For The Fabia offers excellent space, economical engines, impressive visibility and plenty of safety equipment for a competitive price.
Against It doesn't ride that well over patchy surfaces and many rivals have more appealing interiors.
What Car? says
The Skoda Fabia is supremely spacious for a small car, plus it's well equipped, good to drive and undercuts its main rivals on price. It's a brilliant choice and is thoroughly deserving of our 2015 Car of the Year award.
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There are 13 Skoda Fabia versions available
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The 74bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine feels less urgent than it does in Skoda's own Citigo or the VW Up city cars. This is partly due to the Fabia's extra size and weight, but the gearbox's widely spaced ratios also mean the engine has to be worked harder to make decent progress. It's okay around town, but feels out of its comfort zone on faster roads.
Our favourite is the 89bhp 1.2 TSI petrol, which is decently gutsy from low revs and rarely feels short of power. In fact, it's so good that we wouldn't bother spending the extra on the 109bhp 1.2. We've tried the more powerful engine with Skoda's slick seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox, but while it is faster than the 89bhp version, for most people the lower-powered unit will cope with town and country driving perfectly well.
We'd avoid the sparsely equipped S version and go for SE trim. This brings the all-important air-con, plus leather interior details and a larger touch-screen system.