Skoda’s ‘fabulous’ Fabia Monte Carlo

The new Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo is all about the looks, and as a result, is adorned with bespoke exterior design elements which are headlined by stunning black alloys that match its black front grille, side skirts, front splitter and rear diffuser.

Inside, you get what Skoda refers to as a “race-inspired” interior treatment, led by Monte Carlo-exclusive sport seats in an eye-catching red, grey and black trim. It also gets a truly enormous glass (panoramic) roof that stretches the length of the cabin, along with a flat-bottomed steering wheel and alloy pedals.

The new Skoda Fabia offers a longer and wider cabin space and also additional headroom over the previous model. The luggage compartment has a capacity of 330-litres which is the largest in the segment.  This volume extends to an extremely respectable 1,125-litres when the rear seats are folded. Wherever you look, you will find useful storage options, including clever compartments and convenient holders. For example, the net pockets on the sides of the front seats are great for storing small items.

The Monte Carlo trim, originally offered in the previous Fabia, was designed to celebrate 100 and 110 years of the Monte Carlo Rally and Skoda’s motorsport commitment respectively.

My test car was a wonderful new Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo 5-door hatchback fitted with the VW Group’s highly acclaimed 1.2-litre TSi (petrol powered) engine. This engine is available with 90 or 110bhp and it is the higher output engine that powered my car. Capable of a top speed of 196km/h, the 0-100km/h sprint can be completed in just 9.4-seconds while returning fuel economy of up to 59mpg (4.8l/100km) on a combined driving cycle.

The new Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo is available with a 1.0-litre and 1.2-litre petrol engine or a 1.4-litre turbo diesel, with all engines attracting annual road tax of just €190. Five and six speed manual gearboxes are offered, along with a super-smooth 7-speed DSG automatic too. Ex-works prices range from just €18,650 to €22,150 and represent excellent value for money, especially when you consider the standard specification, practicality, fun factor and top-class driving dynamics on offer.

I was more than happy with what my test car had to offer, such as – remote central locking, front fog lights, Bluetooth, touch screen with a 6-speaker sound system, LED daytime driving lights, specific Monte Carlo door sills, upgraded 17” black alloys (16’ black alloys are standard), rear parking sensors, six airbags, speed limiter, ESP, ABS, MSR & Multi Collision Brake Assist, cruise control (available as part of a Technology Pack), large rear spoiler and many other quality extras.

On the road, this car really impressed me with its wide range of abilities, which came together perfectly to provide driving confidence and sure-footed poise and agility. This is certainly one of the best cars in its class and is testament to Skoda’s ‘Simply Clever’ philosophy.