Skoda Fabia 2021 review: Is the Run-Out Edition a bargain worth jumping on?

Skoda Fabia 2021 review: Is the Run-Out Edition a bargain worth jumping on?

The NJ Fabia is based on the sixth-generation (2009-2017) 6R Polo and thus sits on the old PQ26 platform, albeit the update launched in 2014. Its larger, roomier and more-modern successor was revealed earlier this year and is expected in Australia sometime in 2022. Fingers crossed. So, a last hurrah then. For the most part, Skoda has priced this well-equipped supermini quite keenly – though it isn't without a few glaring omissions. The Fabia ROE in seven-speed dual-clutch transmission guise is priced from $23,790 plus on-road costs, or $24,990 driveaway. This nets you a more powerful 81kW version of the three-cylinder turbo petrol engine known in VW-speak as 81TSI DSG, compared to the standard 70kW five-speed manual 70TSI opener – which saves you a whopping $3000, by the way. The fab wagon adds just $1000 to each variant. Interestingly, the 85TSI ROE is reasonably well equipped, approximating the old sporty Monte Carlo version that's now discontinued, brandishing stiffer suspension, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and racy blacked-out grille, mirrors and alloy wheels. Saucy. These come on top of a tilt/telescopic steering …
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