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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 12v Silverline 5dr

    Noel Keville , Merseyside . Date: 18/10/2004
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I Have the 14v Silverline Hatchback Fabia, it's just come up to its 10,000-mile service and I am completely satisfied.

    I looked around for a while before I found a car that met all my requirements, one of them being comfort. This is because I am 6ft 7in and in many other cars I tried I felt like Hightower from the Police Academy films.

    Even though this is only a 12v car it is very nippy and holds its own well against many other 14v and 16v cars.

    I know some people have criticised the interior as very spartan, but I disagree. Yes, I know what you're thinking: “You would say that anyway because who would like to admit that they have a boring car!” But really, I think it's stylish and minimal, some car dashboards are far too flashy at the expense of being less functional.

    When I need to get a new car, I won’t be getting anything else except a newer Fabia!

  • 1.9 TDI 130 vRS 5dr

    MICHAEL SMITH Date: 16/10/2004
    • 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 THE VRS BRAND NEW 2 MONTHS AGO. ALL I CAN SAY IS ITS QUAILTY FROM TOP TO BOTTOM.

    FRIENDS OF MINE HAVE VW GOLFS, BUT THEY CANNOT MATCH THIS CAR FOR BUILD QUALITY.

    YOU COULD REBADGE THIS CAR A AUDI, AND NO ONE INSIDE THE CAR WOULD QUESTION YOU.

    ENONOMY IS FANTASTIC FOR A HOT HATCH (50MPG), AND BELIEVE ME IT IS HOT.

    ON THE ROAD, AT A PRICE OF £12000, ITS A BARGAIN TOO GOOD TO BE MISSED .

    ALL IN ALL FANTASTIC...

  • 1.4 Comfort 5dr

    Peter Mason Date: 12/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is one of the most unreliable cars I have ever owned (and I've had a few duff ones over the years).

    My Fabia 1.4 hatchback has had problems over the first three years since we purchased it from new:

    1. The console warning lights were set off by airport radar (insufficient shielding on the electrical cabling in the Fabia) - this has happened regularly over a three-year period. You have to visit a main dealer to get the warning lights re-set each time this happens (sigh!)

    2. Intermitent starting problems.

    3. Coolant leaks, which the main dealer has been unable to trace.

    4. Fuel pump failure.

    5. Strange electrical problems - the electric window controls will suddenly operate different windows.

    It's a comfortable ride, but for a car which was voted 'Car Of The Year' when it was launched, I am extremely disappointed with it and as a result of my experiences with the Fabia I will not be buying another Skoda.

  • 1.2 12v Classic 5dr

    Morag Drummond , Fife . Date: 12/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I think you are over generous with this car. Having driven and liked a previous model Polo, I thought the Fabia was a good bet, based on the reviews and general opinion.

    My initial impression was of a very bland and unappealing dashboard and a poor equipment levels.

    I found it nigh impossible to find a comfortable driving position and found the car pretty underpowered, which is surprising as my current car is a 1.0 56bhp Corsa.

    I found the dealer very pushy and was determined to sell me a pre-registered 1.2 12V, while I wanted to test and enquire about the 1.4.

    When I arrived for my test-drive, I was informed I couldn't drive the 1.4 and only the 1.2 was available. There was no discount available on the pre-registered vehicle, it had a little extra kit and I felt hassled. I was unimpressed with the car and the dealer.

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