2015 Skoda Fabia Tested: Czech Lemonade

To be honest, we kind of like the first generation of the Skoda Fabia more than the one that came after that. But this brand new model fixes everything that was wrong. What does 2015 bring for the Czech supermini? Let's find out.
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During our review of the 2015 Fabia, we quickly learned that the car was an eye-catcher. With yellow paint and black wheels, every Skoda owner wanted to take pictures of our test vehicle.

However, we need to look beyond the pretty colors to what's happening under the skin. With a body that is wider and less tall, the new Fabia is designed to look a bit like the machines racing in the WRC rally series. This look is intentional, but it also disguises the fact that there aren't any hot versions available.

The design is geometric and clean. The Fabia comes with an array of colors and contrasting accent features that boost its emotional response. The interior mostly uses harder plastic but features all the interesting controls we liked on the 2014 Polo facelift.

We think you should order the full-spec Style model because it comes with projector headlights, fog lights, bigger alloy wheels and a 6.5-liter infotainment system. As an option, our yellow Fabia was equipped with a panoramic roof that created an airy feel in the cabin.

With 110 horsepower and a 6-speed manual, our test car was the fastest of the range. By contrast, the old Fabia was available with an 180 hp engine that was supercharged and turbocharged. By getting rid of non-essential features, Skoda has been able to focus on the stuff that matters to its customers: practicality.

This is the ace in the sleeve, as the Fabia stands head-above-shoulders compared to all the other vehicles in this segment. There are seven places to store bottles inside the cabin, ample headroom for all passengers and the biggest boot in the class. The Alladin's cave effect becomes obvious when you see it still has a spare wheel.

If you would like to know which is the best engine for the 2015 Skoda Fabia and what it's like to drive, check out our full review.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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