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New Skoda Fabia 1.6 Review - A mightier heart

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This is fun. No matter how carefully I launch the car, the front wheels spin furiously as soon as the clutch is let out, all the while protesting against the 1.6-litre motor’s bullying. As a consequence, acceleration times aren’t as quick as they should be, but who cares?

When a car is this much fun, numbers automatically go up in a thick cloud of tyre smoke. But it’s certainly unusual to be doing it in a Skoda Fabia, an average performer the last time we drove one. But this is the ‘new’ Fabia, the latest facelift, with an important addition — a 105 bhp 1600cc engine. Have I got your attention yet? Read on, then.