Used Skoda Fabia Estate 2000 - 2007 review

Category: Estate car

One of the best supermini-based estate cars

Skoda Fabia Estate (00 - 07)
  • Skoda Fabia Estate (00 - 07)
  • Skoda Fabia Estate (00 - 07)
Used Skoda Fabia Estate 2000 - 2007 review
Star rating

What's the used Skoda Fabia estate like?

We love the Fabia hatchback. It was our Supermini of the Year not long ago, and even now it's still an excellent car.

However, estate car buyers who haven't been put off by the badge may be put off by the car's tiny dimensions. They shouldn't be. The estate is every bit as well built and good to drive as the hatchback, but it doubles the capacity for luggage. It's not the biggest in its class, but you'll be surprised how much it can carry.


One of the best supermini-based estate cars

  • The Fabia has a surprisingly large boot, and it's as good to drive as the hatchback
  • It's too small to be a serious workhorse, and the smaller engines struggle

As well as that, there's enough room to seat five adults in comfort. Some may accuse the cabin of being dull, but it's easy to use and, like the rest of the car, it's sturdily built.

The drive is good, too. The Fabia strikes an excellent balance between ride and handling, with refinement that puts many bigger cars to shame.

Ownership cost

What used Skoda Fabia estate will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Skoda Fabia estate?

The Fabia was great value for money when it was new, and it's just as good as a used buy, because it doesn't hold its value as well as other Volkswagen Group cars. The estate will cost you more than the hatch, but how much more depends on the age.

Although none of the petrol engines can better 40mpg in this estate, most of them get close, so fuel economy isn't bad. The diesel cars will both better 55mpg, though, and with its excellent performance the 1.9 TDI is definitely the one to go for.

This engine won't cost too much to insure, either, because it has a group 6 classification. The rest of the range sits in groups 4 and 5, with the exception of the 2.0 petrol in group 8.

Servicing costs will be the same as for the hatch, so you'll pay slightly less than owners of the VW Polo and Seat Ibiza, which are basically the same car.

Our recommendations

Which used Skoda Fabia estate should I buy?

Leave the smallest engines alone, because they can't cope with the estate's weight. The 75bhp 16-valve 1.4 is the smallest to provide decent performance, but another version of the same unit with 100bhp is much better. There's also a 2.0-litre petrol, but it's more expensive to run and insure.

Our favourite is the 1.9 TDI, which has fine performance because you get more pulling muscle than with the petrol engines, and excellent fuel economy. It's pricey in comparison with the smaller engines, but it's worth it. The other diesel, the 1.9 SDi, isn't. It doesn't have a turbo, so it's really sluggish.

Base Classic and Comfort trims do without air-conditioning, so we'd pay the extra and go for Elegance, which also gives you alloy wheels and four electric windows. However, if you can find Classic or Comfort models with chilled air fitted as an option, it may save you a bit of cash.


What alternatives should I consider to a used Skoda Fabia estate?