Skoda: 2015 Fabia Dynamic Sport review

Skoda: 2015 Fabia Dynamic Sport review

I just bought some bi-fold cupboard doors: $1200 for four pieces of melamine and some hinges. Granted, they are 2.3m tall and 1.8m wide, but I could have had 5 nights in Bali (including the flight) for the same amount.

Skoda Fabia 81kW 2015 frontIt’s the same when you look at how much goes into four cupboard doors compared to what goes into this Skoda Fabia, which requires gigantic factories and a long journey by ship. Could you say that, at $26,990, it’s only worth Skoda Fabia 81kW 2015 rearjust under $26,000 more than my cupboard doors?

This is a value paradox which is happening worldwide: things that you think should be cheap seem to be expensive while things that seem to have a lot of value are cheap.

The Skoda Fabia appears, on Skoda Fabia 81kW 2015 rear quarterthe face of it, to have a lot of value. When I looked behind the face and into the guts of it, my opinion wasn’t changed; this is a quality car that’s probably five grand cheaper than where it could sit if it had VW on the nose rather than Skoda. It’s a car that gives Mazda’s excellent Mazda2 a Skoda Fabia 81kW 2015 front interiorgood slap around the chops and goes on to stick its tongue out at the Ford Fiesta.

Firstly there’s the driving dynamics. With 81kW 1.2-litre turbocharged engine coupled to a 7-speed DSG gearbox, the Fabia doesn’t lurch off the line, but liberates its urges once it gets moving. The dual-clutch gearbox has a sport mode and, with the rapid shifts, gives a very satisfying back country drive. I hate the word ‘nippy’, but there, I said it.

The steering feel is very positive and with plenty of turn-in it feels sharp – a bit like a Suzuki Swift Sport, but unlike the Swift Sport there’s way more interior room and it feels more solid.

The Fabia is full of storage compartments that put larger cars to shame. There’s a sunglasses compartment, a small concealed compartment in the front armrest, a box under both front seats, large bins in the door that take a good-sized bottle, and glovebox with decent volume and some stretchy pockets.

Second is that it’s comfortable, and not just for the driver. Rear seat passengers don’t have acres of legroom but it’s not cramped either. I had no complaints from my front seat passenger other than that she was too hot and I was a bit cold and the Fabia doesn’t come with dual climate control.

All-round visibility is excellent. There are reversing sensors and I didn’t feel that it needed a reversing camera. There are six airbags, electronic stability control, rain-sensing wipers and a speed limiter (always useful, and more cars should have one).

While there’s plenty of room in the boot (330 litres with the rear seats up and 1150 litres with the rear seats down) the seats don’t fold flat. There is an excellent trick that the cargo blind does, though: you can install it half way down which allows you to separate objects in the boot, or constrain objects from moving around.

Official combined fuel consumption is 4.7 litres per 100km; my real-world driving was 6.2 litres per 100km.

I was impressed with the Skoda in that it comes with a lot of value. Performance is more than adequate, storage is excellent, comfort is well above average, fuel economy is pretty good and the price is low. The main contenders in this segment are the Mazda2, Suzuki Swift Sport and Ford Fiesta. The Skoda doesn’t look the best, but it more than makes up for it with the rest of the package.

Price: Base model $24,990, with Dynamic Sport package (as tested) $26,990.

Pros

  • Fun to drive
  • Sensibly priced
  • Lots of neat features
  • Valid competition for the Mazda2

Cons

  • Rear seats don’t fold flat
  • Doesn’t look as sharp as a Mazda2 or Ford Fiesta


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