Hatch, Scout and estate models all overhauled, along with the Roomster
2 March 2010

Skoda has revealed facelifts for the Fabia, Fabia estate, Fabia Scout and Roomster at the Geneva motor show.

The Czech firm has redesigned the front end of all the models, adding new headlights, front bumper and front grille. The latter two elements have been widened to give the range a more 'dynamic' look.

See the new Skoda Fabia and Roomster pics

The engine range has also been tweaked; Skoda will offer four petrol units and two diesels across the range. Power ranges from 60bhp to 105bhp in the Fabia and from 70bhp to 105bhp in the Roomster.

Skoda says all engines are Euro5-compliant and all engines offer improved CO2 emissions and fuel economy over existing models.

All models will be available with Skoda’s 105bhp 1.2 TSI engine, which comes with a seven-speed DSG gearbox as an option. All diesel engines have direct-injection and offer CO2 emissions of no more than 110g/km.

Fabia range

- 1.2 6V 60 bhp- 1.2 12V 70 bhp- 1.2 TSI 85 bhp- 1.2 TSI 105bhp (manual and DSG)- 1.6 TDI CR DPF 90 bhp- 1.6 TDI CR DPF 105 bhp

Roomster range

- 1.2 12V 70 bhp- 1.2 TSI 85 bhp- 1.2 TSI 105bhp (manual and DSG)- 1.6 TDI CR DPF 90 bhp- 1.6 TDI CR DPF 105 bhp

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25 February 2010

I think this is a huge improvement considering they haven't actually changed it too much. The wider graphic makes the car look lower, and wider (obviously), which I think helps because the Fabia always looked a bit tall and narrow. It looks much more modern now. The new engines will help too, considering the Fabia was never the greenest supermini on sale. But with diesel emissions of no more than 110 g/km, the new engines should help the Fabia sell, I think. Well done Skoda.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

25 February 2010

The Fabia is starting to look abit small next to the latest crop of superminis which may be an advantage if they can price it right.

I hope the vRS doesn't come with the DSG 'box as standard. The old one was a brilliant sleeper car and great value, it would be a shame if it became too expensive and complex in the way the Ibiza and Polo seem to have done. With the Polo GTI now having a 180ps engine and an £18k retail price, how about a 140ps petrol or diesel option with a price around £15-16k.

25 February 2010

I think they should keep the Fabia vRS as a diesel-only car, as this is how it has become such an iconic car. However, I've a feeling Skoda are going to jump on the bandwagon and just go with the Ibiza/Polo 180 petrol engine. That would be a shame in my opinion.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

25 February 2010

The words Diesel and Iconic dont go together.

Diesel and Dead is more suitable.

The VRS will be the 180ps petrol. 7 spd DSG.

It's nice to see the 1.2tsi make an appearance.

I keep thinking this will form the basis for a great affordable gti city car, new lupo.

25 February 2010

[quote Mini1]

I think they should keep the Fabia vRS as a diesel-only car, as this is how it has become such an iconic car. However, I've a feeling Skoda are going to jump on the bandwagon and just go with the Ibiza/Polo 180 petrol engine. That would be a shame in my opinion.

[/quote]I totally agree, many scoffed at the thought of making a warm hatch with a diesel but as you point out and having driven one it was way better than many gave it credit for.

This new look lends an air of classiness that the previous incarnation could not match. I always thought the MK2 Fabia was a step backwards in the looks department but this changes all that. Of all the VAG group products (excluding the Lambo/Bentley/Bugatti trio) VW and Seat must be wondering how they got overtaken by whipping boys in the Czech Republic!

25 February 2010

How can the new vRS be a 7 speed DSG with a 180bhp 1.4 TSi engine. In the Polo GTi thread I was lambasted by a smarty pants saying this was not possible as the Fabia was in fact the 8 year old Polo and therefore all these doobries would not fit.

I am intrigued as to what it will be.

25 February 2010

I cant imagine what else it would be.

25 February 2010

[quote Autocar]The Czech firm has redesigned the front end off all models[/quote]

I am afraid this second generation Fabia needs more than a new front end to pull it out of the mire. it is a real mess of ideas with the high, squared off glass house at odds with the rest of the bodywork giving it a narrow overall look, the rear end too looks like the designer left it for his 10 year old child to finish off lacking any character at all.

What is really sad is that the original Fabia was a very stylish, mature design that was instantly recognisible and did not date at all during its production cycle.

So step forward Fabia Mk3 please, and quickly.

25 February 2010

Facelift or not, for me the main issue with the current Fabia (looks aside) is the underlying feeling of cheapness about the interior - even on upmarket versions.

My old Fabia VRs feels all the world like an Audi to sit in - even after three years of ownership I still marvel at what I got for £11.5k from a desperate salesman in December 2006... it feels more like a 15-20k car than a 11-12k car. The new one doesn't - it costs 13k and it feels like a 10k car... (IMHO)

25 February 2010

I was out on my bicycle (yeah yeah, I also ride bikes!) yesterday for the first ride of the year. Going up a very steep hill a VRS came past. The black smoke that came out the back of it was unbelivable. I read an article one on VRS's being chipped and how the downside is extra black cack coming out the back. Wasn't pleasant. Don't suppose the driver had a clue though.

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