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Purchased 2016, recent 60k service, still going strong
Reliable with no major issues, coming up to replacement brake pads for next service.
Used mostly for shopping and short commutes although have been interstate.
Test drove a i30, Cerato and Peugeot 308. At the time i30 and Cerato was essentially the same old car/engines and found both drives to be a little underwhelming. i30 is quite different now so would need to retest but at the time it came down to the Fabia or 308. Found the 308 a fantastic drive but eventually opted for the utility of a wagon and better value for the package.
Driving th...e Fabia (essentially the Polo under the skin) is excellent. The interior is modest but liked the simplicity opposite of the Cerato dash. Riding position sits quite high which we were used to coming from a Honda Jazz. Been great thus far for long (Syd-Bris) and short drives. Quite fun to drive and is effortless on motorways. Interior space for wagon is incredible with rear seats down and addition of roof racks affording a great deal of space. This was our first Euro. Would definitely consider in future upgrading to another Skoda ie. Fabia Monte Carlo or Octavia. If not wagon would likely consider a Golf hatch
Purchased in May 2016.
THE FABIA SKODA
We bought this 2nd hand Fabia Monte Carlo skoda in February 2019.....It is so reliable and the driving position is terrific. Very economical . This car is driven by both me and my wife...she uses it for going to her casual medical work. We would definitely recommend the Fabia.
2016 Skoda Fabia 81TSI premium sport
So I was lucky enough to grab a pretty mint 2nd hand 08/'16 Fabia 81TSI (25,000km) Premium Sport for my daughters 1st car ($15k). This is the 1st time I have ventured into the Skoda brand owning VW, Audi and BMW in the past and present. Read a lot of reviews on the NJ Fabia and they are all generally really positive. Well I can say that these are all true as the Fabia is an absolutely brilliant car.
Good 2nd hand Fabia's are hard to find in Australia. I was contemplating at a few on Carsales for a number of weeks but they didn't last long an...d kept selling. I wanted to get the 1.2T (81kw/175Nm) premium sport as it had all the extra's above standard which we wanted ie Auto climate control, flat bottom leather steering wheel, sports suspension, arm rest, LED DRL, fog lights, proximity/keyless entry, push button start, 17" alloys, DAB+/Android Auto/Apple Car play touch screen media unit and information display, rear privacy glass, Auto headlights/wipers, cruise control. The Fabia has a lot of extra's above the VW Polo for it's price but is just missing the soft touch plastics/dash but that's not a real concern as it's so well put together. Not a single creak or rattle whilst driving. So the Fabia's big plus is that it runs on min' 95 Ron and has such amazing fuel efficiency. The 1.2L turbo is a dream for city driving and goes pretty damn well on the freeways as well. The sports suspension is slightly firm and works well with the handling. It comes with a pretty generous 330L boot which is bigger than the Polo and A1 however the rear seats lowered does not make a completely flat load space. The Fabia comes with spacesaver spare tyre.
Purchased in February 2020 at private for A$15,000.00.
Skoda say it is clever. It sure is!
I am amazed by my wagon with the sports pack. It has a fabulous pick up for a small car. Never hesitates even tho it is set to turn off the engine when stationary. Corners magnificently very stable on the road. Fuel economy fabulous and I am using 95 octane. The car tells you about everything including tyre pressure. Yes how many Ks you got for ur tank of petrol. It is a green car and i am so glad I bought it as if the government decide to put guzzlers off the road this won't go!!!! I never wanted electric windows but you can turn them o...ff it problem kids in the back. Nothing has been forgotten. Parcel hooks for my bags in the back, and mesh to stop things rolling around. Pockets and nooks for everything. Even an umbrella under the front seat. It does everything including remind you to take ur phone when exiting vehicle. All my numbers come up on the screen. It is user friendly, the exterior finish is superb and so is the design. I never expected it to be this good, Soda have won me over. Skoda had requested a factory review but it was too soon to evaluate the car. Thanks Josh.
Purchased in January 2019 at Peninsula Skoda for A$24,600.00.
A well balanced car with great build quality
Firstly I must confess this is my fourth Skoda. I have owned a 2009 Skoda Superb 125 TDI which was faultless. I now own a Skoda Superb Outdoor (125 TDI 4x4 wagon) which is an amazing vehicle which I have owned for 3 years now, with nil issues. I recently bought a Skoda Kodiaq 132 TSI SUV which is another great vehicle. I have recently bought a new Skoda Fabia my18 which my wife has had for about 2 weeks. This little vehicle certainly punches above its weight division. The 3 cylinder engine is more than adequate and the economy is getting better...as the engine runs in (only done about 300 kms) currently averaging 5.3 l/100kms. The car is very well put together with no rattles what so ever. We have the 81kw three cylinder engine combined with the 7 speed DSG. The car is optioned with the premium sports pack which adds many nice to have features. The ride can be a little twitchy around Melbourne metro roads (poor standard) as this setup comes with 17” alloy wheels and sports suspension. But the advantage of this setup comes to the forefront once you pick up speed and are negotiating country and twisty roads. This little car handles really well. So we are very happy with our Fabia to date. .
Nice stylish car
Got this car because wanted something different and also it has a very good safety rating. The look of the Skoda Fabia and the interior looks very stylish and some of the features include bluetooth, reversing camera and smartlink, which can connect to android smartphones. I find the engine a bit noisy, but overall when driving the car it performs well. It is a good sized car, not too big and not too small. So far, happy with the Fabia.
Great First Car
The Skoda Fabia comes highly recommended for those looking for a first car, or another option to the Suzuki Swift/Toyota Yaris/VW Polo. It is well built and styled nicely both inside and out, especially with the sports interior. It is basic on the inside, but does not look overly bare. The car is also well insulated, so when driving it is quite smooth. The engine is also very quiet, and the steering is light.
Perfect Small Family Car!!!
A beautiful, well made and Economical car that has the looks and the technology.
Very Comfortable and perfectly sized for a small family!!
Does 4.8l/100km - has an amazing sound system - Brilliant handling and sharp looks. We're so impressed with our MY12 Monte Carlo and we look forward to driving it for many more K's!
Gearbox Problems!!! Beware!!!
My Skoda Fabia III is 7 months old. It required the mechatronics replaced after 4 months under warranty and again more Gearbox faults. Very dissapointed. I have lost my faith in the Skoda brand. Quite rattly in front end over speed bumps when travelling slow. No leg room in back.
Very Exciting car! even though hardly known!
This Skoda is a replacement of a large Peugeot which we lost after an accident. Although this Skoda is a smaller car which I need to get used to, I love all of the safety features and all the innovative technology. Getting used to the car slowing down when I am approaching a car on the same lane, also stopping at the traffic light, a feature which a lot of people do not like, but I do, the great media options, the acrylic roof and the internal look - quite sporty. My only negative point is that I feel the suspension not as smooth as my previo...us car. But all in all, a great car to purchase at a very reasonable price and drive. And finally, not the run of the mill - I always seem to be the only one on the road driving it!! I feel very special. January 5th 2019 Update: Skoda, Fabia - 18 months later Still pleased with my little Fabia, some points to mention, the boot is quite small, the suspension is not the best if you are travelling on rough roads as we are, so it is far from.a smooth ride, the GPS does not allow keywords so not able to enter for example "Melbourne Airport", But as previously mentioned, if anyone is into music, you get great sound.
Done 48000 kms since purchased 2 years ago.
Not a single issue. A pleasure to drive.
Despite what many people think, no DSG concerns and servicing reasonable.
Has been excellent on the tyres and fuel economy close to the pre-purchase figures. Definitely would recommend anyone buy one of these.
Definitely looks more sporty that Polo equivalent and for a lot less :)
Great little car.
There's plenty of reviews out there already for this car, so I'll try and focus on a few things that are not generally covered.
I've only had the car for a week or so, so this is more about early impressions.
Firstly, being of European origin does mean you have to get used to a few things that are different to most non-European cars sold in Australia. The indicators are on the left stalk, wipers on the right; the headlight switch is on the dash, not on the right hand stalk. Not a problem, but something to get used to.
I have the 66tsi ...base model hatch with the non-projector headlights (H4 bulbs), and they are surprisingly good. Getting in and out of the car is unexpectedly awkward - a combination of low seats and a narrow-ish front door opening. Older folks or those with mobility issues might struggle more than in some other cars.
Great car all round.
I got the Premium estate with the sunroof.
The boot is surprisingly large even with the back seats up, has storage bits everywhere... and a bin.
Android Auto/iCar head unit works great meaning you have everything from your phone on your dashboard (well everything you need when you drive).
the ride is firm but comfortable, with the wheels being at the corners it drives like a go-kart and the 1.2t engine is great.
I am always getting people saying "nice car" when they jump in (I think its the sunroof that does it).
The only thing I don't like is the hand brake location. it could have been better situated as the center console gets in the way a bit, though that's the only thing I don't like, and its a small thing
Good mix of style and reliability
A Skoda owner recommended the Fabia and I bought it after research on European sites, as an alternative to a Golf.
It's solid, doesn't use much petrol, and looks good. It is thoughtfully designed, small on the outside, but big on the inside. I like the austere-looking interior (no bling there), though not the armrest, which gets in the way. The sound system is good. After 3 years, nothing has gone wrong.
The rear view is poor.
It meets my needs for a small car with a high level of comfort.
Good Little Car. Oil Consumption is Horrible.
Good little car. Handles fantastically. Engine is very punchy with a nice sporty note to it. Suits its purpose as a second car which I really enjoy driving. Has a great factory sound system. One of the best you will hear straight out of the factory. Fuel economy is great. You can give it a bit of a squirt and have fun and not impact too much on the economy. 55lt tank gets us about 700km around town. You will use a lot of oil in this car. For some reason the engine burns it up, which I noticed from the exhaust within a week of owning the car. Th...e dealership said let it get to 30k km and everything will be run in. Up to 62k km now and the same problem exists. Based on the maths from the oil consumption test the dealership finally did on the car, it will have none of the original oil in the crankcase by the time of the next service which is 15k km. So much for long service interval oil!! The car is good. The VW Group would have know of this issue prior to selling it in Australia. Perhaps that is why the diesel Fabia was so popular in Europe?! It's a real shame about the oil because it is the only con I have about the car, but it's an important one given the cost of the 5/30w oil. I'm using 5/40w oil to see if a thicker oil will reduce use. So far it hasn't. Why only 3 starts? Because of the oil use.
great little hatch
bought one of these after my partner wanted something a bit different. The RS model we bought for around 27 000 is a little rocket. great seats and gearbox (dsg) and with the 2 tone colours, silver with black roof, really stands out. Needs at least 95 octane but I only use around 5-6 l/100km anyway. handles like a go cart but of course if on bad roads, the ride with the 45 profile tyres can be a bit jiggly. Uses a bit of oil (500ml after 2000km) but who cares.
Bad things- dash a bit old school, maybe poor resale (if I sell it)
Good things everything else
superb fuel efficiency! exceptional power and 4 star comfort
Since purchasing the car (1month ago) we took it interstate straight away and clocked 5500km on the trip. Not a single issue, runs smoothly and extremely efficient even when you give it a little.
-Hill start is handy
-Bluetooth tech is awesome
-Cruise control is handy on the long drives
-very spacious boot
-sleek look with a unique roof style
-arm rest!! Woo-hoo!
-fuel efficiency ...
Fabia Monte Carlo Forever
I purchased an un-driven dealer demo Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo that had only 20km on the clock (before I added another 30km on a test drive). Its silver with a black roof and black mags and looks great.
I wanted to buy a Polo in January but was told I could not get one till June. I bought a Holden Cruze instead which was a mistake. Went back to try and get a Polo a few weeks ago and got the same story, but the salesperson pointed me to Skoda, saying that the Fabia was based on the Polo.
I did some research and found that the Aussie Polo's ...are built in South Africa, and the Fabia's are built in the Czech Republic. I did some googling and could not find anything bad on the Fabia's. So I reluctantly went to Skoda and to my luck they had a Monte Carlo on special ($16k down from $22.5k). After taking it for a long test drive I was very, very impressed. The car looks a bit quirky, like an old mini. Cons:
Questions & Answers
Stop-start feature thoughts? I really hate this concept I must admit, has prevented me buying a Fabia Wagon.
Had anyone had problems with the gearbox in the fabia
No Hank. No trouble with my Fabia. In fact I have used it to carry lots of stuff over to Tasmania and even under a large heavy load it performed really well. Yes go back to the dealer the computer will know whats wrong. I did have trouble with my electrics and my lights went out once. But it has never happened again. Unfortunately I am tall and my knee is near the light switch so it could be something to do with this.
The car has only done 300 kms since pickup 4 ago, and driving from the dealer to home (the first 40 kms ) I noticed a bit of a whine from the engine when slowing, but ok under load. I thought could be the turbo or the 3 cylinder engine. The whine has increased and is now also noticeable under load. It sounds like diff whine which I experienced in one of my old cars years ago. Has anybody had a similar experience? or have I a problem. I will be going back to the dealer shortly.
|Category||Cars and Hatchbacks||Cars and Hatchbacks||Cars and Hatchbacks||Cars|
|Transmission||Manual||Dual-Clutch (DCT)||Dual-Clutch (DCT)||Manual|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Wheels||15" Steel||15" Steel||17" Alloy||15" Steel|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||4.5 L/100km||4.7 L/100km||4.7 L/100km||4.5 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||45 L||45 L||45 L||45 L|
|Engine||3 Cylinder 1.0L||3 Cylinder 1.0L||3 Cylinder 1.0L||3 Cylinder 1.0L|
|Max Power||70kW @ 5500rpm||81kW @ 5500rpm||81kW @ 5500rpm||70kW @ 5500rpm|
|Max Torque||160Nm @ 1500-3500rpm||200Nm @ 2000-3500rpm||200Nm @ 2000-3500rpm||160Nm @ 1500-3500rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Czech Republic||Czech Republic||Czech Republic||Czech Republic|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)|
|Release date||Jul 2015||Jul 2015||Jul 2015||Jul 2015|
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