Skoda Fabia Elegance 1.2 MPI - Oncars Review
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Review of Skoda Fabia Elegance 1.2 MPI
Skoda Fabia Elegance. Sharing my experiences
- Variant:Elegance 1.2 MPI
CommentsExterior: No complaints really except for the defogger and rear washer (2012 version includes both and i feel a little cheated here)
Interior (Features, Space & Comfort): Really comfortable to get in and out specially for older people and as you move in there is a pretty wide view of the outside. Seats are not as much comfortable (need little more spongyness) during short drives as probably in Swift or the Esteem (my cousin has this) but for long distance it is very good and comfortable. I love the MFD and the steering and the overall quality of plastics. But if you are buying the Elegance you will need to have a darker shade of covers for the seats as it gets dirty very soon. Quality of plastics is way to good compared to all compititors. The audio system is the best you can get with bigger buttons for easy operation. I am a music freek and really enjoy my songs when inside the car, it has a good BASS effect and clarity. Rear end is comfortable for even tall guys as there is ample leg room but the 3rd person will feel a little sqeezed. Love the soft touch Dashboard and the 2 split storage option (lower one is cooled). AC is very good and powerfull too. I think i have covered most part of the interior.
Engine Performance, Fuel Economy and Gearbox: Gear box is an absolute beauty. its very smooth and shifting gears happens without any effort. No problems with the Engine performance so far, will update later. Fuel Economy..now this is where it becoms dependant on the driver. I am not a seasoned driver but still have driven 3 different cars both in city and highway and this is what i get:-
City: 10-11, without AC. I was told that this will improve need to watch out. I am not that confident. The main reason for this is the initial pickup of the car is very poor and need to tap the acc. pedal a little in the stop start traffic. This at least created a lot of problems for me and i had many embarrassing moments as the car would litterally go off !!!! Also the RPM reves up too quickly unlike in many other cars. I have never had this problem with the old as well as the new swift and the Esteem too ! So it something the sompany needs to think of. Ofcourse the pedals are hydraulic controlled and not the cable ones here. But still if you need to be successful it has to change a bit. I have gotten used to it now but it comes with an additional effort :O(
Highway: 17-19, with and without AC also depends on the gear shifts. 19 is the best i have got and is a very good return for a petrol car. But this needs to be looked at by the company very seriously to stay ahead.
Ride Quality & Handling: Though its a cake walk on thehighway a lot needs to be desired for the city drive specially with the initial pickup. ride and handling is excellent, i literally handle it with 4 fingers to be precise :) but there is higher body roll when compared to other cars. This i think will have less impact on the driver/passengers if the seats are made more spoogy as in swift as we will get settled in the seats more deeply. Shocks and ground clearance are very good and seldom makes contact with the humps and bumps.
Final Words: Go for it if you dont care about mileage and highly recommended if your travel is mostly long distance. I liked it for the simple reason that i dont want to own 1 which is way too common. This has a lot of impact on the service because of the big Q's. Hope you got my point. I just love the car for the quality, fit and finish.
The srevice: As of now the response seems to be better but can really give u an update after my first comp. service. But i have already been there 3-4 times for smal issues and felt there are improvements required to be done as the guys taking care of service and insurance related things need to have a lot more ownership and commitment !!!!
Areas of improvement: Lots of scope here !
1. Sales guys must stop playing on the customers mind that anything like the sensors or the additional speakers, etc etc will impact the warranty as there are better proffessionals available outside than inside nowadays
2. Accessories like the parking sensors, etc etc costs more than double when fitted inside the showroom and this must be looked at.
3. Sales persons literacy and know how about the cars needs to improve a lot as the always respond after consultation with the seniors !
4. Ownership of the work carried out in the TAL (Bodyshop) needs to improve a lot and there must be a sense of quality in terms of delivery of the car post the job is done. I found a lot of grease marks inside my car when i got the delivery post mirror replacement and correction of quality issues in the auto control for windows recently.
These are things that i felt as of now...will return with more as i experience it.
You can reach me on firstname.lastname@example.org for further clarifications and other experiences i have had so far....Hope this helps you to make the right choice.
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