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"Those who were expecting a powerful diesel under the bonnet will be disappointed or pleasantly surprised"

"Those who were expecting a powerful diesel under the bonnet will be disappointed or pleasantly surprised"

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The second generation of the Skoda Fabia has been waiting a while for its pokey, vRS version - more than two years to be precise.

Those who were expecting Skoda to take the same quirky route as the first generation and slot a powerful diesel under the bonnet will be disappointed (or pleasantly surprised) to hear that the brand has gone for a petrol option this time around.

Specifically it is the same twincharger 1.4-litre petrol engine that already appears in several other Volkswagen Group products; the VW Polo, Seat Ibiza and Audi A1 all make use of the 180bhp unit in one way or another.

The Fabia vRS has lost its biggest selling point, and therefore doesn't offer the unique character of the old car. Instead Skoda is looking to offer a level of practicality that it is renowned for with cars such as the Yeti, Roomster and Superb. As the normal Fabia is only available with five doors, so is the vRS version.

An even more practical option, and potentially the Fabia vRS's trump card, is the estate version that will come with the exact same engine and gearbox combination. The only gearbox the Fabia vRS will offer is the seven-speed DSG option that comes with both normal and Sport settings. It also allows you to control the gear changes yourself via the paddles sat behind the steering wheel.

The quickest Fabia in the range boasts a 0-62mph time of 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 140mph. Despite this rapid nature, treat it with care and there is a claimed fuel economy of 45.6 to aim for. The performance and economy figures are identical for the hatchback and the estate versions.

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