ON TEST WITH
Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo 1.0 TSi 95PS
Price from: £16,100
The technology in cars has developed over the years, so much so that now there is talk of someone hacking into the brain of a car the moment we connect to the mobile internet.
If this actually did happen while I was driving, the solution would be to just turn off your mobile phone while driving which we should all be doing anyway.
However, I’ll focus on the technology behind this Skoda Fabia.
Power and Efficiency: The 1.0-litre 95PS TSi petrol engine is fantastic and it pulls great. There’s a good range of torque (160Nm) and 0-62mph time is OK at 10.6sec. You can also expect a top speed of around 115mph. Fuel consumption is also good, giving you a combined figure of 64mpg.
On the road: The Fabia is not bad at all and there is nothing to complain about because all models throughout the years have all had excellent road holding capabilities.
The five-speed gearbox is a peach to use and you get a positive feedback through the steering wheel as to what the road beneath you is doing thanks to the sporty nature of the suspension.
Interior and Technology: The new Fabia Monte Carlo has a lot to offer a modern driver like style, comfort and practicality. Skoda says that the Fabia turns heads wherever it goes with its dynamic style and elegant lines.
I personally believe this to be a very good description if I’m being honest.
Inside, the overall quality and feel is good and exceptionally spacious in the rear for a compact car. There is also plenty of standard kit – like 16-inch Italia black alloy wheels, acoustic rear parking sensors, black decorative inserts, black radiator grille and door mirrors, Bluetooth, curtain airbags, DAB digital radio, door sill inserts with Monte Carlo logo (front only), front fog lights, front sports seats, LED daytime running lights, manual air conditioning, Monte Carlo badge on the B pillar, Monte Carlo pedals, panoramic glass sunroof, sports leather multi-function steering wheel and more.
Safety also seems paramount for Skoda because the Fabia is fitted with front side airbags, curtain airbags and a driver’s and front passenger airbag.
Space inside any compact car is important for many reasons and this does not disappoint by managing to fit in a large family with relative ease.
To sum up: The Fabia is a good car with a good price tag. It gives you all the things you will need from a compact family car. For me it’s fun to drive and has bags of space and equipment inside, which would make it a five star car – something of a rarity from me.