Buying your first car is a big deal and with so many terrific new models available in the market. But one car you should definitely take a look at is the Skoda Fabia.
Whether you need a car for school or work, the Skoda Fabia is a reliable first car that is fun to drive. It is practical, cheap to maintain, cheap to insure, and economical. And while the FABIA’s compact dimensions make it agile, it’s still roomy enough inside to carry both people and possessions.
And don’t just take our word for it – the Fabia has been awarded the “Carsales Best First Car” for the past 3 years in a row. This is no simple feat, and contenders are judged on factors including safety, performance, price, equipment, running costs, styling, technology and connectivity.
The Skoda Fabia is one good looking compact car. With elements employing Skoda’s unique ‘crystalline’ design, it radiates a fresh and elegant style with angular headlamps, prominent grille and front bumper forming a harmonic whole. Clean lines and edgy contours add flair, and can be further complemented with alloy wheels and a panoramic glass roof for an even more striking aesthetic.
Express your own unique personal style through a wide variety of colour combinations. The Colour Concept optional feature allows you to select a choice of silver and black colours for the A pillars, roof, and side mirror housings.
Sitting inside you can appreciate the quality of the fit and finish of the stylish interior. The Fabric upholstery on the comfortable seats is complemented by leather on the brake handle, steering wheel and gear lever handle, giving that touch and feel of luxury.
Simply Clever with functional, practical technology design
You can access the car’s controls and infotainment system on a 6.5-inch colour touchscreen display. There’s a radio, MP3 player, Bluetooth audio and streaming, and USB and SD ports, not to mention a six-speaker surround sound system for a more immersive listening experience.
Plug in your smartphone and stay connected with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Access your favourite playlist on Spotify or find your way using Apple or Google Maps. Pro-tip: go hands-free using voice control with your smartphone connected – “Hey Siri!”.
Simply Clever features that can be found throughout the Fabia include an umbrella under the front seat, bottle holders in both front and rear doors, a parking ticket holder within easy reach, and various innovative storage solutions.
In the back you will find a decently sized boot, with a net system to hold everything down securely. The rear seats can be also folded in a 60/40-split to customise and expand boot space as needed.
With safety in mind
Safety is an important concern for all drivers, but more so especially for newer or less experienced ones. That’s why as a first car owner you can have peace of mind knowing that the Skoda Fabia has been awarded a maximum 5-star NCAP safety rating, as well as having a list of driver assist systems available to help you out.
Standard safety features include dual front and side airbags, Front Assist with City Emergency Brake (low-speed autonomous emergency braking), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Blind Spot Detection, rear parking sensors, and reversing camera (useful for parking too). The Electronic stability control (ESC) system with Hill Hold Control is complemented by Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Differential Lock, Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR), and Multi-Collision Brake.
Performance, reliability and efficiency
The Skoda Fabia is small and light. It is zippy, stable and quiet, making it excellent for everyday city driving and also enjoyable on longer journeys like a weekend away to Margaret River with friends or family.
It is powered by a peppy 110kW 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that runs cheap, with a combined cycle fuel economy of 4.5L per 100km. New owners enjoy worry-free driving with a 5 year/unlimited km warranty.
There are three variants of the Fabia, and can be had from $17,790 for the Fabia 70 TSI manual, $20,790 for the Fabia 81 TSI auto and 24,390 for the Fabia 81 TSI Monte Carlo auto.
One of the best times to buy is usually the end of the financial year sales, so keep a look out and take advantage of any discounts during this period. You could even put those savings towards one of the optional packages for an upgraded premium sports spec, or even more Simply Clever features.
The Skoda Fabia is not only safe, reliable and great value, but also great fun to drive. It embodies Skoda’s Simply Clever ethos by being small but somehow spacious, simple yet sophisticated, basically a car that punches above its weight and size.
Here at Perth City Skoda we currently only have one Fabia left in stock. We’re looking to get more in, but if you’re in the market or interested in taking a closer look, don’t delay, give us a call today for more information or see about organising a test drive.