Skoda Fabia hatchback
Price £10,600 - £17,240
- More space than most rivals
- Good standard equipment, especially safety
- Strong, efficient engines, including economical GreenLine
- 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 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.
Every Skoda Fabia model is cheap to run, with the fuel-efficient GreenLine returning more than 90mpg
The Skoda Fabia still trails the Ford Fiesta for outright driver enjoyment, but it feels stable at high speeds and quiet around town
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
The Skoda Fabia is an extremely practical supermini, offering more boot space than a Ford Focus
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