The ongoing Fabia has been released back in 2014 and since then it quickly started to sell better than ever before thanks to its smart looks and great interior. Not that long ago the Monte Carlo has been released for the UK market and more recently, the 2017 Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo also became available in Australia as well as a few other markets. Despite its name, do not think this is the successor of the VRS. In fact, the Monte Carlo trim levels come with a few interior and exterior upgrades and that’s about it. It boasts the same engines as the regular model but it does come with a few changes under its skin which we are going to tackle next.
2017 Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo price
Just like with the Polo or the A1, the new Fabia is based on the same PQ25 chassis which has evolved tremendously over the years. The car is comfortable and it drives very well for its class. The Monte Carlo can also be had with an upgraded suspension system. This gets new shocks, slightly lower springs as well as tweaked bushings. The price for the Australian market has been set at slightly over $23,000 while in the UK the car can be had for as little as £15,500 which is quite a bit better than some of its competitors.
The 2017 Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo looks great and this is likely its main selling point. Over the base model, it gets new headlamps with LED daytime running lights as well as a new bumper. This gets a small black splitter which really completes the way it looks. The back also gets a new bumper with a new lower valance in the same of a small diffuser. Black headlights and tail lights surroundings as well as blacked out exterior trims make it look a lot more aggressive than the base model. The base model will get 16-inch black alloy wheels while as an option, 17-inch black alloys and the sports suspension can also be had.
The car comes with the exact same dashboard and infotainment system as the regular Fabia. However, the Monte Carlo adds unique seat upholstery with red stitching, a red center console with black accents as well as a new red-stitched steering wheel. Unfortunately, things like a touch-screen infotainment unit, climate control or adaptive cruise control are not available on the base Monte Carlo which is a shame considering the high price tag.
Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo 2017 specs
There are three different engines available with the 2017 Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo. The base model gets a 1.2 liter turbocharged inline 4 with 90 horsepower and 160 Nm of torque. A five-speed manual is the only gearbox here. An 110 horsepower version with 175 Nm of torque can also be had with either a six-speed manual or a DSG automatic. A 1.4 liter 3 cylinder diesel with 90 or 105 horsepower and 230 or 250 Nm respectively can also be had. Like with the petrol engine, a five-speed manual comes as standard with the base diesel but the most powerful unit doesn’t get a six-speed manual or even an automatic. Instead, it gets the same five-speed unit as the base diesel. This is a shame because the most powerful engine could have been great with a better gearbox. In any case, the Monte Carlo is not the fastest car out there but it does the job. On top of that, when equipped with the optional suspension system it becomes a really good car. It drives great, it is quite comfortable and on top of that, it looks very impressive with the Monte Carlo package.