Deal of the day: Skoda Fabia

  •  Save more than £2000 on the Skoda Fabia
  •  Efficient, powerful and refined engine
  •  More spacious than most rivals and good equipment levels

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The car: Skoda Fabia Hatchback 1.2 TSI SE
The saving: £2158
The discounted price: £10,392
The broker: carfile.net

For
The Skoda Fabia is the cheaper, more sensible alternative to the Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo. It comes with a good range of engines, but this 85bhp 1.2 turbo petrol is our pick of the range because it has plenty of power and is smooth and efficient.

You don’t need to rev the engine to make progress and, with well contained wind and road noise, the Fabia is a refined place to spend time in. It rides nicely too, although it can get jostled slightly by bumps around town and isn’t as composed as a Ford Fiesta.

Inside, the Fabia is more spacious than most cars in this class. Four full-sized adults can get comfortable with lots of head- and legroom, and the middle-rear seat is usable for short journeys. The boot is large and means the Fabia is reasonably practical.

The Fabia should hold on to its value better than some rivals and all engines are impressively efficient, keeping running costs down. Skoda has built a strong reputation for reliability and the Fabia finished joint second in the 2012 JD Power survey.

Against
The Fabia is refined on the move, but it’s definitely not an engaging car to drive. Its body leans into corners, and the light steering is vague and offers little connection to the road surface. Overall it’s been set up for comfort rather than fun.

Although it feels like a quality product, the interior is filled with hard and unappealing plastics, meaning its ambience isn’t nearly as upmarket as its Volkswagen rival.

It’s also behind its rivals in terms of safety, scoring four stars with Euro NCAP, where most of its competitors scored five. It will also cost more to service than most of its competitors.

Should I add any options?
SE is our favorite trim as it adds air-con, electric door mirrors and halogen headlights over the standard front electric windows, remote central locking and CD/MP3 stereo.

We’d avoid it, but step up to Elegance trim and you get electric windows all round, a multifunction steering wheel, alloys, curtain airbags and extra speakers for the stereo.

What next?
Head to carfile.net and select Skoda and Fabia from the drop-down menus to see the list of deals available.

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