Review: Skoda Fabia (2000 – 2007)


Practical, well-built hatch, reasonably enjoyable and easy to drive. Owners love them. Good value.

Mundane and characterless inside. Boot has a high loading lip. Early ones have a lap belt only for the middle rear seat.

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Skoda Fabia (2000 – 2007): At A Glance

What does a Skoda Fabia (2000 – 2007) cost?

List Price from £12,530
Buy new from £9,558
Contract hire from £127.18 per month
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30–73 mpg

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What's a good reliable estate on a £1500 budget?

I need to buy a cheap estate car to transport my two dogs. I have a budget of £1500 max ideally and will only do about 3000 miles a year. What do you recommend for reliability and ideally, cheap road tax?
If you don't need a huge amount of space, a Skoda Fabia Estate might be a good option. They're robust little cars with a big boot and fairly easy access thanks to a low lip. Also, consider an Octavia if you need more space. Alternatively, consider a Vauxhall Astra Estate. There are loads about so you can be picky about condition. Avoid diesels for your mileage.
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