Meet the sportiest Skoda Fabia in the firm’s range - the brand new ‘Monte Carlo’.
And while there’s no Fabia vRS - for now, at least, and despite the Fabia carrying that badge in years gone by - there is this, the pleasingly energetic Monte Carlo.
With performance-themed styling both inside and out, it’s certainly a very different proposition compared with the common-or-garden Fabia. And you can also opt for a punchy 1.5 litre engine with power of 150 PS, which you won’t find anywhere else in the Fabia range.
Yet with fuel consumption of around 50 miles to the gallon and a 0-62 mph acceleration time of 8.0 seconds flat, the Fabia Monte Carlo is capable of putting a grin on your face while also keeping your bills down.
Oliver Stefani, Head of Skoda Design, talks about how the Monte Carlo leans heavily on the firm’s rallying heritage, and adds:
“This latest Monte Carlo variant brings the significantly more emotive design of the new, fourth-generation FABIA sharply into focus. The body is longer, sleeker and wider, conveying a sense of dynamism that is further enhanced by the model-specific front and rear aprons. Black details, such as those on the radiator grille or the wing mirrors, identify the new range-topping model at first glance and continue the tradition of the Monte Carlo variants.”
You can opt for 18 inch alloys if you wish and there are also new ‘precision cut’ LED headlights.
An adjustable cooling shutter in the front bumper’s lower air inlet, as well as extensive underbody cladding, help the Monte Carlo to be more aerodynamic than other Fabias, resulting in better fuel economy while also shaving five grams from the CO2 emissions figures.
Step inside the Fabia Monte Carlo, and you’re also likely to be impressed.
There are sport seats with integrated headrests as standard, there’s carbon-fibre effect trim to complement the flashes of red, black and white colouring, while you also get stainless-steel effect pedals.
Ambient lighting also comes as standard, as does an infotainment system with an 8-inch display screen and a 10.25 inch ‘Virtual Cockpit’.
The Fabia Monte Carlo should also be exceptionally safe.
A ‘Travel Assist’ system, which features automatic support with steering and automatic cruise control, is available as an option while the ‘Side Assist’ feature is also there as an extra.
This warns the driver of vehicles up to 70 m away that want to overtake or are in the car’s blind spot. You can even go for ‘Park Assist’, which spots suitable places to pull-in and can even take over the steering for you.
While we’ve already mentioned the 1.5 litre petrol engine, you can also opt for a smaller 1.0 litre TSI with power of 110 PS - both of which can be equipped with a 7-speed DSG box.
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