Skoda Fabia Combi Test. TEST With its precisely placed price and its giant trunk, the Skoda Fabia Combi intends to shake the Renault Clio Estate, its main competitor. Attacked from all sides by urban crossovers, urban breaks are becoming increasingly rare. It's simple, since Peugeot has deserted the segment, it remains only three: the Renault Clio Estate, the Seat Ibiza ST and the Skoda Fabia Combi, which has just been renewed. Unveiled at the last Paris Motor Show at the same time as the sedan, this new variant comes to catalog a few weeks after his sister. Aesthetically, this new generation of small Czech break is a huge step forward compared to the previous generation. 3 cm lower than the previous generation (for a height of 1.47 m), it grows as a small centimeter, bringing its size to 4.26 m. Result: the proportions appear more harmonious, forgetting the somewhat frail and purely utilitarian from the previous version. Then load each prefer crisp, balanced lines that Skoda or the most sensual curves of a Clio break. Tastes and colors.
Where the newcomer puts everyone agrees, is in relation to the trunk volume. With 530 liters, it leaves no chance to his competitors. The Clio confines itself to 443 liters and 430 liters of Ibiza for comparable external dimensions. Modularity has for its exceptional. We must be content with a split and folding seat, which forms a walk with the boot floor and does not have zippers to be folded, as is the case in the Octavia. In addition, seat belts hinder the folding of the folder. The Clio is a little better, adding a seatback folding front passenger but Ibiza is worse, with a bench even less convenient to handle.
Logically, the Fabia Combi incorporates the engines of the sedan, with the exception of three-cylinder 1.0 60 hp entry. We have chosen for this test, the four-cylinder petrol 1.2 TSI 110 hp, combined with the dual-clutch gearbox and seven-speed DSG, high-end configuration to which we had not yet tasted, nor on the Fabia, nor on the Polo. Rather muscular, this little turbocharged engine has no trouble taking them 1,103 kg of Skoda. Accelerations appear rather strong (0-100 km / h in 9.6 seconds) and the sympathetic tone. Consumption is average, nothing more, with value measured at about 8.0 l / 100 km but can quickly rise beyond 10.0 l / 100 km in city traffic loaded or on mountain roads traveled at high speed.
The management of the box gives for its satisfaction in most cases, do not be overly focused on showing the fuel savings as we have seen in other models of the Volkswagen Group. In dynamic driving, it suffices Sport mode, rather convincing. In fact, the manual mode too often takes hold of the injunctions of the driver to show pleasing and effective. Finally, there are many cases where the DSG 7 prodigal some jerks. To better safeguard its dry clutch, it avoids slippage in fact and can not therefore claim the softness of a converter automatic transmission, especially when starting.
Of course, the Fabia Combi maintains healthy driveability of the sedan, despite Bridgestone hardly effective in the wet. However, our test with the sport chassis model was less soft than the sedan already taken in hand. The percussion on small deformations will quickly tire the passengers. Moreover, many cupboards are always well thought out and while the finish, without showing luxury, is more than adequate with particularly serious assemblies.
Car without stories, the Fabia Combi offers a rather convincing qualities cocktail. Moreover, its reasonable price in its favor. Our high-end trial was thus charged € 19,670 or € 20 more than equivalent to Seat Ibiza FR engine, but comes standard with xenon headlights. That seems much more reasonable than the Clio Sport Tourer GT displayed with a € 22,350 certainly more generous equipment (reversing camera, hands-free access, electrically folding mirrors and integrated GPS). For the rest of the range, the price difference is roughly constant between a Seat and Skoda, which marked the pants and Renault much more expensive.
Most giant Safe
Price / interesting equipment
Less any Modularity
»Price / Equipment 4/5
Image and source by; automobile.challenges.fr and more