Skoda Fabia (2015 - )
Last updated 13 July 2016
Skoda Fabia highest ranked small car and highest ranked car overall in 2016 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study . (Includes late 2007-2015 Fabia.)
The Skoda Fabia has always been a sensible choice of small car and the latest incarnation keeps up the tradition. It’s reasonably priced, cheap to run, comfortable and practical, but gets an added dash of upmarket appeal thanks to new Skoda family styling and extra technology, including standard DAB radio and Bluetooth.
The engine range is made up exclusively of frugal options, with no model above VED band B – meaning the most you’ll pay to tax a Fabia is £20 per year. The entry-level engine is a 1.0-litre petrol with 60PS, plus there is a 75PS version of the same engine along with a 1.2-litre with 90PS or 110PS. The diesel options are both 1.4-litre, with either 90PS or 105PS.
The pick of the range is the 90PS 1.2-litre petrol, which is perky and responsive, but still efficient with official economy of 60.1mpg. None of the engines is particularly exciting, nor is the Fabia a very fun car to drive – but it is quiet and comfortable, both in town or on the motorway.
In typical Skoda fashion the Fabia is practical. The boot is a good size at 330 litres – significantly ahead of rivals like the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa. Despite this fact, there’s space in the back for two adults to sit in reasonable comfort – though children will be more at home here. There are also two Isofix mounting points in the rear as standard.
Up front there’s a neat dashboard with logical controls and clear dials, with upmarket details such as a touchscreen system on offer. That said, despite more technology being available, the Fabia does lag a little when it comes to materials, with no plush, soft-touch plastics like you’d see on many rival models including the Volkswagen Polo.
But the Fabia still feels like a big step forward versus the old model. It's more stylish, has a better cabin and feels grown-up and competent on the road. Yet, despite all of the improvements, it still represents excellent value for money thanks to reasonable prices, decent equipment levels and low running costs.