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Overall reader 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
    4 out of 5 stars

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32 reader reviews for Skoda Fabia Hatchback.
  • 1.2 12v 70 1 5dr

    mark campbell , east lothian . Date: 28/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    This is actually concerning a MK 1 1.2 12 valve. Never ever buy one. The dealers have got too big for their boots. They think they are VW and are charging VW prices. I have owned Skodas for 10 yrs and have watched the decline. It is no longer a cheap option for a car. Service used to be first class when the dealers were smaller but now they have fancy, shiney new showrooms I think they have lost the personal touch. Also, I am tired of telling people "its really a VW under the skin" people will never get rid of their badge snobbery. Everyone looks down on you for owning a Skoda, I am sorry but it's true. Skoda, get back to your core principles of giving value for money. Stop acting like VW/AUDI and get back to what you used to be. People looking for value do not need fancy showrooms etc, they want a personal touch. Also, the car never gets near its' quoted mpg and be prepared to replace ignitition coils at regular times. They are a common problem and go without warning, then your car loses all power, just hope it doesn't happen on the motorway!

  • 1.2 12v 70 2 5dr

    jonathan Boddy , Berkshire . Date: 01/12/2008
    • Overall 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      42

    My car

    Bought this model after a 1.2 64hp Classic Mk1, an improvement in every way over its predecessor so far except one-fuel consumption.This is expected to improve as the car has covered only 7500 miles to date and VAG engines need a fair few more miles than that to give of their best.As this is a level 2 trim model there are a few more creature comforts,but where the new model really shines is the significantly increased interior space and boot space.I feel that handling is slightly improved,but there was not a lot wrong with the earlier model anyway.Along with a good dealer,the whole 'package' is one I would recommend to anyone.

  • 1.4 16v 2 5dr

    Robin Brittain , West Midlands . Date: 10/10/2008
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    Affected by the economic downturn I decided to change a mid sized family car. This would save me tax and petrol. It seems today that much of the research and development by manufacturers is being concentrated on the super mini class. So good are these cars that they are making life difficult for cars in class bands above them. For instance why buy a Focus when you can have the Fiesta or an Auris instead of the Yaris. I had seen a Fabia parked in the street and thought what a smart little car it looked. Very modern with a toucch of class. After looking at most of the superminis I road tested a Fabia 2 and duly impressed placed my order. Having driven the car for about three weeks my initial impressions have been confirmed with the major benefit being the excellant ride quality and more space than you would expect. Add the quality interior to the excellent economy and you have a car well suited to modern times. My only complaint is the lack of an outside temperature gauge. For those contibutors who complain about the light steering specify the 16" wheels from the Fabia 3 which cures the problem. I studied most of the competition and from what I can see the Fabia presents very good quality for the price asked. Skoda are certainly no longer a joke - just look at the new Superb. Perhaps when times get better.....

  • 1.6 16v Sport 5dr

    SARAH JACKSON Date: 17/08/2008
    • 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
      42

    My car

    We ordered the 1.6 Fabia Sport in June and have just taken delivery. We have traded in a Ford Fiesta and I have to say are very impressed. The ride is solid, the MPG excellent, 42 mpg within two days of driving on country roads, quality of build much better than ford and the look of the car in bright red is excellent. People have stopped to look as they are so taken with the car. Only gripe - no floor mats - we thought we had agreed with the dealer mats would be supplied, when we picked up the car no mats. For a £12K car I can't believe that £25 rubber mats are not supplied as standard, who would drive away a brand new car and not include mats? We also own an Audi which is why for a 2nd car we looked at Skoda, when you get behind the cabin the indicators, lights are all the same as an audi so we know the quality is there. Don't be fooled by the brand anymore, it is up there and should be considered as you get more car for your money.

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