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Skoda Fabia (2007–2015)

Last updated 5 April 2018

Decently built and good value. Cheap to run. Greenline models are very economical with low CO2 emissions.
Dull image. Smaller 1.2-litre petrol engine is lacklustre. Not exciting to drive.
Updated 5 April 2018

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Introduction

Despite having been on sale since 2007 the Skoda Fabia is still a sensible buy, thanks to a blend of value, practicality and a comfortable ride. It might be small in size but it’s cleverly packaged, making it a feasible choice as a family car – and one that is ideal for urban environments, thanks to low emissions, good fuel economy and easy parking.

That’s not to say it’s out of its depth on faster roads – Skoda offers a range of engines to suit all needs including a 105PS diesel and a 105PS 1.2-litre petrol, both of which are perfectly fine on motorways or twisting country lanes. Indeed the Fabia is a versatile car – it’s comfortable and easy to drive on most types of road.

The cabin is practical, with plenty of space in the back for adults, so children will be happy and because Skoda only offers the Fabia as a five-door, there’s no problem with rear seat access. The boot is usefully large and there’s a reasonable amount of technology on offer - buyers can get sat nav and Bluetooth as options. Unfortunately standard equipment isn’t brilliant and the cabin is starting to show its age, with a dated centre stack layout.

The 1.2-litre 105PS petrol engine is the pick of the range, offering the best blend of performance and running costs. There are cheaper petrol options with similar running costs, but they’re lacklustre in comparison and are best in urban-only use. The engine range also features four diesels ranging from a lethargic but economical 1.2-litre to a 105PS 1.6-litre that works well on the motorway.

It might be showing its age but the Fabia is still a good choice of small hatchback. All the ingredients are there – it’s decent to drive, cheap to run, practical and small enough to park. There are plenty of rivals that are just as good, though, so shopping around is important.

Owners' reviews

4
Excellent
3
Great car but engine will cost you a fortune if you have a 1.6TDI with the EA189 engine
5
A practical reliable car with good performance, comfort and roadholding.
5
Amazing car, Solid, not a rattle after all these years and very reliable.
5
A great value-for-money, economical hatchback with no obvious drawbacks
1
Worst Holiday Rental - Car drained me out!
 

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