Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The entry-level 1.0 TSI 95 is so good that it renders the more powerful 1.0 TSI 110 version redundant. There's plenty of pull from low revs and 0-60mph takes around 10 seconds. No diesel option is available, but the 95 can be had with an automatic gearbox to help make driving in traffic a little more relaxing.
In terms of handling, Skoda’s small estate is a quiet delight to drive. Its steering is light, accurate and precise, with enough feedback to keep you informed about what’s going on up front. It’s very easy to control and feels well planted and safe. It’s not humdrum, though; it zips from corner to corner with eagerness and feels light-footed. The Fabia Estate rides well, too, although it can be a little harsh over the roughest surfaces.
Skoda has done quite a good job of isolating the interior, particularly from road noise, but the little three-cylinder engine intrudes a little when worked hard and it also sends some vibrations through the controls. Manual versions change gear in a slick, precise fashion, while the automatic ones are unobtrusive, if a little jerky when manoeuvring or in stop-start traffic.
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