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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. This is the outgoing version, so it will be replaced soon.

Skoda Fabia Hatchback
33 5stars

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.

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There are 17 Skoda Fabia versions available

Hatchback 1.2 12v 60 S 5dr £9,945
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 12v 70 SE 5dr £11,980
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI CR 75 S 5dr £12,430
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 86 SE 5dr £12,550
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 S DSG 5dr £13,035
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI CR 75 SE 5dr £13,365
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 12v 70 Reaction 5dr £13,405
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 SE DSG 5dr £13,970
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 86 Monte Carlo 5dr £14,070
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI CR 105 SE 5dr £14,180
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TDI CR 75 Greenline II 5dr £14,275
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 Elegance 5dr £14,295
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 Monte Carlo 5dr £14,730
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI CR 90 Elegance 5dr £15,040
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI CR 105 Elegance 5dr £15,265
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI CR 105 Monte Carlo 5dr £15,700
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 180 vRS 5dr £17,555
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

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.

Reader test team says:

Skoda Fabia Hatchback 1.2 6v 60 1 5dr

Well designed and spacious but is starting to develop more and more faults. First a clunk every time the car goes over a bump which the garage have…

Adrian Pinnock

2 out of 5 stars

Skoda Fabia Hatchback 1.2 TDI CR 75 Greenline II 5dr

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…

Andrew Livingstone

5 out of 5 stars

Skoda Fabia Hatchback 1.6 TDI CR 90 SE 5dr

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.…

David Rae

4 out of 5 stars

Skoda Fabia Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 Monte Carlo 5dr

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,…

Stephen Broome

4 out of 5 stars
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