What used Skoda Fabia hatchback will I get for my budget?
Used examples of the Fabia represent good value. Prices for this generation start at around £4000 for an early example with plenty of miles on it. However, we'd suggest you spend £6000 or more to get a 2015 or 2016 example in SE specification with an average number of miles.
Step up to the £8000 mark and you’ll find plenty of 2017 and 2018 1.0-litre SE models from a franchised dealer, with a full history and often lower-than-average miles. Meanwhile, £9000 should secure you a good facelifted 2019 or 2020 model.
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How much does it cost to run a Skoda Fabia hatchback?
Choose one of the older diesels if maximum fuel economy is what you need; the 89bhp 1.4-litre has a combined figure of 78.6mpg under the older NEDC tests.
Most will be well served by one of the turbocharged 1.0 or 1.2-litre petrols. Those looking at earlier models will end up with the 1.2, which gets a figure of 60.1mpg in 89bhp form under the older NEDC tests; later 94bhp 1.0-litre engines do a little better at 65.7mpg, or 52.3mpg under the newer and more realistic WLTP tests.
All diesel engines and the 89bhp version of the 1.0-litre petrol sneak under the 100g/km threshold for free road tax. The more powerful 109bhp 1.0-litre emits 105g/km, followed by the non-turbo 59bhp 1.0-litre at 106g/km. Even the older and larger 1.2-litre petrol isn't that polluting, with figures such as 107g/km for the 89bhp version and 110g/km for the 109bhp model.
Annual car tax (VED) for cars registered before the tax changes of April 2017 came into force will be based on CO2 emissions, while those registered after that date will be charged at the flat rate, which currently stands at £150 a year. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here.
Servicing costs are moderate for most examples, and you can arrange a fixed-price servicing plan. Maintenance alternates between interim and major services every year or 10,000 miles. An interim service costs £159 and a major one £249.
Insuring the Fabia won’t cost a fortune, either, with insurance groups starting from group one for the least powerful 1.0-litre engine. Add a turbo to that engine and the ratings jump to eight for the 94bhp version, or 11 for the 109bhp. The 89bhp 1.4-litre diesel is group 10.
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