Skoda Fabia Review 2022

Skoda Fabia At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The latest Skoda Fabia is a perfect example of how to make the ideal small hatchback. It does everything incredibly well, is cheap to run and even looks good. With cheaper prices than a Volkswagen Polo, this is where the smart money goes.

+Very refined and quiet for a small car. Impressive ride quality. Does everything very well.

-A Ford Fiesta is more fun to drive. No hybrid or electric models.

It's all change for this generation Skoda Fabia as Skoda ditched the boxy looks of its predecessor for a far more attractive and desirable design. And this is a key thing as Skoda aims to shake off the staid and sensible image of the Fabia that has put off younger buyers who would rather go for a Ford Fiesta or Vauxhall Corsa. Of course some things remain... it's still practical, refined and represents excellent value for money, too.

Skoda has a reputation for sensible and practical - and the Skoda Fabia has been the epitome of that. But style has in the past taken a back seat. But that's changing with the 2021 Skoda Fabia which, shock horror, actually looks good. Finally a Fabia that's actually sleek and attractive.

With styling influenced by the Skoda Kamiq, the 2021 Skoda Fabia is a far better proportioned car that we think has what it takes to give the Volkswagen Polo a run for its money. But being a Skoda this remains a sensible, practical and affordable hatchback.

Its real forte is the ride quality. Few small cars (or even those from the Golf-sized class above) ride as well as the Skoda Fabia. It's great at ironing out rough roads and is just as capable on the motorway where the Fabia is very content - and quiet - cruising at 70mph.

Safe and reassuring to drive, yes the steering could do with more feel (a now common complaint on most small cars) and a Ford Fiesta is more enjoyable to drive, but it's very hard to pick fault with the way the Skoda Fabia goes about its business. It's an incredibly easy to live with hatchback.

It is also cheap to run - although we're surprised there are no hybrid or electric models. But with a range of frugal 1.0-litre engines, all of which can return at least 50mpg, this is a cheap car to run.

There's also more space than before - the Fabia now more than 4 metres in length for the first time. This means better space for both those in the front and back (handy for kids in car seats) plus a huge 380-litre boot. In fact it's the biggest of any small hatchback we know - even the ever versatile Honda Jazz.

With prices starting at around £15,000 for the entry-level Skoda Fabia S (which admittedly doesn't get alloys and has a plastic rather than leather steering wheel) the Fabia is no longer the bargain it once was. But it's also a far better and more generously equipped car than before. And when you consider that a Volkswagen Polo starts at more than £17,500, the Fabia looks great value.

If you're after a high quality and comfortable small hatchback that does everything incredibly well without costing a fortune, you can't beat the 2021 Skoda Fabia. It's one of our very favourite small cars

Looking for a second opinion? Why not read heycar's Skoda Fabia review.

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