Used Skoda Fabia Hatchback 2000 - 2007 review

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(2000 - 2007)
Skoda Fabia Hatchback (00 - 07)
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Which used Skoda Fabia hatchback should I buy?

There are plenty of versions to choose from, but we'd avoid the gutless 1.0-litre petrol. Two 1.2 petrols are available, one with 54bhp and one with 64bhp, while there are also two 1.4s, with either 75 or 100bhp. There's also a 2.0 petrol. All are good all-rounders, but the less powerful 1.2 is our favourite. It's far from quick, but performance is just about adequate, while it's cheap to buy and you get 47.1mpg.

There are plenty of diesels, too. The 1.4 TDI comes with outputs of either 70, 75 or 80bhp, and all give good economy and reasonable performance. We'd leave the sluggish 1.9 SDI alone, but the 100bhp 1.9 TDI is much better. It's pricier, but it returns 56.5mpg. The range-topping vRS uses a 130bhp diesel, so even the hot version gives 55.4mpg.

Choose basic Classic trim. It'll give you air-con and a CD player, while keeping things as cheap as possible.