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Following a partial facelift, the Fabia, Fabia Combi and Roomster are entering the highly-charged supermini market with numerous technical innovations placing them in the spotlight in car magazines’ comparative tests.

Photo: 2011 Skoda Roomster ScoutPhoto: 2011 Skoda Roomster ScoutView more 2011 Skoda Roomster pictures in our 2011 Skoda Roomster photo gallery

The Fabia, Fabia Combi and Roomster facelift has been accompanied by technical enhancements in the interior and, perhaps more importantly, under the bonnet which have left the virtues of both these advanced cars intact. With luggage capacity of between 505 and 1,485 litres, the Fabia Combi continues to provide the sort of boot space that exceeds the norm in this class.

Photo: 2011 Skoda Roomster GreenLinePhoto: 2011 Skoda Roomster GreenLine

Meanwhile, the Škoda Roomster, with its versatile VarioFlex rear seat system, continues to fulfil the requirements of the whole family. The luggage compartment volume can be expanded from 480 litres to 1,810 litres, making the Roomster a load-carrying champion.

The completely redesigned front end incorporates strong horizontal forms, which visually lower the Fabia and the Roomster despite their unchanged height. “With this redevelopment no component escaped our notice,” outlines Development Executive Eckhard Scholz, of the comprehensive redesign. The bonnet conceals an advanced direct fuel injection turbocharged engine or a dual-turbocharged engine. The GreenLine versions of the Fabia, Fabia Combi and Roomster are set to make their motorshow debut in Paris. They all boast a three-cylinder 1.2 TDI CR engine with virtues – quiet running, a smooth increase in torque and low combined consumption – that set the pace in this segment.

Photo: 2011 Skoda Roomster GreenLinePhoto: 2011 Skoda Roomster GreenLine

The new grille and the three-dimensionally shaped headlamps define the new look of the Fabia and the Roomster, their horizontal lines emphasizing the front end’s width. Both cars now look more confident, more mature, and carry greater emotional cachet. The visor-like window surface which wraps around the passenger compartment has always been a key feature of the Roomster and the Fabia, and remains so. The elegant rear end and the classic C-shaped tail lamps shared by all Škoda models clearly betray the Fabia’s origins. Likewise, the Roomster declares its affiliation to the Škoda family with identically designed tail lights. Roof rails are available as an optional extra for the Fabia and the Fabia Combi.

Inside, the passenger compartment is enhanced by new materials and visual refinements. The new chrome package, comprising chrome air vent inserts, gear knob, gear lever gaiter frame and handbrake locking button, lends the interior an air of exceptional quality. The optional three- and four-spoke leather multifunction steering wheels offer audio system and telephone remote control. The comfortable, breathable seat covers and upgraded Climatronic air conditioning controls infuse the interior with a quality usually reserved for higher-segment cars.

The instrument panel’s central display also indicates the recommended gear, a feature which helps to cut back on fuel consumption. Cars fitted with DSG transmission also display the gear currently in use. The outside temperature is constantly shown on the central display as this information is vital for safe driving. Cruise control and individually programmable speed warnings to alert the driver to motorway speed limits abroad and any speed restrictions related to the use of winter tyres are also displayed here.

Photo: 2011 Skoda RoomsterPhoto: 2011 Skoda Roomster

Like their siblings higher up in the Škoda family, the Fabia and Roomster can be fitted with the Amundsen navigation system, complete with a five-inch touchscreen, SD card reader and Aux-In jack for external audio devices. An additional Mobile Device Interface (MDI) for use with iPod, Aux-In, USB and Mini-USB units is also available (in combination with the Swing radio or Amundsen navigation system) and is located in the lower glovebox.

The GSM II phone preparation incorporates audiostreaming to keep two different Bluetooth connections on the go at the same time. This means you can phone via the hands-free device while listening to music from an external memory device. Both connections can be operated via the buttons on the optional multifunction steering wheel. Voice control is also activated via a button on the multifunction steering wheel or on the phone holster of the GSM II Comfort system.

Photo: 2011 Skoda Roomster ScoutPhoto: 2011 Skoda Roomster Scout

The environmentally-friendly GreenLine versions of the Fabia, Fabia Combi and Roomster are set to make their debut in Paris. Their 1.2 TDI CR engine is one of the most economical diesel engines on the market, paving the way for lower consumption in the GreenLine versions. The three-cylinder’s maximum power is 55 kW (75 bhp) and achieves a maximum torque of 180 Nm at 2000 rpm. This engine has a five-speed manual transmission and a start-stop system, significantly reducing fuel consumption. The recommended gear feature signalling the opportune moment to change gear, the lower rolling resistance tyres and aerodynamic modifications to the body and chassis of the Fabia hatchback are key fuel efficiency factors.

The combined fuel consumption of the Fabia and Fabia Combi is 3.4 l/100 km, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 89 g/km. The Roomster boasts combined consumption of 4.2 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 109 g/km. The GreenLine versions, like their standard counterparts, offer agile handling and superior pulling power, with the Fabia accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 14.2 seconds (Fabia Combi: 14.3 seconds; Roomster: 15.4 seconds), and a maximum speed of 172 km/h for the Fabia and Fabia Combi (Roomster: 165 km/h).

Seven petrol and four diesel engines are available. The power outputs of the petrol engines range from 44 kW to 132 kW for the Fabia and from 51 kW to 77 kW for the Roomster, while the diesel units for both deliver between 55 kW and 77 kW. All engines supplied within the EU meet EU5 exhaust emissions regulations, offer excellent fuel efficiency and, therefore, report extremely low CO2 emissions. All cars with manual gearboxes (apart from the three-cylinder 1.2 HTP petrol engines) include a gear selection indicator to encourage fuel-efficient driving. An arrow on the dashboard insert screen suggests when to change gears in order to keep the engine in its most efficient rev range.

Photo: 2011 Skoda Roomster ScoutPhoto: 2011 Skoda Roomster Scout

As elsewhere in the Škoda family, the Fabia and Roomster engine range is determined by the art of downsizing. Drastically reduced engine capacities are supplemented by turbo-charging or twin-charging and high precision direct fuel injection in order to achieve the optimal combination of performance as well as fuel efficiency.

Turbo-charging significantly increases torque levels, particularly on petrol engines, while pulling power is available from much lower revs than with conventional, naturally-aspirated engines. The top power unit of the Fabia series is the four-cylinder petrol engine in the Fabia RS. Despite its capacity of just 1.4-litres, twin-charging via a turbocharger ensures that the power output is 132 kW while peak drivetrain torque is 250 Nm from 2,000 rpm right through to 4,500 rpm. Combined consumption is just 6.2 l/100km, while CO2 emissions are a mere 148 g/km. Such performance and emissions are best-in-class standard.

Yet performance wasn't the only development target. Škoda Auto set the bar high with the environmental compatibility, smooth running and low noise levels of its new engines. When connected to the optimized dual-clutch direct shift DSG, the new 1.2 TSI petrol engine with 77 kW offers outstandingly low running costs. Fuel consumption of just 5.3 litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions of only 124 g/km are exceptional at this performance level. The four-cylinder TSI engine is offered at two levels of output – 63 kW and 77 kW, both combined with a manual five-speed gearbox.

Photo: 2011 Skoda Roomster GreenLinePhoto: 2011 Skoda Roomster GreenLine

Diesel engine outputs range from 55 kW to 77 kW, with capacities of 1.2 and 1.6 litres. All diesel engines are fitted with a particulate filter. A major innovation is the switch to high pressure injection via a common-rail system, injection pressures of up to 1,600 bar for the 1.2 TDI CR and 1,600 bar for the 1.6 TDI CR. The fast-response allow up to six injections per cycle, noticeably improving engine refinement and drastically reducing exhaust emissions. Additional cleaning of the exhaust gases is achieved by an oxidation catalyst and exhaust gas recirculation in all diesel engine versions of the Fabia and Roomster series.

Engine range:
1.2 HTP/44 kW (60 bhp) – EU 5 (not available for the Roomster)
1.2 12V HTP/51 kW (70 bhp) – EU 5/EU2
1.4 16V/63 kW (86 bhp) – EU 5
1.2 TSI/63 kW (86 bhp) – EU 5
1.2 TSI/77 kW (105 bhp) – EU 5
1.2 TSI/77 kW (105 bhp) (DSG) – EU 5
1.6 16V/77 kW (105 bhp) – EU 4/EU 2 (not yet available)
1.6 16V/77 kW (105 bhp) (A) – EU 4/EU 2 (not yet available)
1.4 TSI/132 kW (180 bhp) – EU 5 (for RS)
1.2 TDI CR DPF/55 kW (75 bhp) – EU 5/EU 4 (not yet available)
1.6 TDI CR DPF/55 kW (75 bhp) – EU 5 (not available for the Roomster)
1.6 TDI CR DPF/66 kW (90 bhp) – EU 5
1.6 TDI CR DPF/77 kW (105 bhp) – EU 5

Numerous safety systems ensure the security all Fabia and Roomster passengers and of other road users. Four airbags protect the front occupants, with the option of another two depending on the trim. ABS with brake assist is also a standard feature. The ESP system will now be accompanied by tyre pressure warning and hill start assist.

The new headlamp system has been designed to provide enhanced road illumination whether reflector or projector units are fitted. An energy-efficient daytime running light system is integrated into the new double-chamber fog lamps, roughly halving their energy consumption. This technology is also better at illuminating the road in foggy conditions.

In emergency braking situations – over 7 m/s2 at more than 60 km/h – the brake lights flash at a frequency of 3 Hz to warn the following traffic. If, after emergency braking, the vehicle speed is under 10 km/h and deceleration is under 2.5 m/s2, the hazard warning lights switch to their normal cycle (1.25 Hz) to alert the following drivers.

For convenience, the windows of the Fabia and the Roomster can be controlled via the remote locking device. All power-operated windows can be closed on leaving the car by keeping the lock button pressed down. In the summer, drivers who have left their Fabia or Roomster parked in direct sunlight can open the windows remotely to cool the interior.

Photo: 2011 Skoda RoomsterPhoto: 2011 Skoda Roomster

The anti-theft system in both models has become even more resilient. The new-generation immobilizer now protects vehicles more effectively against theft. Finally, Fabia and Roomster security benefits from a larger brake booster. The larger cylinder allows for better gauging of the braking effect and responds more spontaneously to the force applied on the pedal, making retardation faster and more sensitive.

Photo: 2011 Skoda Roomster ScoutPhoto: 2011 Skoda Roomster Scout

EMOTION AND LIFESTYLE: THE FABIA AND ROOMSTER SCOUT FOR RADICAL DRIVERS

The Fabia Scout has sensitively expanded the range of attractively designed Škoda models. It fulfils consumer demand for low price and individual mobility, and all three models – the Fabia Scout, the Fabia Combi Scout and the Roomster Scout – have benefited from a facelift and numerous technical improvements.

In recent years the Scout versions of the Fabia Combi, Roomster and Octavia Combi have developed into a well-established part of the Škoda model range. The Fabia Scout hatchback rounds off the lower end of the range by appealing to customers who may not need the increased loading capacity of the Fabia Combi Scout or Roomster Scout, but who nevertheless want to enjoy the benefits of the strong, rugged looks of a Scout version. As with previous Scout models, the Fabia will inject significant emotion into the brand and appeal to those who are looking for something that little bit different Excellent value for money, reliability and attractive looks are also classic virtues of the Škoda brand, all of which can be found in the new Fabia Scout.

The small car segment is generally judged by functionality and economy. The Fabia Scout breathes fresh air into this class. The easily identifiable appearance of this practical supermini has become even more rugged with the addition of a bold, specially designed off-road bumper. The standard black and silver roof rails – fitted to both the Fabia Combi Scout and the Fabia Scout – and the protective side mouldings make the Fabia Scout a car designed to radiate zest for life and style.

The Fabia Scout is equipped with alloy wheels especially designed for this model. Instead of the standard 16-inch wheels, customers can upgrade to larger 17-inch versions of the same design. The circular front fog lamps and tinted windows round off the exterior features of the Fabia Scout.

The distinctive Scout styling extends into the passenger compartment. The upholstery, similar to that in the Fabia Combi Scout and the Roomster Scout, is made of hard-wearing, comfortable material. The removable woven mats bear the Scout logo, which also appears on the boot to underline the Fabia Scout’s identity. The standard pedals of the Fabia Scout and the Fabia Combi Scout are stainless steel with rubber non-slip pads.

The new features introduced in the facelifts of the normal Fabia Combi and Roomster have been extended to the Scout versions too. These revised models continue to impress with exemplary luggage capacity of up to 1,485 litres in the Fabia Combi Scout and 1,810 litres in the Roomster Scout. The unique VarioFlex flexible rear seat system allows the Roomster Scout passenger compartment to be configured to accommodate all sorts of transportation needs.

The carefully compiled list of equipment sets the Scout models apart from competition. The highly sophisticated engine range, consisting of four petrol engines with outputs from 63 kW to 77 kW and four diesel units from 55 kW to 77 kW, guarantees drivers an agile and economical scout to help them on their way.

Photo: 2011 Skoda RoomsterPhoto: 2011 Skoda Roomster

Scout engine range:
1.4 16V/63 kW (86 bhp) – EU 5
1.2 TSI/63 kW (86 bhp) – EU 5
1.2 TSI/77 kW (105 bhp) – EU 5
1.2 TSI/77 kW (105 bhp) (DSG) – EU 5
1.6 16V/77 kW (105 bhp) – EU 4/EU 2 (not yet available)
1.6 16V/77 kW (105 bhp) (A) – EU 4/EU 2 (not yet available)
1.2 TDI CR DPF/55 kW (75 bhp) – EU 5/EU 4 (not yet available for the Roomster)
1.6 TDI CR DPF/55 kW (75 bhp) – EU 5 (not available for the Roomster)
1.6 TDI CR DPF/66 kW (90 bhp) – EU 5
1.6 TDI CR DPF/77 kW (105 bhp) – EU 5

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