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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.
  • 1.4 TDI PD 80 3 5dr

    paul smith Date: 04/08/2007
    • 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

    I have just taken delivery of my new Fabia - and what a car! I have downsized from a 1.6 Ambiente Octavia but the build and quality of this new car so far are first class.

    It has a lot of features that would cost extra on the Octavia, eg curtain airbags, cruise control, foglights, rear parking sensors and digital climate control. My car is metallic beige and the colour really suits it, especially as it looks like you have darkened windows when they are only standard windows.

    The deal I got was fantastic so it is definately well worth shopping around. Spacewise it seems fine and even better car tax is only £35 a year.

    My only minor critiscism is that, from the driver's seat, it is difficult to work out where the front of the bonnet is. But you soon get over that.

    All in all, anyone looking for a good quality small car should definately give this one a look.

  • 1.2 12v 70 2 5dr

    arnold johnstone , staffs . Date: 31/07/2007
    • 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

    I have just ordered this car for september delivery. I test drove various other cars along the "Super Mini" range including the Suzuki Swift and SX4, non of them really convincing me that I needed to buy one.Most of them having a cheap plastic interior and poor quality fabric on the seats. I am downsizing from a Renault Scenic 1.6 Dynamique now just over two years old, which has given me a lot of problems,of which there a numerous listings of on this site. Anyhow,as soon as I started to drive the New Fabia I knew it was the car for me. I am six foot two, and it takes some for me to get into a comfortable driving position.The seat adjustments are great, and the height adjuster is just right. Added together with height and rake adjustment on the steering wheel, and you get a perfect postion for all builds. The car drives very well and feels positive at all speeds.It was suprisingly nippy for a 1.2 - 3 cylinder engine There is hardly any road noise, and just a slight wind noise form the drivers side, but it was a very windy day on my test drive. The build quality is apparant as soon as you get into the car. Yes there is a lot of plastic to the dash but it is not cheap looking, as with a lot of the other cars I tried.Close the doors and you hear a dull thunk rather than a tiny clank! All in all, I think this is one of the best cars in its class.Together with low road tax, low insurance, and a price tag that will keep my bank balance happy, I love it.

  • 1.9 TDI PD 3 5dr

    Stuart Brown , Lancashire . Date: 31/07/2007
    • 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

    I've had the Fabia 1.9 TDI level 3 since 1st September, so I'm still getting used to it and the engine hasn't been worked in yet.

    I got the following extras: - Sound control steering module - should be standard, but worth every penny - 3rd head rest - should be standard, looks better with it - ESP, with rear brake discs - Tyre pressure warning

    Had one problem so far. The upper glove box got very very hot. The lower glove box light was not turning off. This was easily fixed by the garage.

    I've noticed the sound system may be a bit dodgy. I've had it playing an mp3 cd, then the sound went off, yet the display was still on. Tried everything whilst driving to make it work. Sound was fine when I started the engine again.

    Also the rear parking sensors have not come on when reversing once, there was no initial beep, again an engine restart seemed to fix it.

    Very happy with car build quality. No rattles, everything is solid. My dad had a Nissan Note as courtesy car, that was a pretty cheap build compared, mind you they are mostly Renault now.

    Fuel wise, my first tank full got 52mpg, my current tank full is reporting an average of 52, but this is with less motorways.

    I'm still not quite used to the seat, not the most comfortable, but getting used to it, the initial height of the plastic base is too high. Also the clutch seems to ache my knee a bit. But I had that in my last diesel. Petrols seem better for clutches.

    Very happy overall.

  • 1.6 16v 2 5dr

    Fredrik Rich , West Yorkshire . Date: 26/07/2007
    • 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

    Like so many of the newer superminis the Fabia has grown in size, which of course leads to much better interior space and a feeling of solidity on the road.

    The model I drove had the tiptronic automatic gearbox fitted, which seems to work well with very smooth gear changes.

    When driving the car, one of the first things you notice is just how comfortable the seats are, and how good the ride quality is. This is one comfy, relaxing car to drive.

    The handling seems fine, and the 1.6 engine seems to pull well from low revs, right up to motorway speeds.

    The steering however, is very light, and gives minimal feedback, which is a shame as it spoils the otherwise very positive driving experience.

    The claimed fuel economy seems about on a par with other petrol automatic superminis.

    The interior is well laid out and the quality of plastics used seems to be quite high.

    There is plenty of space in the back for adult passengers and even with four adults on board the performance doesn't seem overly blunted.

    The level of equipment that comes as standard with the 2 seems decent enough, though the 3 is even better on this score.

    Overall, I like the car quite a lot, but the light steering may put me off buying one.

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