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For The Fabia vRS hatch offers scorching performance, a slick semi-auto gearbox and composed handling. It’s spacious and well priced, too.

Against Some rivals are more fun and there’s a lot of wind noise. It’s easy to mistake it for more humdrum Fabias and the interior is desperately dull.

Skoda Fabia Hatchback

What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

A fast, practical and temptingly priced hot hatch, but it’s not as sharp as the best rivals and its looks are pretty bland.

What Car? readers say

4.0625


Key facts

0–60mph
7.3 secs
Top speed
139 mph
Average mpg
45.6
Tank range
451 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The Skoda Fabia is starting to feel its age next to the best superminis, but it’s still comfortable, easy to drive and nimble in town.

Some of the cabin plastics are not as appealing as we’d expect, but Skoda has a hard-won reputation for reliability and build quality, so it’s better to focus on the space, which is generous for a car in this sector.

There’s also masses of seat and steering wheel adjustment, so finding a comfortable driving position is no problem. Skoda keeps the trims relatively simple, with a choice of S, SE, SE Plus and Elegance versions, and all are reasonably kitted out for the prices.

There are several petrol and diesel engines to choose from, but we’d avoid the three-cylinder 1.2s because they’re underpowered and noisy. The 1.4 petrol is a better bet, as are the turbocharged four-cylinder petrol 1.2s.

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Andrew Livingstone

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David Rae

4 out of 5 stars

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Stephen Broome

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