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Skoda Fabia RS Wagon (2013)
‘HOT’ OR ‘WARM’ hatchbacks are very much part of the motoring landscape, but much thinner on the ground are small wagons exuding the same sporty factor. Enter the Skoda Fabia RS, available in both body styles.
Under the bonnet is a 132 kW, 1.4-litre twin-charged (supercharged and turbocharged)engine and a slick, seven-speed DSG transmission, the same combination employed in Volkswagen’s Polo GTi pocket rocket.
Response and urge is nearly a match for its illustrious stablemate (of sorts), with the 0-100 km/h time of 7.3 seconds being just a few tenths slower.
The RS is packed with much of the same technology and safety features, which includes a tyre pressure monitoring system and extended electronic diff lock.
RS badging, red brake callipers, dual exhaust with chrome tips, front and rear spoiler and black rear diffuser underscore the Skoda’s sporty personality, while inside the theme continues with front sports seats in grey or red, paddle (gear) shifters and sports pedals.
The suspension has been tweaked with lower, firmer springs and different shock absorber calibration, which makes for a firm ride, but highly-competent handling. In fact, the wagon loses none of the hatch’s dynamics, while at the same time offering increased load carrying practicality.
Ride is on firm side
Remote central locking, climate-control airconditioning, tilt/reach steering, powered and heated wing mirrors, 17” alloys, sports suspension, cruise control, front sports seats, bluetooth, CD player with MP3 compatibility
Dual front/side/curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, electronic stability traction control
||Fabia RS Wagon
||Sports Under $80,000
|Price when new
|Current price range
$ - $
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||1.4-litre twin-charged petrol 4-cyl
||132 kW @ 6200 rpm
||250 Nm @ 2000-4500 rpm
|Acceleration to 100 km/h
||7.3 sec (claimed)
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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.