How much does the Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo cost?
The sticker price is $36,990 plus on-road costs. Skoda is sweetening the deal by offering a driveaway price of $37,990. Most of the exterior colours are free, but orange and red metallic hues add $500. Opt for the park assist feature and you’re up another $1000.
No matter which way you cut it, that’s not a cheap light hatch. In the same segment, a top-spec Toyota Yaris hybrid costs $32,200 plus on-road costs, the most expensive Mazda2 is $26,490 and a go-fast Hyundai i20 N is $34,990. Audi’s mid-spec A1 35 TSFI is $36,400 and a Mini Cooper starts at $37,500 plus on-roads.
Move up to the more spacious small hatch segment and a top-line Kia Cerato GT is $35,790 plus on-road costs, while a Mazda3 G25 GT is $35,690.
So Skoda is playing a high-stakes game. It justifies this by saying the standard equipment equates to a $15,000 upgrade to the previous model’s specification (and that car sold for $29,490 driveaway).
The other factor to consider here is Skoda is only selling one variant. Skoda Australia director Michael Irmer said customers have gravitated to the more expensive versions, which is why it is only (for now) offering the Fabia in Monte Carlo guise.
“The value of Skoda resides in providing the most metal, the very latest in technical sophistication and the best whole of life ownership proposition for the money. We have launched the new generation Fabia in its top line configuration because this is what our customers tell us they want from a Skoda,” Irmer noted.
Pre-paid servicing runs to $1,500 over five years.
Is the Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo safe?
The Skoda Fabia ticks all the boxes as far as ANCAP is concerned and has accordingly earned a five-star rating.
Safety software includes autonomous emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assistance and blind-spot monitoring.
ANCAP deemed the Fabia worthy of an 85 per cent mark for adult occupant protection, 81 per cent for child occupant protection, 70 per cent for vulnerable road users and 71 per cent for safety assist features.
The only obvious omissions from the safety suite are the absence of a front centre airbag to prevent head-clashes for front-seat occupants in a side-on hit, autonomous braking when reversing and when turning at an intersection.