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What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For Lots of car for the cash. Good to drive, solidly built

Against Not as exciting to drive as a Fiesta. Cabin is a bit drab

Verdict The Fabia is a brilliant, grown-up supermini that’s unfairly overlooked by badge snobs

Go for… 54bhp 1.2-litre petrol

Avoid… 64bhp 1.9 SDI diesel

Skoda Fabia Hatchback
  • 1. Check the coolant hoses are all connected - they can come off and cause overheating
  • 2. The 75bhp 1.4-litre engine is prone to cylinder-head gasket failure
  • 3. Check the front footwell carpets for damp - if they're wet, the air vents may be clogged with leaves
  • 4. The cabin is very well made and comfortable throughout
  • 5. For a supermini, the boot is a decent size
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