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Skoda Fabia Estate review

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Skoda Fabia Estate
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11 Jan 2016 11:05 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 16:26

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Fabia Estate offers an impressive blend of practicality and affordability, so it is well worth looking at if you want a practical car. Emissions are generally low across the range, 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 13th out of 32 manufacturers in our latest reliability survey, while the Fabia (for both hatch and estate) managed fifth place from 14 cars that we collected data for. That’s a solid performance in both cases.

Entry-level S trim misses out on some kit most people would consider the norm these days, such as air conditioning and alloy wheels, but it does come with Bluetooth and a DAB radio.

A glance at the equipment list confirms why SE makes more sense. Alloy wheels, air-con, rear parking sensors and a leather steering wheel and gearlever all feature. It makes the range-topping SE L 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.

Some of the options worth having include metallic paint and a front centre armrest. If you feel like spoiling yourself and brightening up that functional interior, a panoramic glass sunroof is available (standard on Monte Carlo) – although beware that this impacts on rear head room.

Standard safety equipment includes six airbags, electronic stability control, tyre pressure monitoring and Isofix child seat mounts on the outer rear seats.

The Fabia Estate hasn’t been crash tested by Euro NCAP but the standard hatchback received a five-star rating. Security experts Thatcham Research rated the Fabia Estate five stars for theft protection and four stars for resisting a break-in – these are impressive results next to rivals.

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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Skoda Fabia Estate
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Verdict

Like the hatchback, mature and refined with added boot space

  • 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
There are 8 trims available for the Fabia estate. Click to see details.See all versions
S
You don’t get air-con or alloy wheels, which will likely cause most buyers to steer clear. You do at least get a DAB radio, Bluetooth, USB connectivity and electric heated mirrors...View trim
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OUR PICK
SE
Our favourite version of the Fabia Estate. It comes with alloy wheels, air-con, an improved stereo, a trip computer, parking sensors and a speed limiter. Other upgrades, including wheel-mounted aud...View trim
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SE
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SE L
The flagship trim gets climate control, automatic lights, cruise control, keyless entry and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. Bigger alloy wheels, LED running lights and front foglights bolster its...View trim
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Monte Carlo
Based on SE spec, Monte Carlo adds black 16in alloy wheels, a black grille and door mirrors, body-coloured rear spoiler, front foglights, LED daytime running lights, Monte Carlo badging and a panor...View trim
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SE L
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Monte Carlo
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