Škoda Fabia Monte Carlo: Small, Stylish and Practical

In Car Reviews, Skoda by Jonathan Humphrey

Now that petrol cars aren’t dead, the Škoda Fabia is an excellent choice for a small car


Car Reviewed: Škoda Fabia Monte Carlo 1.5 TSI 150 PS DSG


At the same time, it may not be the most innovative car on the market, but it excels as a competent, intelligent, practical all-rounder. Škoda consistently delivers well-built and attractive vehicles, and the Škoda Fabia Monte Carlo exemplifies this. The interior is well-designed and reflects the car’s Monte Carlo character.

During a week-long test drive around Bournemouth, the Fabia proved to be a delightful small car. Its nippy acceleration, reaching 0-62 mph in just eight seconds, matches that of the first-generation Golf GTI, and its top speed of 137mph is impressive if you dare. The car is quite eager off the line, sometimes too enthusiastic, as my wife jokingly remarked it was a “boy racer” car.

Around town, it still gives a welcome level of engagement with its spirited performance. The 1.5-litre turbo petrol produces 150hp and 250Nm of torque, ample power for lively driving. The seven-speed DSG automatic transmission shifts smoothly and seamlessly, enhancing the driving experience. Suspension, lower than the standard Fabia, is as firm as expected; it’s easy to drive quickly on more open roads and inspires confidence. It isn’t a noisy car, and the cabin is well-insulated, great for longer journeys.

It’s understated but sporty and stylish from the outside, with a bold, distinctive black front grille. Other features are the black diffuser, mirrors and side skirts, all adding to the bold look. The larger 17-inch alloys are an attractive, glossy black and silver style. The red brake callipers are a nice touch.

Overall, the Škoda Fabia Monte Carlo’s interior seamlessly blends sporty elements with premium touches. Comfortable and stylish, featuring very comfortable black sports seats and headlining with splashes of red, reminiscent of the Monte Carlo name and Škoda’s involvement in World Car rallies. The dashboard’s carbon fibre effect trim adds a touch of sporty elegance. The leather three-spoke multifunction steering wheel feels premium and allows for the convenient operation of various vehicle functions without taking your hands off the wheel.

The Monte Carlo boasts several premium touches, including keyless entry, rear parking sensors with automatic park assist and luggage nets.

The boot is ‘Skoda style’, surprisingly spacious with 380 Litres of space and up to 1190 litres of seats down; the boot is a square, practical shape. Folding the seats is a breeze with the levers on the top of the seats. There is also a variable shelf on the boot floor to hide things below or be removed should more space be needed.

The Fabia is a practical choice with a fuel economy of over 48 mpg and relatively low emissions. There’s nothing the Fabia does poorly. A slightly cheaper one-litre model is also available.

While heated seats were notably absent, they are available as an option, along with a heated windscreen. Interestingly, the car has a door-mounted, handy umbrella and ice scraper.

The Fabia Monte Carlo may not be the cheapest option at £25,680, but its value proposition is undeniable. With a range of features and fun to drive, it’s worth considering if you’re in the market for a new small car.

Author Rating 4.4/5

Car reviewed: Škoda Fabia Monte Carlo 1.5 TSI 150 PS DSG

on the road price £24,700 as tested £25,860

  • 0-62mph 8secs
  • Top speed 137mph
  • Mechanical 1.5-litre 4 cylinder turbo unleaded
  • Fuel Economy WLTP Combined 51.8 – 48.4mpg
  • Power Engine 150PS@5000rpm
  • Torque 200Nm
  • CO2 emissions 125-132g/km
  • Transmission 7-speed DSG automatic
  • Bootspace 380 / 1190 1itres (seats folded)
  • Dimensions MM 4125 L / 1780 L / 1482 H

Jonathan Humphrey

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After many, many years of being passionate about cars, spending too much money on cars and too much time driving. I now spend my time running and developing Drive.co.uk a fun expressive motoring lifestyle website along with some very good writers.

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