Skoda Fabia Estate review

Category: Estate car

Section: Costs & verdict

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RRP £15,625What Car? Target Price from£14,997
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The phrase ‘it’s all the car you’ll ever need’ is used flippantly and far too often, but here it is absolutely the case, with the Fabia Estate offering an impressive blend of practicality and affordability. Emissions are low across the range, especially if you go for our recommended TSI 95 motor meaning it bears consideration by company car drivers, too. Moreover, it is competitively priced and will hold onto its value well.

Reliability should be good, too. Skoda placed an impressive fifth out of 31 manufacturers in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey, while the Fabia (for both hatch and estate) achieved second place from the seven cars that we collected data for. That’s a solid performance in both cases.

In terms of equipment, our favourite SE trim gets roof rails, 16in alloys, air-con, rear parking sensors and a 6.5in infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so it’s a pleasure to live with as well as a pleasure to drive. SE Drive adds to this with 16in alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, climate control, microsuede upholstery and in-built sat-nav, making range-topping SE L trim seem a bit unnecessary. Changes to Monte Carlo models are cosmetic and make them by far the sportiest-looking Fabia Estates, but these cost quite a bit more without any more power.

Standard safety equipment includes six airbags, electronic stability control, tyre pressure monitoring, automatic emergency braking and Isofix child seat mounts on the outer rear seats. On SE trim and up, you can also add blindspot monitoring and a driver fatigue alert system that warns the driver if he or she is becoming drowsy.

The Fabia Estate hasn’t been crash tested by Euro NCAP but the standard hatchback received a five-star rating. However, this was way back in 2014 at a time when the tests were far less stringent than they are today. As such, it's hard to draw comparisons with more modern rivals, such as the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo

A three-year, 60,000-mile warranty is standard – this is par for the course in the class. Extended warranties are available for up to five years and 100,000 miles.

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Overview

Despite being shorter and narrower than a Ford Focus, the Fabia Estate’s boot can hold more stuff than you can get in a Volvo XC60 SUV, while its 1.0 TSI 95 engine ensures running costs are kept to a minimum. So if you’re looking for an affordable small estate, then the Fabia should be at the top of your list – it really is all the car you’d ever need.

  • Spacious and practical
  • Decent kit levels
  • Sensibly priced
  • Good to drive
  • Lacks supportive seats
  • No air-con on entry-level models
  • Costs a lot more than the hatch

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