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|18th May 2010, 21:29||#1|
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Skoda Fabia vRS
Skoda Fabia vRS:
Here is the new Fabia vRS, the latest incarnation of Skodaís pint-sized hot hatch. What it isnít, however, is a diesel. Unlike the previous version, which was powered by a 130bhp 1.9 TDI unit, the new version gets the Volkswagen Groupís 1.4 TSI turbo and supercharged engine producing 178bhp and 25.4kgm of torque.
If that sounds familiar, itís the same engine used in the new Ė and considerably more expensive Ė Polo GTI. The Fabia vRS also gets a seven-speed DSG 'box as standard (thereís no manual option), LED running lights and smart 17-inch alloys.
So whatís it like? Lots of fun. The 178bhp twincharged TSI motor is feisty but refined, if a little vocal at times, with a healthy wallop in the midrange and a decent kick up at the top. The 0-100kph sprint takes just 7.3sec, and it will push on to 224kph should the need arise.
The Fabia is agile and steers and grips well, aided by ESP and the XDS electronic differential system, which operates for the most part quite unobtrusively. As a pure driverís machine the lack of a manual gearbox option may put some potential buyers off, for the most part itís an engaging and highly entertaining drive.
The cabin isnít luxurious but its vRS sports seats are comfortable, while the interior is smartly finished with decent plastics and tasteful, if a touch understated, trim. The ride is surprisingly good, too, for a car with such sporting pretensions, with firm but well damped suspension coping exceptionally with all but the worst of potholes and irregular surfaces.
So should you one? We canít think of many reasons why not. Itís well built, well equipped as standard, stylish (in its own boxy kind of way) and a hefty chunk of cash less than a Polo GTI, although to be fair Skoda and VW proabably arenít chasing the same customers with their respective offerings.
But most of all the Fabia is cracking fun to drive when youíre in the mood, and an entirely agreeable Ė not to mention practical Ė mode of transport when youíre not.
|18th May 2010, 21:52||#2|
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Skoda Fabia vRS 1.4 TSI - Road Test First Drive - Autocar.co.uk
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|18th May 2010, 21:58||#3|
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17 inch alloys! Here in India.
TSi + DSG must make it a 7 digit price. Should do to Jazz what Jazz did to i20.
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