2010 Skoda Fabia Cool Edition 1.6 TDi turbo diesel from Germany

Summary:

An adorable, fun car which I was sad to sell

Faults:

Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

It took me a while to warm up to the Fabia, but a road trip halfway across Germany broke the ice. It was fun, with enough power to get along, good enough chassis to be "chuckable", and quite a lot of personality for a mass-produced box.

The interior was basic, but adequate; with enough space for 4 adults or (just) able to fit 3 child booster seats (up to 2 with backs and headrests, plus a small booster) across the rear seats.

The furthest I drove it in one go was 900km, and it coped just fine with the motorway, although having cruise control would have made things less tiring. Allowing for the speedo not being entirely accurate at high speed, it was able to achieve the official top speed of 175km/h on the autobahn too. I only sold it because I got a great offer to part exchange it...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st September, 2016

2010 Skoda Fabia vRS 1.4 TSI 180bhp DSG from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Overall a not bad car, but let down by no manual option

Faults:

Nothing as yet.

General Comments:

This is a very fast Fabia. Very powerful, but let down a little by the automatic DSG gearbox, which makes the driving experience not quite as precise and instant as I would like. Hesitates when pulling away from junctions / roundabouts, which means more care needs to be taken in those situations. There is no manual option.

The 1.4 TSI 180 bhp engine is powerful, being supercharged, and then turbocharged at higher revs. So lots of fun if you have the space to indulge.

Other niggles which spoil a potentially great car. No front fogs: these are now daylight running lights. No interior rear light. (Cheap or what?) Darkened rear windows: OK, I know these seem to be favoured by some (why?), but they're just pretentious.

Good points? Heated seats. Heated mirrors. Ipod/iPhone/ compatible bluetooth sound system with voice control. Reversing sensors. Comfortable seats. Electronics, which help when cornering quickly, braking the inside wheels. Holds the road well enough. Not too firm.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd February, 2011