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.
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Skoda Fabia 1.0 TSI 95 Monte Carlo
Engine 3cyl, 999cc, turbocharged, petrol
Power 94bhp at 5000-5500rpm
Torque 118lb ft at 1500-3500rpm
Gearbox 5-spd manual
Top speed 115mph
Official economy 64.2mpg
CO2, tax band 101g/km, 19%
Release date Now
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