am planning to buy Fabia 1.2 TDI Classic , Could be let me know the annual maintance or servicing charges for this car, I am impressed by fabia however, I am worried about the spares and servicing cost, Please advise thanks.

Reply By G. YUGANDHAR REDDY 21 Dec,2011 09:48:24 AM

Sir, I am planning to buy Fabia 1.2 TDI Classic , Could be let me know the annual maintance or servicing charges for this car, I am impressed by fabia however, I am worried about the spares and servicing cost, Please advise thanks.

Asked By vishu 16 Mar,2011 10:10:48 PM

hello guys , i have booked new skoda fabia 1.2 mpi ambi model ( white )and i am getting the delevery on 24 of this month, i am waiting this car , friend can any one suggest me which Accessories are required for my new ambi model thanks

Asked By yk sharma 21 Apr,2011 08:45:46 PM

sir , i am in a big confusion to choose diesel hatch, my first requirement is good average, second safety, third is maintenance , fourth is comfort and then all other things . Please suggest me witch car is suitable for me . I m confused is Skoda fabia , VW polo, Fiat Grand Punto and Nissan Micra . kindly Compare and suggest with my priorities

Asked By shine 23 Aug,2011 12:23:51 AM

dear car dekho team I want to chose a car in terms of fuel efficiency first then driving pleasure etc kinly help me make the best choice out of figo diesel, polo, micra and new swift

Asked By shine 23 Aug,2011 12:25:01 AM

my budget is around 5.5 lac

Asked By Pratik M Ruthia 31 Aug,2011 12:08:12 PM

TO THE EXPERTS @ CARDEKHO.COM SIR , WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHICH ONE OF THE THE THREE SHOULD BE PURCHASED IF WE WANT BEST IN EVRYTHING ...... NEW SKODA FABIA 1.2TDI ELEGANCE NEW HONDA JAZZ X VW POLO 1.2TDI TOPEND .... AWAITING URS REPLY ... THANKS .......!

Asked By rajat 05 Nov,2011 10:39:20 PM

sir i am in a big confusion to choose between diesel and petrol. my daily usage is 25-30 km with a time span of 40-50 min drive. pls suggest. my confusion is b/w new swift diesel and honda jazz..... priorty is first comfort and then mileage.

Asked By jatinder Singh 19 May,2012 12:28:59 PM

Sir, As iam planning to buy a diesal hatch . Iam confused between Skoda fabia,Maruti swift, nissan Micra. Daily iam travelling 50-60 KM On test drive i found Fabia the best, but iam worried about the maintenance cost/parts availability for Fabia, is there very large difference between the maintenance cost for skoda and maruti. Pls help me for this, or suggest any other diesal car which is best to drive with low maintenence. Jatinder Singh

Asked By Jatinder Singh 19 May,2012 01:37:03 PM

Sir, I want to buy Diesal Hatchback and confused between Swift Diesal and Skoda fabia.In the test drive i found the fabia best in class but i heard that the spare parts are costly and in some cases they are not available.Pls suggest whether regarding maintenance their is lot of difference between Fabia and swift. Is their any other car which you want to suggest Jatinder Singh

Asked By Manoj 28 May,2012 04:35:20 PM

Service interval for fabia is 15000 kms whereas it is 10000 kms for swift.spare cost is slightly higher but affordable for a good pick.Did you checked rear passenger comfort in Fabia.?

Asked By H M Mistry 28 May,2012 08:28:59 PM

I am considering which is a better option, the Polo Highline Diesel or the Skoda Fabia Diesel Scout. Fuel economy in city traffic, sturdiness, space on rear seat and luggage storage space are a big consideration.

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