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The original Skoda Fabia was instrumental in transforming Skoda from the butt of countless jokes into a brand with the credibility to match the likes of Ford and Volkswagen.
It sits in one of the most fiercely contested sectors of the UK car market, with more than 30 direct rivals. But then it's hardly surprising that there's so much competition, given that small hatchbacks outsell every other type of car.
To help it appeal, Skoda offers a wide choice of engines and trim levels, and while the Fabia isn't the cheapest small car (that title goes to the Dacia Sandero), it does cost less to buy than the Ford Fiesta.
It's also cheaper than an equivalent Seat Ibiza, despite sharing some engines and components.
Anyone in the market for a small car should have the Fabia on their shortlist, then, but are there better alternatives? Read on over the next few pages to find out.
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