Which used Skoda Felicia hatchback should I buy?
The entry-level engine is a 1.3-litre petrol. In base LX trim, this gets 54bhp, which is a bit too sluggish. However, with the loftier LXi and GLi trims, it gets a more palatable 68bhp, which feels meatier, although it's not that much faster in reality. The entry-level model also misses out on basic kit such as power steering and a driver's airbag.
The next engine up is a 1.6-litre petrol with 75bhp. This extra power is useful, and it doesn't cost much more to buy than the 1.3, but fuel economy suffers a little. It's available with GLXi and SLXi trims, and both get power steering, metallic paint and anti-lock brakes, while the SLXi also gets air-conditioning, a passenger airbag and alloy wheels.
There's also a 1.9-litre diesel, but fuel economy isn't much better than the petrols, and performance is similar to the entry-level 1.3.