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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.
  • 1.9 TDI 130 vRS 5dr

    Richard Appleford Date: 11/12/2004
    • 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

    Bought 2 months ago. Completed 5000 miles. I bought the car which makes most sense to me.

    I have a heavy right foot but even I can return 51mpg in a car that has still more to offer. I can get 5 people in comfortably. It cost 2/3rds the price of my parents VW Golf TDi but does everything just as well.

    Image... who cares? Only those who wish they'd bought something which is so complete. This is the performance/quality/practical buy of the century. Don't ever let anyone tell you "ah well, it's so good because it's a VW", or "it is German build quality". It's a Skoda and deserves to be called a Skoda.

    If you had asked me 10 years ago that I'd buy a Skoda I'd laugh in your face. I'm glad I didn't!

  • 1.4 Silverline 5dr

    Jerushia Sultana Date: 30/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought this car four years ago. I am on the whole satisfied with its performance but I regret buying it because, since I bought it, I have spent a small fortune on it.

    After a year I had to change the radiator, then after six months I had to change all the shock absorbers and now I have to change the gas kit and water reservoir again.

    In the past four years it has cost me around 1200 Euros to keep it running.

  • 1.4 16v 100 Comfort 5dr

    Mark Lapicki Date: 26/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The Fabia in 1.4 16v form is a solid understated driving tool. It's not there for enjoyment, for track days or off-road adventure, it's a car, plain and simple but it's very very good at the job it does.

    Some notes you may not be aware of:

    This car shares a lot of mechanical components with the Polo and the Ibiza, except it costs thousands less and the dealers are considerably more friendly. However despite buyers of these 'sister' cars paying a lot more, they lose out on performance. The 'equivalent' Ibiza or Polo 1.4 16v engine develops 75bhp compared to this cars 100bhp. To get 100bhp in a Polo you need to spend £12,000 for the 1.4 sport model. Interesting considering the VAG group policy at the moment is to pitch Seat as the sporty brand.

    The only problems to note for my car is a slow and inconsistent throttle response, which makes pulling away a bit of a hit-and-miss affair.

  • 1.9 TDI 130 vRS 5dr

    Mac Mackenzie , Berks . Date: 28/10/2004
    • 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

    For the price, equipment and performance levels, I believe this is a hard act to follow. Having owned numerous and driven many varying types of vehicles, this one has to be the most fun.

    Averaging 50+ mpg on a run and 48mpg around town you don't have to save up to drive it!

    So far in seven months and 7000 miles, it has needed no dealer attention whatsoever. Internally there was enough room for the four of us to venture on holiday in comfort, and even take our luggage!!

    We downsized from a larger vehicle when we bought the VRs and to date have sacrificed nothing. Having made the move if you can overcome the badge mentality then I would strongly suggest you give one a go!

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