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The neighbors comparison – owner of a Skoda Fabia 3, Tom passes the 4th generation to the scalpel

He is a fan of the brand, but keeps a critical eye and never stops improving his model. Tom, a young father on paternity leave, drives Skoda Fabia 1.0 TSi 95 hp for several years. A bought a car for 10,900 euros, “with 34,000 km”, which he has greatly improved. “I ran it on ethanol and reprogrammed it to get 130 horsepower.” Without forgetting any aesthetic and sound retouching

The neighbors comparison - owner of a Skoda Fabia 3, Tom passes the 4th generation to the scalpel

The neighbors comparison – owner of a Skoda Fabia 3, Tom passes the 4th generation to the scalpel

His idea? Transform it to resemble the series as much as possible Fabia Monte Carlo aesthetically more sporty than the classic versions. So Tom’s door handles were decorated with carbon-like plastic, the contours of the grille were repainted in black, “I hate chrome” and the exhaust pipe is modified, “so we can hear the engine a little bit”. Some carbonaceous plastics have also appeared in the cabin.

Longer and bigger

So when he finds out that the… Fabia 4who has grown up and become somewhat gentrified, he thinks it looks like a small SUV. “But it still has many features in common with the 3”. Slightly higher, it is especially 11 cm longer. Which gave him a royal chest of 380 l. which doesn’t displease the young father who just manages to fit his three-month-old baby Gabriel’s pram into his model.

The interior of the Fabia 3 is quite different...
The interior of the Fabia 3 is quite different…
... from that of the 4th version.
… from that of the 4th version.

When he finds the looks of Fabia 3 in the new version, both outside and inside, Tom is pleasantly surprised by the dashboard of the new model, “particularly through the digital counters as well as through the screen that has grown”. On the other hand, it finds its tracks in terms of comfort and driving, “quite similar. It must be said that the two engines are very similar, always with this dip below 2000 rpm”.

In the trunk of the third generation, of 330 l, there is a pram just in time.
In the trunk of the third generation, of 330 l, there is a pram just in time.
that of the Fabia 4 gains 50 l.
that of the Fabia 4 gains 50 l.

But if he appreciates his Fabia 3, he is still thinking about his future and that of his family. Gabriel will grow and the car must follow the family movement. For his next mount, he plans to stay true to Skoda “for the tips, and the ultra-practical side”. With a Fabia 4 like this version with DSG automatic transmission for 24,390 euros? “Prefer a Range”. The compact of the brand, which does not have the expected success, could well make the happiness of the small family.

Skoda Fabia 3 1.0L TSI 95 hp Skoda Favia 4 1.0L TSI 110 hp
power 95 hp at 5,500 rpm 110 hp at 5,000 rpm
Couple 160 Nm at 1,800 rpm 200 Nm at 2,000 rpm
Mixed consumption 4.6/100km 4.6l/100km
Length 4m 4.11m
Trunk Dimension 330 liters 380 liters
Weight 1110kg 1170kg
The neighbors comparison - owner of a Skoda Fabia 3, Tom passes the 4th generation to the scalpel