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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

    J Lee , . Date: 11/01/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The VRS Fabia is a fantastically fun car to drive, especially when taking into consideration it's value for money. The 1.9 TDI engine is superbly torquey and responsive leaving much more prestigeous cars in the rear vision mirror. Acceleration between 30 and 50 mph is excellent and pulls strongly to 70 with ease. Econonmy is fantastic - I have had it up to 65mpg driving very carefully with an average of around 50mpg. Dispite all this I would describe it as a warm rather than hot hatch. I have had a couple of problems. Small niggle - the petrol cap lock failed. Bigger niggle - all four door cavity seals failed resulting in a £360 bill including replacing the underlay. I suspect damp is a major issue for a lot of Fabias as I recall quite few that I test drove having a strong smell of damp. Bit of a fly in the oitment considering that in many ways this is a pretty fantastic car. Only other criticism is that the interior has a very cheap feel - coverings are light and mark easily and the plastics feel pretty tacky. Overall I love driving this little car but compared with the Hondas I have owned in the past it is lacking in build quality.

  • 1.4 TDI PD 75 Comfort 5dr

    Steve Coombs Date: 04/01/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Car was bought four months ago with 27k on the clock, and has now covered 30k miles.

    Faults: Last owner obviously didn't do many motorway miles - I have and have noticed an alarming number of big stone chips appearing on the front end since I've owned the car - paint is way too soft, and front already looks worse than my previous 120k Mk4 Golf. Skoda badges are 'furring up', front and back - car is only three years old.

    Usual water ingress problem from all four doors sorted under independent dealer warranty - Skoda UK not interested even though car had blatantly had this problem for sometime and within the original 3 year warranty period.

    Stereo volume control has issues and sometimes doesn't fully eject CDs - excellent sound quality for a budget car though.

    Drives nice bar tends to feel out of shape in motorway crosswinds due to soft ride.

    Forget the claimed economy figures - never managed more than 53mpg, no matter how light with the throttle - 45 - 48mpg more usual.

    Derisory PX values being offered, as thinking of changing already - seems dealers still shy away from the Skoda badge.

  • 1.4 16v 100 Ambiente 5dr

    Janel Phillip Date: 03/01/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have my Fabia for 5 years now and I was please with it's performance and the cost of replacement and service. However, it's been in the shop now for 5 weeks with major problems. The service company does not know squat! One mechanic has told me I need a new throttle body which cost about US$1650.00 CRAZY!!! The car just started stalling during idle. I changed accelerator pedal, casket head, checked all sensors, checked ECU everything. If I get the throttle body I am selling it and getting a Japanese car because European Car experts is not readily available in the Caribbean.

  • 1.4 16v 100 Comfort 5dr

    Natalie Goodman Date: 19/12/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My Fabia is now 3.5 years old, out of warranty and showing alarming electrical problems.

    When I try to lock the car the electric windows both come down. They can be closed by turning on the ignition but you still can't lock the car!

    The alarm also has intermittent faults which mean it can sound as you are driving along, very spooky!

    Quotes for electrical repairs are very expensive, I am seriously thinking about getting rid of the vehicle.

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