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2017 Skoda Fabia 1.0 TSI 95 review - Verdict

The Skoda Fabia gets a new 1.0-litre three cylinder petrol engine in place of our previous favourite 1.2. Does it remain one of the best small cars around?

Words ByRory White

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2017 Skoda Fabia 1.0 TSI

Skoda's new 94bhp turbocharged 1.0 fully deserves its new pick of the range status, proving to be the best balance of performance, economy and cost. However, sporty Monte Carlo trim is less advisable, with SE trim providing all the equipment you need for less money and a with a more comfortable ride on its smaller standard alloy wheels.

Unfortunately it's not enough to take this once overall What Car? Car of The Year back to its five-star status. The new Seat Ibiza has come along and stolen the Fabia's thunder on space and quality, while being considerably better to drive. The Fabia is still one of the very best small cars you can buy then, but after two years of leadership is no longer top of the pile.

What Car? says...

Rated 4 out of 5

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Skoda Fabia 1.0 TSI 95 Monte Carlo

Price Β£16,100

Engine 3cyl, 999cc, turbocharged, petrol

Power 94bhp at 5000-5500rpm

Torque 118lb ft at 1500-3500rpm

Gearbox 5-spd manual

0-62mph 10.6sec

Top speed 115mph

Official economy 64.2mpg

CO2, tax band 101g/km, 19%

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