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35 Euro Cars That Can Save America: # 27 - Skoda Fabia

Updated on September 30, 2008


What Volkswagen did when it took over Seat and turned an ugly duckling automaker into a force to be reckoned with, it did in spades with the Czech Skoda. Renowned throughout Europe as the manufacturer of some of the sorriest POS excuses for automobiles, Skoda's stunning turnaround thanks to its new German owners has created a Central European powerhouse, and the Fabia is just one example of its superlative products. Like the Seat Ibiza it's overpriced, but unlike its Spanish sister it is a very modern, updated, and cutting edge design.


The Skoda Fabia Hatchback 1.2 12v 70 1 5 Door is estimated to carry a North American net sale price of $12,745.26, given the prevailing market pricing of similar automobiles. Its 1198 cc engine powers the car to a top speed of 101 MPH and an acceleration shown by a zero to sixty MPH time of 14.9 seconds. The performance factor of 11.9 is average for its class. The Skoda Fabia Hatchback 1.2 12v 70 1 5 Door returns 57.7 MPG in highway driving, 36.7 MPG in the city, and a combined loop mileage of 47.9. With a fuel tank capacity of 9.9 gallons, the car can travel 571 miles on a full tank of unleaded regular fuel, but when it's filled right up to the top of the fuel filler neck, the total range should be approximately 688 miles. When all these price, performance and mileage factors are taken into consideration, the Skoda Fabia Hatchback 1.2 12v 70 1 5 Door scores a combined Practicality Index of 69, with 100 representing the best, most practical car available and 1 representing a Hummer H3.


Skoda Fabia Hatchback 1.2 12v 70 1 5 Door •





Body Style • Hatchback

Doors • Number of • 5

Seats • Number of • 5

Engine Displacement (cc) & Cylinders • 1198 / 3

Valves • Number of • 12

Type of Fuel • Unleaded

Maximum Power (bhp @ rpm) • 68 / 5400

Torque (lb / ft) • 83

Engine Layout • F

Wheel Drive • Front

Overall Length (mm) • 3992

Overall Width (mm) • 1642

Overall Height (mm) • 1498

Front Seat Head Room (mm) • 989

Front Seat Leg Room (mm) • 1030

Rear Seat Head Room (mm) • 930

Rear Seat Knee Room (mm) • 660

Trunk Capacity Seats Up (litres) • 300

Trunk Capacity Seats Down (litres) • 1163

Turning Radius (m) • 10.2

Towing Capacity (kg) • 800

Curb Weight (kg) • 1050


0 to 60 MPH (secs) • 14.9

Top speed (MPH) • 101



Metallic Exterior Paint • $350.00


Central Locking System • Standard Equipment

Remote Locking System • $150.00

Power Assisted Steering • Standard Equipment

Driver Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Passenger Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Side Mounted Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Electronic Stability System • $340.00

Anti Lock (ABS) Brakes • Standard Equipment

Vehicle Immobilizer • Standard Equipment

Alarm • $260.00

Lane Departure Alarm • Option Not Available


Adjustable Steering Reach • Standard Equipment

Adjustable Steering Height • Standard Equipment

Adjustable Seat Height • Standard Equipment

Air Conditioning • $500.00

Split Folding Rear Seats • Standard Equipment

Power Front Windows • Standard Equipment

Power Sunroof • Option Not Available

Remote Folding Mirrors • Option Not Available


iPod / MP3 Connector • Standard Equipment

DVD Player Enabled • Option Not Available

MP3 CD Player Enabled • Standard Equipment

Vehicle Hard Drive • Option Not Available


City MPG • 36.7

Highway MPG • 57.7

Combined MPG • 47.9

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons) • 9.9

Carbon Dioxide Rating (g / km) • 140

Carbon Footprint Offset Cost • $20.00

Eco Rating • C

Insurability Grouping • 2

Estimated Average Insurance • $281.00

Percentage Value Retained (3 Years / 36,000 mi) • 45.00%

Estimated Average Monthly Lease Cost • $214.00

Maintenance Factor • 29

Estimated Maintenance Cost Over 3 Years • $746.00

Maintenance Intervals • 6,000 mi

Manufacturer's Warranty Term • 3 Year / 40,000 mi


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