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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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86 reader reviews for Skoda Fabia Hatchback.
  • 1.4 16v 100 Elegance 5dr

    Pat Langford Date: 18/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought this, my first Skoda, new in 1990. It is without a doubt the best car I have ever owned.

    It's solidly built, beautifully quiet and has amazingly good fuel consumption. I drove it on a tour around France one summer and got an average of over 50mpg. It cruises effortlessly at high speeds but is less good if fully loaded and on a steep hill where it struggles.

    The only other drawback as far as I am concerned is the quality of the dealerships. I have used three different ones so far and can best describe them as amateurish. They're too small and have sloppy premises, which are perhaps reminiscent of the day in which they sold cars that are simply nothing like the excellent machines now coming out of the Czech Republic. I have been given bad advice on more than one occasion. It is fortunate, though, that the car has not needed to go back for any reason other than servicing.

  • 1.9 TDI 130 vRS 5dr

    Ian Galloway , Ayrshire . Date: 26/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Mid-range acceleration is astonishing. Very quiet when cruising on the motorway.

    Ride quality is OK with some road noise because of stiff suspension and low-profile tyres. Good road holding (provided you are not a boy racer).

    Economy is excellent, 50mpg combined cycle no problem.

    The cabin is quite big for a supermini. Dashboard is a bit bland – lots of black plastic. Seats are too light – get dirty too easy.

    Equipment is good with traction control, ABS, air-con, front electric windows, central locking and a CD player. Good price as well. I got mine new for £11,200.

    Overall a surprising package and a great wee motor.

  • 1.9 TDI 130 vRS 5dr

    Tony Griffiths , Derbyshire . Date: 24/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Whist Skoda virtues of good fit and finish, exemplary reliability (nothing has gone wrong in the first 12,000 miles) and a rather understated appearance are now all taken for granted what makes the Fabia vRS so special is its enormous torque and a 6-speed gearbox that provides both economical high-speed cruising with a “gear-for-every-situation” on give-and-take roads.

    Although some reviewers consider it a sin to save money when motoring, the vRS really does disprove the old adage about not having your cake and being able to eat it. Stuck in town for hours on end, an easy 45 mpg is available; reach country roads and the sporting performance can be enjoyed without a consumption penalty; potter around and almost 60mpg is within reach.

    Handling on the very limit might not feel as secure as it should but in day-to-day driving this is just not noticeable. The downside? Make regular use of the acceleration and front tyre wear is heavy – a limit of 15,000 miles can be expected. And a more important gripe: whilst it’s clear that the dash, with a storage spaces and plain-Jane appearance, must have been commissioned to distance it from expensive VW versions there can be no reason for Skoda servicing costs to exceed those of VW.

    The VW group should take care: no one likes being taken for a ride and if servicing costs are viewed as excessive, owners will be very quickly dissatisfied. I’m already undecided about ordering a new Octavia – why should it cost more to service than a

  • 2.0 Elegance 5dr

    Craig Brown , Surrey . Date: 24/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have been running this car just two weeks, and already I love it. The joke now is definitely on the 'Skoda Jokers'. Beautiful gearbox. Quietly lusty engine delivers smooth torque which is always controllable.

    The build quality is first-class and, let's face it, this is a very good-looking car. My boss, getting out of her Mercedes coupe, asked in amazement what it was!

    The joke is over and the fun starts here.

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