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The Winter 2019/20 Edition of The Derbeian Magazine, a magazine about all things Derby, past and present that also doubles up as a useful, local business directory


THE Derbeian | Winter 2019/20 Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo 1.0 TSI 95PS How I wish the songs of Spring were back in the air. Keats famously lamented their loss in his poetic ‘Ode To Autumn’. He wanted to claim that ‘The season of mists’ had its own music. He might have had a point. I know for a fact that the romantic Mr. K never took to the road in a Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo - but had he been treated to such an experience ‘O. Sad K’ would have discovered ‘Skoda music’ of a quality far superior to the murmuring of pesky gnats. For me, I can’t wait for the warm weather to return in the budding season. In the meantime I’ll settle happily for Skoda music of the Fabia Monte Carlo kind. To drive this award-winning supermini is to feel a surge of replenishing sap course through ones veins. This car is an endorsement of peppy pleasure: a true reminder that life should be lived to be enjoyed. Behind the wheel the grey filters of mundane existence fall away in exchange for a bright kaleidoscope of Skoda sportiness. How is it achieved? Through a sensible approach to vim and vigour. Skoda have here a ‘supermini’ that is just a little bit more super-refined. And no, it’s not a tarmac scorching tornado of twisting torque. Sense, you see. No harm in having extra pzazz - for instance in the way of sporty trim, alloy wheels, tinted windows and other styling add-ons. The key note is lively fun. Of course, you need extra in the way of good dynamics plus involving handling. 34 | Motoring with Syd Taylor

Winter 2019/20 | THE Derbeian Add responsive steering and.... well: you get the picture. It’s sporty but within sensible limits and you get excellent economy. Skoda claim over 50mpg - and you can get that easily - even though it is a car that invites exuberance. ‘Curses! Only a 95PS 1.0 litre 3 cylinder petrol engine and a top speed of around 115mph’ I thought. ‘That won’t threaten a low-flying jet fighter.’ But what an engine it is: zippy, smooth and quiet and matched to a perfect ‘snickety snick’ 5 speed manual gearbox. It’s a joy to use on twisty roads or motorway hauls where you appreciate that little road noise disturbs you: and wind noise is at a minimum too. You might not think so but long journeys in one of these are a breeze. This variant of the Fabia is about reminding oneself on grey damp days that clear skies do glow with radiance. But there’s a limit to words. Live with the Fabia for a few days and you appreciate what good value this practical five-door supermini, with its easy room for four in comfort and a decent size boot, represents. The bright and fashionable interior makes one wonder whether one’s own bright clothing is superfluous as traffic cameras blink at any drivers and passengers bold enough to execute the ‘full monty’. A reminder, if you like, that this is the Monte Carlo and not the Monty Python. This car certainly lifts your spirits. Handling and ride are perfectly poised in the sweet spot of genetic automobile engineering. You get more pleasure per mile than you might imagine, enjoying the cars responsiveness on roads that are a delight to devour in the company of this adroit supermini. Ultimately the best news involves a cliche that will have editors groaning. At £17,460 it won’t bust the bank. For such a little cracker of a car you get the real deal without hazarding a fortune. In today’s era of quantitative easing the Fabia offers ‘qualitative’ easing in the context of a superlative supermini motoring experience. Motoring with Syd Taylor | 35

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