19 May, 2015
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Thoughts from the drivers seat

THOUGHTS FROM THE DRIVERS SEAT is a new website feature written by customers for customers.

Customers are invited to write a review of their vehicle a few weeks after purchase and to give the car an overall score out of 5 points.


Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI (110) SEL Hatchback

We purchased this vehicle at the beginning of March 2015.

Initial impressions are very favourable and whilst the Mk. 3 Fabia has increased in cost, so has the specification and quality. The shape of the new model should also appeal to a more youthful market and inherits the corporate styling of the current Rapid and Octavia.

The 1.2 TSI engine is a gem of a power plant providing plenty of punch but still delivering economy of around 50 mpg. Engine emissions have also been lowered resulting in a nominal £20 a year to tax.

Many within the Motoring Press have bemoaned the lack of ‘soft touch plastics’ and austere interior of the new Fabia but the solidity of the build more than makes up for this. In short everything has that comforting made to last feel.

There’s also slightly more room within the cabin and boot area over the old model. The seats are extremely supportive and there is very little wind or road noise at motorway speeds. The DAB radio and surround sound speakers provide enjoyable and consistent reception.

Our SEL model came with many extras including ‘Front Assistant’, a radar type system that initially warns the driver and then if necessary automatically brakes the car to avoid any collision. Perhaps a glimpse into the future of fully automated transport?

Only a few minor niggles such as the smaller rear view mirror and the fact that there’s only one glove box (The old model had two). The handbrake is also difficult to operate with the centre arm rest in use.

Finally a few words of genuine appreciation for the excellent staff at Mitchell’s, particularly Sales Consultant, Dawn Sutton.

As returning customers we knew exactly the high level of Customer Service that would be afforded to us and have no hesitation in recommending the Skoda brand and this dealership to the uninitiated.


Overall Score – 4.5 / 5


Mr & Mrs Owen