The Skoda Fabia has been around for a few years now and is currently in its second generation, but it wasn’t until 2010 onwards that the super-speedy vRS version was offered to the UK market.
You might have seen a few examples of the Skoda Fabia vRS on the streets of Britain from time-to-time, but how much do you really know about this car, and could it be a car that you might want to buy? This in-depth review discusses the Skoda Fabia vRS in more detail.
What’s it like on the road?
Although the vRS looks very similar to its brothers and sisters, you can normally tell when you spot a vRS on the road thanks to the bigger alloys, different coloured roof and door mirrors, and the obvious vRS badges on the front and back of the car!
The Skoda Fabia is based on the fourth-generation Volkswagen Polo, except that the Fabia is wider and considerably taller than its VW cousin.
The vRS model takes the best bits of the Polo and the Fabia in general, and improves upon them by adding a 1.4-litre TSi (turbocharged AND supercharged) engine which delivers a respectable 177 brake horsepower, and can take you to 60 mph from a standing start in just 7.2 seconds!
I have to say that from a standing start, this little engine just keeps on pulling! It’s mated to a 7-speed DSG (direct-shift gearbox) used on other Volkswagen Group cars, and you can also change gears using the paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel for that racing car feel.
Although the ride is quite firm and stable, the Skoda Fabia vRS doesn’t seem to have ultra-responsive steering or grip ability like some of its competitors has; I suspect this is because of the rather high suspension setup. Of course, you could always get your Fabia vRS lowered for go-kart handling, but it’s not an optional extra that you can buy from Skoda so you’ll have to go aftermarket for that.
What’s it like inside?
The other possible downside to the Skoda Fabia vRS is that it can get a bit loud inside the cabin at high speeds due to wind noise, but then for the price you can expect to have to make do with some compromises.
As with other Fabia models, the cabin is extremely spacious and is perfect for taller drivers and passengers (unlike the Volkswagen Polo). You can expect features such as climate control, electric windows, ABS, and multiple airbags as standard on the vRS, and the sports seats are much more comfortable to sit in than the ones used in the lower-spec Fabia models.
Is Skoda Fabia VRS a good buy?
On the Jardine Motors website it states that the rear seats also come with Isofix anchor points, making it both a fast car and an ideal family car. The boot space is fairly big for a hatchback of this size, but it’s also possible to buy a vRS estate which offers a bit more cargo space.
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