Skoda Fabia review

Category: Small car

Section: Performance & drive

Skoda Fabia 2022 rear cornering
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 front cornering
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 rear cornering
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 interior dashboard
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 interior rear seats
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 interior infotainment
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 right tracking
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 right cornering
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 left static boot open
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 interior front seats
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 interior steering wheel detail
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 interior steering wheel dial
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 interior detail door umbrella
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 boot open
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 front cornering
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 rear cornering
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 interior dashboard
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 interior rear seats
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 interior infotainment
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 right tracking
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 right cornering
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 left static boot open
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 interior front seats
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 interior steering wheel detail
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 interior steering wheel dial
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 interior detail door umbrella
  • Skoda Fabia 2022 boot open
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In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

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

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

The Skoda Fabia's entry-level 1.0 MPI 80 engine does without a turbocharger. We haven't tried it yet, but the official stats say it takes more than 15 seconds to get from 0-62mph, so expect seriously weedy real-world performance. We'd only consider this engine if you're a dedicated town driver.

Our advice is to go for the turbocharged 94bhp 1.0 TSI 95, which can do 0-60mph in around 10.5sec. Okay, even that's not quite as zesty as an equivalent Seat Ibiza, but acceleration is perfectly adequate for all types of driving.

Skoda Fabia 2022 rear cornering

Handling

The Fabia’s steering is usefully light for city driving and tough to fault for accuracy, but it's worth using the Sport driving mode (on versions that have it) for more reassuring weighting when driving along faster, winding roads.

Either way, there’s plenty of grip but also a fair amount of body roll. The Fiesta and Ibiza are better choices if you want a taut, agile small car that will put a smile on your face.

Noise and vibration

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