Review

Skoda Fabia hatchback

Price  £10,600 - £17,240

Skoda Fabia hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • More space than most rivals
  • Good standard equipment, especially safety
  • Strong, efficient engines, including economical GreenLine
Cons
  • Not as good value compared to rivals as before
  • Sluggish 1.0-litre engine is disappointing
  • Volkswagen Polo feels more upmarket

At a glance

The greenest
SE L 1.4 TDI 90PS 5dr £16,240
The cheapest
S 1.0 MPI 60PS 5dr £10,600
The fastest
SE L 1.2 TSI 110PS 5dr £14,890
Top of the range
SE L 1.4 TDI 90PS DSG 5dr £17,240

"The new Skoda Fabia offers loads of kit and plenty of space, but isn’t quite as cheap to buy as the old model."

The Skoda Fabia is a spacious and comfortable supermini that rivals cars such as the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa. It's based on the Volkswagen Polo and shares a lot of components with that car, feeling very similar to drive and with a lot of familiar buttons and switches on the dashboard and steering wheel.

It's impressively practical, genuinely comfortable and features some class-leading diesel engines that offer an excellent blend of performance and running costs. However, slightly increased list prices mean this Skoda Fabia isn't quite as good value as its predecessor – although standard equipment has been improved, too.

As always with VW Group cars, there's a decent range of engines on offer. The line-up in the Fabia starts with two 1.0-litre petrols – one with 59bhp and one with 74bhp. We prefer the more expensive 1.2-litre TSI petrol, which is available with either 89 or 108bhp.

Diesel fans can choose from a 1.4-litre engine with either 89 or 104bhp. The 89bhp diesel and the 108bhp petrol are both available with a DSG seven-speed automatic gearbox.

From launch, there are only three specifications to choose from: S, SE and SE-L – although a sportier Fabia Monte Carlo will join the range at a later date. Unfortunately for hot hatchback fans, there'll be no super-quick Skoda Fabia vRS this time around.

If you need more space, there's better news, as Skoda is once again offering the Skoda Fabia Estate, with a huge amount of luggage room for a car of its size.

The new Fabia won’t set your world on fire – it's a car you buy with your head rather than your heart – but it's extremely capable and should prove a hit with value-conscious family buyers.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4.2 / 5

Every Skoda Fabia model is cheap to run, with the fuel-efficient GreenLine returning more than 90mpg

Engines, drive & performance

3.4 / 5

The Skoda Fabia still trails the Ford Fiesta for outright driver enjoyment, but it feels stable at high speeds and quiet around town

Interior & comfort

3.6 / 5

There’s no denying the new Skoda Fabia is a step up from its predecessor, but it lacks some of the soft-touch plastic seen in rivals

Practicality & boot space

4.4 / 5

The Skoda Fabia is an extremely practical supermini, offering more boot space than a Ford Focus

Reliability & safety

4.5 / 5

The new Skoda Fabia should follow in the footsteps of the rest of the range, with top-notch owner satisfaction and a five-star safety rating

What the others say

4 / 5
based on 1 review
4 / 5
“All-new Skoda Fabia is more practical than ever with more space, style and clever features. But it lacks traditional Skoda value.”
Last updated 
16 Mar 2015
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