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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.
  • 1.2 6v Classic 5dr

    Benjamin Fyson , Hertfordshire . Date: 23/08/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    My first car had to be reliable enough for me to maintain, safe (I was not an experienced driver), and comfortable enough to do the 40-minute commute to school in. In the reviews and from what I’d experienced, cars usually driven by people my age (Peugeot 206, Vauxhall Corsa, Renault Clio) didn't quite fit the bill. Reviews of the Fabia were all complimentary, and I warmed straight away to its mature image and style. I promptly bought a 2003 1.2-litre, (said to be particularly reliable) in basic Classic trim. The drive is remarkable - the 54bhp engine, for all its lack of outright speed, is quiet and very willing. The handling is crisp, and body lean is kept in check despite an exceptionally fluid ride quality. The car will happily carry five people at speed, and quietly, too. The cabin is solidly constructed, but the design is fairly uninspiring. A little silver trim wouldn't go amiss! With such unstable fuel prices it's useful that my Fabia will travel 43 to 47 miles on each gallon of unleaded, even though I seem to rush everywhere, I feel safe in it; I’ve been crashed into at around 30mph by a 1996 Jaguar XJR, and despite needing major repairs, surprisingly it was my car that survived the crash, not the Jag. However, on pre-facelift models like mine equipment is sparse. I’ve no central locking or electric windows, but this is remedied on newer models. But in short, the Fabia is supremely comfortable, cheap to run, and a pleasure to own - I'm chuffed to bits with it!

  • 1.9 TDI 130 vRS 5dr

    Ally Kale , Stirlingshire . Date: 22/08/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
    • Average MPG
      48

    My car

    I bought a 2004 Vrs at 2 1/2 years old.It is remapped by Star Performance from knew and is running about 175 bhp. Car had 22k on the clock when I got it and from about 34k I have noticed the clutch slips a little at low revs if the foot is down. If remapping, an uprated clutch is advised but costs from circa £750 fitted. I do not drive the car hard but at 40k on pulling away casually at lights my turbo blew. Skoda quoted me £1400 fitted for a new (standard) one! (Car was 9 months out of warranty). An uprated turbo actully came in cheaper than a standard one from Skoda and got a stage 2 Turbo Dynamics turbo fitted by Star Performance. Audi TT discs and calipers fit straight on for increased stopping power. Circa £250 fitted.

    This turbo will take upto 300 bhp in theory. Obviously this would not be possible to put through the front wheels and I know of a few cars running 260 bhp. Anything near 200 bhp needs a bigger intercooler to keep the temp down.

    Had the car over a year and a half and a day does not go by where I do not love driving it. Still get 45 to 50+ mpg when driven conservatively. £220 insurance too is great.

    Agree that the cabin isn't the most exciting but combine VW reliability, fuel economy, insurance and even standard performance, this is a fantastic car. Light grey seats are difficult to keep clean as seem to pick up stains easily. I am less than £150 for a service at my Skoda garage too.

    I would only change it for a newer Ltd Edition blue one.

  • 1.9 TDI 130 vRS 5dr

    PAUL WILKINSON , CUMBRIA . Date: 17/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      58

    My car

    Just an update on my previous review.Managed to get most of the faults sorted under warranty(seat belt tensioner,gear knob loose and fuel cap release u/s) The brakes or something behind the wheel are making alot of noise and i have took the car back to the garage 5 times now.Dont get me wrong,the dealer is friendly and polite about the situation,but they are baffled to what it could be.They have replaced the brakes and discs to try and rectify the problem,but it has came back. Its really bugging me as the car itself drives immaculatly and pulls like a train tn any gear whilst still returning 55-65mpg and i have frequently seen 75mpg average on my trip computer on a very quiet 60mile trip from carlisle to holrook near sellafield driving on a feather throttle at 50-55mph...and that road aint exactly straight and hill free! Engine is noisy on a cold start,but doesnt take long to warm through and unless you are booting it,you soon forget you are driving a diesel powered rocket.

  • 1.9 TDI 130 vRS 5dr

    david hague , south yorkshire . Date: 16/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having owned this car for a year I still love it. It was remapped to about 180bhp which gives the car awsome midrange power.If driven carefully mpg amazing 40-62.I would recommend xeonon lamps very good in winter. Buy one soon you will love it!!

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