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With the introduction of the freshened up Fabia, Skoda is hoping to put all its background efforts up on the stage. For starters, there are minor changes to the exterior of the car, which quite frankly aren’t the most obvious. The larger headlamps, fog lamps and grille make it look bigger than it is. Sleek lines follow on the rest of the car, terminating in the familiar C-shaped tail lamps. However, step inside and the cabin feels fresh and welcoming.

Power is dispensed using a five-speed gearbox, which is pretty well spaced out. The insulation seems to work slightly better in the Fabia as engine noise and vibration are kept out of the cabin at lower speeds. Crawling around slow urban traffic isn’t much of a problem for this diesel, but try to make the most of an open space between lights and it comes up short. On the move, the Fabia’s quite impressive, though. The suspension is on the firmer side and not as pliant as the Polo’s or the Punto’s, but it’s not bad at all. In fact, the firmer suspension makes the Fabia a pretty good handling car without too much body roll. Out on the highway, the Fabia is stable and feels solid on the road.

So the Fabia’s been a good city car and a better highway car, blessed with a not too powerful but frugal diesel motor. The prices that were sniggered at before have been reduced with the facelift, instead of going up, to make the new Fabia a very competitive car in the market.