What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For The Fabia has a surprisingly large boot, and it's as good to drive as the hatchback

Against It's too small to be a serious workhorse, and the smaller engines struggle

Verdict One of the best supermini-based estate cars

Go for… 1.9 TDI

Avoid… 1.9 SDi

Skoda Fabia Estate
  • 1. Ensure coolant hoses are all properly connected - if they come off, the engine can overheat
  • 2. The 75bhp 1.4-litre engine is prone to cylinder-head gasket failure
  • 3. Check the front footwell carpets for damp - if they're wet, the vents may be clogged with leaves
  • 4. The boot capacity is excellent considering the small size of the car
  • 5. The cabin isn't especially exciting to look at, but it will seat five adults
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