First ride in the Skoda Fabia 2022
Skoda is launching the fourth generation of its entry-level Fabia. And one thing is certain: this Fabia will hurt the competition.
Ford Fiesta, Opel Corsa, Renault Clio, Peugeot 208 and of course the corporate brother VW Polo – they can all get dressed warmly from autumn. They still have a few months to hang out, but from September it will be uncomfortable, because the new Skoda Fabia will shake up the small car class, especially in Europe. With a length of 4.11 meters, the Czech has grown quite a bit, because before that he barely scratched the four-meter mark. Thanks to the MQB platform used for the first time, the fourth-generation Fabia offers more wheelbase, more width and less height – the new Fabia is simply better than its predecessor and also makes most of its competitors look old. This is underlined not only by the precisely drawn flank, but also by larger wheels and the obligatory LED lights on the front and rear with the bold roof edge spoiler. “With the new Fabia, Skoda is consistently developing its design language,” explains chief designer Oliver Stefani, “the compact hatchback is visually extremely sporty and elegant: Sculptural lines, dynamic proportions and modern lighting units with LED technology and the crystalline structures typical of Skoda provide for a dynamic and modern visual presence. ”
The inside is tidy despite its compact dimensions. As always with Skoda, a touch too sober and not overly charming – but once again up to date. The seats fit, the space at the front anyway and next to them the driver looks at animated instruments and a central multifunctional screen, which in the basic version with a screen diagonal of just six inches for a vehicle from the 2022 model year offers little. The larger systems with eight and nine inches are better – then the display element also fits the modern and clear operating modules of the Czech. The rear is a bit tight due to the class; but the cargo space is a direct hit. Compared to its anything but small predecessor, this has grown again to 380 liters – that is now Golf level. If you fold down the rear seats, you can use up to 1,190 liters. More is not possible in this class.
As expected, the economical diesel engines were also eliminated from the new Fabia. Whether the old one-liter naturally aspirated engines with five-speed manual transmission and 65 or 80 hp had to stay in the range is the axis of view. As with the small entry screen and the 15-inch wheelset, Skoda CEO Thomas Schäfer points out that there are price-sensitive markets that would be satisfied with it. The two one-liter turbos with 70 kW / 95 PS or 81 kW / 110 PS are much better suited for the Skoda Fabia IV. The transitional top model should be up to 200 km / h and attract with a standard consumption of 5.0 liters of super. The Skoda Fabia has copied a trend from higher-class vehicles, because only 40 liters of the 50-liter tank can be used ex works. The additional ten liters of volume can be paid for by Skoda like some other extra.
Only the more powerful version offers a modern and sensible six-speed manual gearbox or, on request, a seven-stage dual clutch transmission. If you want to wait until mid-2022, the 110 kW / 150 PS 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo will also find its way into the Skoda Fabia and attract those interested with sporty performance and a top speed of more than 220 km / h. While the group brothers under the Volkswagen flag are now consistently relying on electrification, things look different with the new Fabia. Not only is an electric version left out, but also a plug-in hybrid and a 48-volt electrical system. There is a well-known reason to be heard: the customers hardly ask about it and more or less look at every penny. Good to know that the MQB platform shape guarantees that electrification can and will probably be added at any time – at the latest when the model is updated.
The 110 hp variant did more than well on the first test drive in the Salzburger Land. Despite the prototype status, the wind noise is manageable, the chassis is unusually comfortable and the three-cylinder, which rattles little in the way of sound, has meanwhile almost become used to acoustically. This only applies to a limited extent to the coordination of the turbo engine and seven-stage dual clutch transmission. Because even if the 110 hp sounds more than brisk at first, the starting weakness is noticeable due to a stately turbo lag in every speed range and the 200 Nm maximum torque is hardly noticeable. Better: the precise but not too smooth power steering and powerful brakes. The price remains and Skoda is still silent on this. But for a well-equipped 110-hp version, there is hardly anything to be done for less than 22,000 euros. And with that, the Fabia is already poaching mightily in the area of the class-larger Skoda Scala and anyway also with the VW Polo. Precisely because the fourth edition also has the right comfort and safety features.