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2019 (69) ŠKODA Fabia 1.0 TSI Monte Carlo 5dr

Linwood SEAT / ŠKODA
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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Exterior temperature gaugeFront assistant collision mitigation
Multi function trip computerPAS
Service interval indicatorSmartLink plus

Entertainment

Auxiliary socket for external MP3 playerDAB Digital radio
Radio swing plus with 6.5" touchscreen display, Bluetooth, SD card slot, USB port and 6 speakers 

Exterior Features

Black roofBody colour bumpers
Body colour door mirrors and handlesDoor sill inserts with Monte Carlo logo
Electric front windowsElectric rear windows
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrorsHeated rear window
Height adjustable headlampsIlluminated door sill inserts
Intermittent rear wash/wipeLED daytime running lights
LED rear combination lampMonte Carlo logo and exterior styling including rear spoiler, rear diffuser, front grille and door mirrors in black
Privacy glassRear fog lights
Tinted windscreen 

Interior Features

1.5L bottle holder in front door panels2 height adjustable rear headrests
60/40 split folding rear seatBoot stowage box
Cargo area storage trayClimate control air conditioning
Folding grab handlesFront and rear interior lights
Front reading lightsHeight adjustable driver's seat
Height adjustable passenger seatHeight/reach adjust steering wheel
Isofix child seat mounting points on outer rear seatsLeather handbrake and gearshift lever
Lower glovebox coverLuggage hooks in the boot
Monte Carlo styling carbon leather bolstered seatsMultifunction sports leather steering wheel with red stitching
Parcel shelfPearl grey headlining
Pollen filterRear courtesy light
Rear storage traysSunvisors with vanity mirrors
Textile floor mat setTicket holder
Umbrella under front passenger seat 

Safety

3x3 point rear seatbeltsCurtain and side airbags
Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivationESC includes ABS, MSR, ASR, EDS and HBA
Front and rear passenger seatbelt warning lightFront seatbelt pretensioners
Tyre pressure monitor 

Security

Alarm with interior monitoringImmobiliser
Locking wheel boltsRemote central locking
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)103NOx0.027
Particles0.0001Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC999Compression Ratio10.5:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders3
Cylinders - Bore (mm)74.5Cylinders - Stroke (mm)76.4
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryTURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears5 SPEEDNumber of Valves12
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)62.8EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)72.4EC Urban (mpg)49.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max6.1WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max6.4WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min6.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max5.3WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min4.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max7.2WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min6.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max5.7WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min5.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max46.3WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min50.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max44.1WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min46.3
WLTP - MPG - High - Max53.3WLTP - MPG - High - Min57.7
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max39.2WLTP - MPG - Low - Min41.5
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max49.6WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min54.3

General

Badge Engine CC1.0Badge Power95
Coin DescriptionTSICoin SeriesMonte Carlo
Generation Mark3Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 079E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)10.7Engine Power - BHP95
Engine Power - KW70Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5000Engine Torque - LBS.FT118
Engine Torque - MKG16.3Engine Torque - NM160
Engine Torque - RPM1800Top Speed115

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleSecond Act 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front215/45 R16
Tyre Size Rear215/45 R16Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style10 SPOKE ITALIAWheel Type16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1452Length4009
Wheelbase2470Width1732
Width (including mirrors)1958 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)45Gross Vehicle Weight1571
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1150Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)330
Max. Loading Weight530Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1000Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked550
Minimum Kerbweight1041No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb9.8
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Skoda Fabia

Skoda's third-generation Fabia supermini aims at a younger audience and has in recent times been improved with smarter styling and more sophisticated petrol power. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

Skoda has upped the ante with this improved version of its third-generation Fabia, introducing sharper, more assertive styling and clever tech that has been bringing down the average age of its customers. With plenty of space inside and improved levels of safety and media connectivity, the Fabia seems to be getting the basics spot on these days and further benefits from an impressive 1.0-litre TSI three cylinder powerplant.

Background

The Skoda Fabia surprised most people when the first generation version arrived back in 2001. After all, it succeeded the wholly unlovely Felicia and so a rating of 'only slightly rubbish' would have been a soaring success. In fact it was a little gem, well built, economical and keenly priced. It helped kick-start the success of modern Skoda as we know it today. The second generation version launched in 2007 and brought additional sophistication, which meant that the bar was set a lot higher for this MK3 model which was announced late in 2014. It still exceeded expectations though, bigger and more sophisticated than before. One of its few weaker points was the 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine that accounted for the majority of sales, but Skoda has now sorted that issue by dispensing with that powerplant. In its place is an altogether more modern three cylinder 1.0-litre TSI unit, solely available 95PS.

Driving Experience

Because this is merely an update of an existing design, this revised MK3 Fabia doesn't get the Volkswagen Group's latest MQB A0 platform, as used by its cousins, latest versions of the Volkswagen Polo and the SEAT Ibiza. Its older MQB chassis is still quite sophisticated though and to it can be bolted the 95PS version of the 1.0 TSI turbo petrol engine you'd find in the two rival models just mentioned. This is the only powerplant you can now have in a Fabia and it can only be mated mated to manual transmission. 62mph from rest takes 10.7s en route to 115mph. On the move, Skoda has worked hard to endow the Fabia with a supple ride, decent body control and low-effort steering. Once you've made the right engine choice, you'll get yourself undemanding transport that on occasion can offer up a few driving rewards. Despite the addition of an XDS+ electronic differential system that aids corner turn-in, these benefits won't really manifest themselves if you're the kind of person who likes to drive on your doorhandles. But then if that's your preference, you probably wouldn't be looking at a Fabia in the first place.

Design and Build

The Fabia's changed - but certainly not beyond recognition. Front and rear design updates deliver a smarter appearance and there are more stylish wheel designs of up to 18-inches in size. Shaplier headlights and front fog lights with sleeker outlines and state-of-the-art lighting technology also freshen up the look, LED headlights and LED rear lights being offered for the first time. Inside, there's a redesigned instrument cluster, smarter trim strips for the dashboard and two-tone finishes for the seats to update the interior. As before, there's a five-door Hatch bodystyle, or an Estate with a class-leading 530-litre boot capacity. With the Hatch variant, the boot is also the largest within the car's segment at 330-litres and the loading area is 960mm wide. With the rear seats folded down in Hatch models, loading capacity increases up to 1,150-litres. To help make good use of the room on offer, there's are various load-securing nets offered as part of the optional 'Simply Clever' practicality package. Plus there's a two-position luggage compartment shelf that'll keep fragile items off the boot floor. And folding hooks to stop your shopping from spilling out of its bag on your way back from the supermarket. All passengers get impressive levels of headroom by supermini standards. Do rear seat folk have to pay for all that cargo capacity we mentioned? Not really. This was always one of the very few superminis in which three fully-sized adults could just about sit alongside each other - at least for short journeys. It still is. Try doing that in a Fiesta.

Market and Model

There's a choice of either five-door Hatch or estate bodystyles. There are five familiar trim levels; 'S', 'SE', 'Colour Edition', 'SE L' and 'Monte Carlo. Prices start at around the £14,000 mark, so though this Fabia is no longer a huge bargain amongst superminis, it's still very well priced. There's a £1,000 premium if you want the Estate. A key improvement made to this revised model is the addition of the brand's 'Swing' centre-dash infotainment monitor, a 6.5-inch display that also allows drivers to use the full range of mobile online services from 'Skoda Connect'. The 'Connect' package consists of two things; 'Infotainment Online' gives you online traffic information and can update you on things like fuel prices, parking spaces, current news and weather. Then there are the so-called 'CareConnect Services' which allow you to monitor your car from your smartphone, plus the set-up includes a breakdown call function and will automatically alert the emergency services if the airbags go off in an accident. Further up the Fabia range, buyers are offered the more sophisticated 'Amundsen' navigation system, which features an Online Traffic Information service with real-time information on traffic hold-ups. Meanwhile, innovative SmartLink+ technology makes it possible to enjoy all the benefits of the Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink and SmartGate standards. There have been some safety additions too, including Blind Spot Detection and a Rear Traffic Alert system that monitors what is going on behind the vehicle and warns of a risk of collision when reversing. Another newly available feature is Light Assist, which automatically switches to low beam as soon as the system detects oncoming traffic or vehicles ahead.

Cost of Ownership

The 1.0-litre engine turns in some excellent economy figures. In the old Fabia 1.2 TSI, you could count on around 61mpg from the 1.2-litre unit; now with the 95PS 1.0-litre TSI hatch variant, you're good for up to 46.3mpg (WLTP) with emissions rated at just 103g/km. Go for the Estate and the figures are the same. This means that in the real world, a 1.0-litre TSI petrol-powered Fabia could easier end up being more economic overall than some supermini diesel models. Fabias have always held very firm when it comes to residual values, used buyers valuing the Volkswagen Group input and resolute build quality. Insurance has also been very cheap, reflecting the mature owner profile. Will that change now that Skoda is aiming at a younger demographic? We'll have to wait on that one.

Summary

The Fabia has done very well for Skoda. Close to 4 million cars have sold to date, which is quite some success story given that the Fabia is not a vehicle of absolutes. It's not the cheapest, the most economical, the most stylish or the most fun to drive car in its class. Instead, it blends a mix of abilities and can probably be described as the car that offers the most quality for your pound in its sector. Appealing to subtlety in this way has seen many good cars sink without a trace. This improved third generation Fabia takes a risk in deviating from the script, looking to secure a new tranche of younger buyers thanks to its sharper styling and cleverer tech. Will it succeed? We wouldn't bet against it.

Performance
60%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
80%
Styling
60%
Build
70%
Value
80%
Equipment
60%
Economy
70%
Depreciation
70%
Insurance
70%

* This vehicle is affected by the new 2020 road tax rules. Find out more

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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Monthly payment£258.11
Deposit£249
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Cash price£14,298
Credit amount£14,049
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£5308
Total amount payable£17,689.17
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge3.27p per mile
Representative APR8.9%
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