For The Skoda Fabia rides decently enough, its cabin is spacious and all of the controls are a doddle to use. Skoda has a fine reliability record, too.
Against The base models are noisy and underpowered and some rivals are better to drive. The cabin plastics are hard and unappealing.
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The Skoda Fabia is roomy and well made, but its interior is desperately dull. While it’s a good car, the best in its class are truly brilliant. By Steve Huntingford
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There are 18 Skoda Fabia versions available
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.
Reader test team says:
I have had the Greenline II for 2 years now with absolutely no problems at all to mention. The interior isn't fantastic but everything is well built…
This is my second Fabia 2. Previous model was the 1.9td 3. Excellent fuel economy , performance & equipment but the ride was spoilt by the 16" tyres.…
I've had my skoda for 6 months and it has been great. The black trim, roof, and wheels really make the car look loads better than the standard Fabia,…
I have had this for four years. Its great, but the aircon has never worked. Its a company car, and when skoda get hold of it they seem just to regas…