Skoda Fabia review

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22 Feb 2017 10:00 | Last updated: 18 Sep 2018 17:00

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Even Gok Wan would be amazed at Skoda’s makeover. The manufacturer used to be the butt of countless automotive jokes, but it is now a brand with the credibility to match the likes of Ford and Volkswagen – and the original Fabia was instrumental in the brand’s transformation.

The Fabia sits in one of the most fiercely contested segments in the UK car market, with more than 30 direct rivals. But it's hardly surprising that there's so much competition, given that small carsoutsell every other type of car.

Skoda offers a choice of engines and trim levels, and while the Fabia isn't the cheapest small car (that title goes to the Dacia Sandero), it costs less to buy than the Ford Fiesta. It's also cheaper than an equivalent Seat Ibiza and VW Polo, despite sharing some engines and components.

To further its appeal, the Fabia received a facelift in 2018, bringing in new safety equipment and ditching diesel engines, while adding some subtle styling tweaks.

Anyone in the market for a small car should have the Fabia on their shortlist, but are there better alternatives? Read on over the next few pages to find out.

And, remember, if you want to buy a Fabia or any of its rivals, head to the New Car Buying section to get the very best deals.

 

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There are 12 trims available for the Fabia hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
S Plus
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This entry-level trim looks good value, with a 6.5in touchscreen, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, tyre pressure monitoring and Bluetooth all standard. However, it misses out on som...View trim
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SE
Our favourite trim. Alloy wheels, air-con, a DAB radio, rear parking sensors, automatic emergency braking and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearlever all feature...View trim
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Colour Edition
Colour Edition models are in effect the same as SE, but with some added styling bling. While cruise control is a handy addition, the most noticeable changes are 16in alloy wheels that, along with t...View trim
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SE
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SE L
With SE being such good value, it’s harder to make a case for SE L. Take the plunge, however, and you’ll be rewarded with climate control, larger alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, cruise co...View trim
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Colour Edition
Colour Edition models are in effect the same as SE, but with some added styling bling. While cruise control is a handy addition, the most noticeable changes are 16in alloy wheels that, along with t...View trim
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SE L
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Redline
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Monte Carlo
Based on SE spec, Monte Carlo trim adds black 16in alloy wheels, a black grille and door mirrors, a body-coloured rear spoiler, front foglights, LED daytime running lights, Monte Carlo badging and...View trim
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