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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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Driving

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

The 1.0-litre MPI petrol engine that kicks off the range is adequate around town, but the turbocharged 1.0 TSI petrols are better suited to faster roads. In fact, the 1.0 TSI 95 is so good that it renders the more powerful 110 version redundant. There's plenty of pull from low revs and 0-60mph takes around 10 seconds.

Then there’s a trio of 1.4 diesels. The 75 model is best avoided due to a general lack of grunt. The more powerful versions, on the other hand, are worth a look if you do a lot of miles and crave exceptional fuel economy. Both the 90 and 105 versions are really strong at low revs, but they quickly run out of puff as the revs rise, so you have to change gear more often than you might imagine.

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Otherwise, 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 engine often intrudes a little. The three-cylinder petrols gets noisy when worked hard and also vibrate thorugh the controls a bit, but they're better than the diesels, which are predictably noisiest. Manual versions change gear in a slick, precise fashion, while the automatic ones are unobtrusive.

 

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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 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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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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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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