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 $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
Does anyone own a 2013 Plated Fabia ,that can tell me do you have oil consumption problems or any other info please
They all do regardless what a dealership tell you, polo gti, audi ?? all share the same oil consumption problem and its been 3 years and there still is no real fix just constant stuff around from VW and oil consumption tests.
I bought one in Mar, only done 800km no oil issue yet, probably too early to tell. The car has done about 5800km to date.
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