Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The Skoda Fabia has a slightly higher starting price than the Ford Fiesta, but undercuts entry-level variants of the Volkswagen Polo and Vauxhall Corsa. Even the top-of-the-range Fabia SE L comes in cheaper than an entry-level Honda Jazz.
If you don’t mind spending a bit more, the top-of-the-range SE L trim is only slightly more expensive than an entry-level Polo and adds 16in alloy wheels, electric rear windows, the 9.2in touchscreen infotainment system, built-in sat nav and dual-zone air conditioning.
Skoda came 12th out of 30 manufacturers in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. That’s a decent showing, and puts the Czech brand above Honda, Renault, Seat, Audi, Volkswagen, Peugeot, Vauxhall, Nissan and Ford.
Who did better? Dacia came out highest among small-car makers, finishing in second place, behind only Lexus. It was followed by Suzuki, Hyundai and Toyota.