The Fabia strategy: Skoda’s Monte Carlo hatchback lacks punch but rallies to impress nonetheless

The Fabia Monte Carlo model isn’t really a proper hot hatch, but it makes up for it with its good looks and comfortable interior

The Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo: the 110hp of the turbocharged three-cylinder engine provides a charming soundtrack and reasonably brisk performance

Think of Monte Carlo and undoubtedly supercars, yachts, helicopters and everything else that goes with the jet-set lifestyle of the super-rich and famous comes to mind.

What’s less likely to make it onto that mental mood board is a practical five-door hatchback from a Czech car brand. But hang in there and we’ll get to the connection.

Skoda didn’t choose Monte Carlo as the launch venue for the high-spec version of its already excellent Fabia ...