The Fabia Combi, badged as the Fabia Estate in the UK, is one of the most popular wagons in its class. Its low price has made it a top seller. Now Skoda is upping the ante even further. It's taken the best elements of the old model and refined or expanded them. Our test car is fitted with the most powerful engine currently offered: a 1-point-2 liter gasoline engine.
Once it's overcome the initial turbo lag, the 81 KiloWatt engine feels more sporty than sensible. Coupled with a manual transmission, it propels the car from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 9-point-6 seconds. Those who take their time and meet the the New European Driving Cycle criteria can get fuel consumption of less than 5-liters per 100 kilometers.
The Fabia Combi's engine range currently comprises 3 gasoline units and two diesels.
The Fabia wagon has 530 liters of trunk space. Not enough? Just flip the rear seat bench down and you have almost 1400. Various cargo nets are distributed throughout the trunk. Drawback: the annoying height of the seat bench when flipped down.
Out on the street, Emmanuel puts the new Fabia's suspension to the test. What's his impression?
Emmanuel Schäfer, car tester
He calls the Fabia's suspension 'conspicuously inconspicuous', assuming you don't try to break any speed records on curves. In THAT case it can feel a little sluggish.
Front Assist is available as an optional extra. It applies the brakes when detecting a risk of collision. On this front, the Fabia can easily keep pace with the systems offered by its competitors.
The Fabia also boasts comfy seats and a nice instrument layout. Though anyone wanting to use the sat nav has to cope with a tangle of cables.
Skoda has equipped the Fabia Combi with MirrorLink. This system permits dashboard operation of compatible smartphones. It mirrors the screen on the phone, letting the driver use navigation apps or listen to their music.
The BUILT-IN sat nav won't be available until the end of May.