He is a fan of the brand, but maintains a critical eye and never stops improving his model. Tom, a young dad on paternity leave, has been driving a 95bhp Skoda Fabia 1.0 TSi for several years. A he bought the car for 10,900 euros, “with 34,000 km”, which he greatly improved. “I ran it on ethanol and reprogrammed it to make 130 horsepower.” Not forgetting the aesthetic and sound retouching
His idea? Transform it to resemble as much as possible the Fabia Monte-Carlo series, which is aesthetically more sporty than the classic versions. So, Tom’s door handles were decorated with carbon plastic, the contours of the radiator grille were repainted in black, “I hate chrome” and the exhaust line was changed, “so we can hear the engine a little.” Carbon-like plastics also appeared in the cabin.
Longer and higher
All of a sudden, when he discovered the Fabia 4, which had grown up and become a bit rickety, he found that it looked like a small SUV. “But it still has a lot in common with 3”. A little higher, it is 11 cm longer at the top. What brought him the royal chest of 380 l. which does not displease the young dad, who just manages to fit the stroller of his three-month-old little Gabriel into his model.
When he finds the appearance of the Fabia 3 in the new version, both outside and inside, Tom is nevertheless pleasantly surprised by the dashboard of the new model, “especially with the digital meters and screen that got bigger”. On the other hand, it finds its marks in terms of comfort and handling, “very similar. It must be said that the two engines are very similar, with the drop often below 2000rpm.”
But when he cherishes his Fabia 3, he is nevertheless thinking about his future and the future of his family. Gabriel will grow, and the car must follow the movement of the family. On the next drive, he intends to keep his loyalty to Skoda “for advice and an ultra-practical side.” With a Fabia 4 like this €24,390 DSG version? “Rather Scala.” A compact brand that does not have the expected success could well make a small family happy.
|Skoda Fabia 3 1.0 L TSI 95 hp||Skoda Favia 4 1.0 L TSI 110 hp|
|powerful||95 horsepower at 5,500 rpm||110 horsepower at 5,000 rpm|
|Couple||160 Nm at 1800 rpm||200 Nm at 2000 rpm|
|Mixed consumption||4.6 / 100 km||4.6 l / 100 km|
|Length||4 m||4.11 m|
|Barrel size||330 liters||380 liters|
|Weight||1110 kg||1170 kg|