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What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For Good passenger space, good reliability record, big boot

Against Numb steering, dowdy cabin design, low-rent materials

Verdict Not very exciting, but sensible and dependable.

Go for… 1.4 2 or 1.2 TSI SE

Avoid… 1.2 1

Skoda Fabia Hatchback
  • 1. The Skoda handles well, with plenty of grip and good body control, although it doesn't feel as sharp as rivals, such as the Ford Fiesta ('08-) and Vauxhall Corsa ('06-), because of its rather vague st
  • 2. If you're looking for an efficient Fabia, the Greenline diesels offer the most miles per gallon
  • 3. The 1.2-litre petrol model manages around 47.9mpg, while the 1.4-litre diesel averages between 58.9mpg and 61.4mpg, depending on power output
  • 4. Issues include leaky fuel pumps and water leaks into the cabin from faulty door seals. Some owners also complain about creaks and rattles from the cabin trim
  • 5. The only recall to date was back in 2007, shortly after the Fabia went on sale, concerning a possible problem with the curtain airbag system
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