For The Skoda Fabia Estate is neat and tidy to drive with a surprising amount of luggage space and good residual values.
Against The plastics in the cabin are disappointing and the engines are noisy, while curtain airbags are only standard on the top-spec model.
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The Skoda Fabia Estate manages to offer a decent amount of space for both luggage and passengers, but it lags behind the best in other areas.
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There are 16 Skoda Fabia versions available
Target Price team says:
The Fabia is well made, refined and offers a broad range of talents. Every Skoda Fabia Estate model is easy to drive, refined and handles nimbly in town and on faster roads.
Some of the cabin plastics are not as substantial as we'd expect, but the Fabia has a hard-won reputation for reliability and quality, so it's better to focus on the interior space, which is generous for an estate based on a supermini. There's also masses of adjustment in the driving position, so finding a comfy spot is no problem.
Skoda keeps the trim levels relatively simple, with a choice of S, SE, SE Plus, Elegance and Scout versions, and all are reasonably kitted out for the prices. There are several petrol and diesel engines to choose from, all offering good economy and emissions. The Greenline II version provides even lower emissions and excellent combined consumption for those wanting to do less harm to the planet.
Reader test team says:
This is an incredibly impressive car. Bought 18 months ago from Murray skoda in Newton abbot (superb service) we have now done c.20k miles. The car…
It's exactly what I wanted - practical, big enough and fun to drive. It has VAG parts and reliability and I still can't think of a car I would like…
After 5000 miles of ownership, I now feel confident this is the most complete car I have owned. Admittedly its not the trendiest or most expensive car…
I've now owned my new Fabia 2 1.4 TDI PD 80 diesel Estate for over four months. I've only covered some 2,500 miles of very mixed motoring, but the car…