Skoda Fabia estate (2007-2014): owner reviews

"The Fabia estate offers big-car practicaility in a small package."

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.1 out of 5

57%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

  • 1reviews
  • 6reviews
  • 5reviews
  • 1reviews

Common Problems

  • Engine (6 cases)
  • Suspension (2 cases)
  • Electrics (5 cases)
  • Gearbox / clutch (1 cases)
  • Other (1 cases)

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

1.6 TDI

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

55
Review
Since I stopped commuting long distances the car has gone wrong time and time again. I recently spent £500 fitting a new egr valve, and now it needs a new ecu that will cost over £1,000. The car is not worth that expense, so I am going to have to scrap it. I have to put it down to change of use, so don't buy one unless you intend to use it for long journeys and don't keep it too long. Mine has done just over 90,000 miles and is scrap.
Reliability

2 out of 5

Great until this year, when it all started to go wrong. Now it's beyond a joke. If they all fail at 90,000 miles, the reputation for reliability is unfounded.
Performance

3 out of 5

Adequate performance for a diesel estate car
Running Cost

2 out of 5

When it was working properly it was very economical, matching skoda claims for fuel economy. However, it ceases to be economical when major components fail and cost hundreds, even thousands to replace.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.6 TDI ELEGANCE ESTATE

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

42.55
Review
I have owned this car for a little over a year and in all that time I have had no trouble whatsoever. It had been well maintained and had full Skoda service history. DRIVING EXPERIENCE: I don't understand some remarks made by professional reviewers that the diesel is noisy. I have owned several diesels and can say with absolute certainty that the diesel engine in the Fabia is relatively quiet yet responsive. The turbo serves well when asked and the ride is comfortable. The manual 5 speed gearbox is tight and easy to change up or down. HANDLING: The excellent turning circle affords the driver less grief when making tight turns. The ride on A roads and motorways is more than adequate as far as comfort levels are concerned . So it fulfils It's task well but without exceeding your expectations. It will, like the VW Golf/Polo happily canter along great stretches without complaint or miss-behaving and is well bolted together inside giving that "German quality feel". OVERALL: I have had time to get used to this car and I suppose, get quite attached to it as it has proved dependable and presented me with, as yet, no costly tantrums. As I mentioned previously, it is very well bolted together and gives a feel of quality. The boot space is great for a smallish estate and can obviously be extended by removing the rear seat cushions and folding the backs down. As a bonus, the detatchable factory fitted tow bar and electrics (on my car at least) hidden behind the rear bumper gives it the ability to pull along a trailer or small caravan. If you're thinking of buying a small, cared for used estate car that at the time of writing is only £20 pa to tax and delivers great fuel returns, then I would suggest you might consider the Mk 2 Fabia estate, especially the high spec models with A/c , cruise control etc. MY GRIPES: The radio/CD player is awkwardly placed in the centre, below the main dashboard and has caused me to crack my knee on the bottom corner on more than one occasion whilst getting in the car. Admittedly, I am a little taller than the average chap so perhaps more prone to this particular problem.
Reliability

5 out of 5

Like an old and trusted friend. It's completely dependable. Just look after it.
Performance

3 out of 5

3*...It's not a over-hyped tearaway which massages the ego and panders to emotional insecurities. It neither serves as a "look at me" vehicle or a "babe magnet"..no, It's a car that does what's asked of it..and no more! Nice.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

£20 per annum road tax. Great fuel economy. Services not expensive. What's not to like.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

54.2
Review
Great
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Frugal

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

55

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

55
Review
uses / burns a little oil the paint is very easy to chip or mark
Running Cost

5 out of 5

excellent mpg cheapish tax parts prices reasonable

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

52.7
Review
Problems with engine noise traced to faulty injectors
Running Cost

4 out of 5

No road tax l,ow insurance and 53 mpg

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

52.7
Review
What's to tell it's very good.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Superb economy and low VED

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

60
Review
No problems yet
Running Cost

4 out of 5

All I have to do is check oil etc and keep it fuelled up

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.6 TDI 105 SE

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

55
Review
Spacious, comfortable, economical and more then fast enough with 1.6 TDI 105 diesel engine. Bought car second hand with low mileage and have had only one problem with it. Had to replace a faulty airbag sensor about one month out of warranty. Cost £260 and was disappointed that Skoda customer Services did not think this was unacceptable an a car with less than average mileage. Other than that car has been very reliable and economy is excellent as I regularly see in excess of 60mpg with an overall average of around 55mpg. My only other slight issue is that the paintwork seems to mark too easily but overall I'm happy with my purchase and would buy from Skoda again.
Reliability

4 out of 5

Engine and drivetrain faultless but did have problem with faulty airbag sensor and whilst it was a one off, I wasn't happy with Skoda Customer Service attitude towards it.
Performance

5 out of 5

1.6 TDI 105 is very quick and great for overtaking even when fully laden.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Very economical. 55 to 60 mpg normally but have seen as high as 70 on A road runs

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

43
Review
Never had any problems. Starts first time and runs very well.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Quite good on fuel, never had to pay out for anything apart from servicing.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Review
no problems at present always starts 1st time comfortable ride
Running Cost

4 out of 5

running costs are fairly low on long journeys fuel consumption increases to 60mph approx

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

44
Review
I have only owned it for two months but so far it is 100%

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Semi Auto

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

36
Review
Small niggley issues since new with electric window switches, hopefully now sorted after the 6th visit to the dealers.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Other than fuel the car has not cost me anything yet.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Semi Auto

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
very good

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Review
Flawless so far, not had it long though
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Not bought any spares yet, fuel and and tax are both very cheap

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
Extremely reliable. Only one minor fault in almost 5 years.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Servicing costs very reasonable. Car very reliable, fuel consumption good.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.9 TDI Trim level 3

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

58
Review
Excellent reliability, look after the routine maintenance and it gives you no worries. Some rust spots appearing at 10 yrs old and 130k, and the usual wear items of brakes, and a couple of wheel bearings at 100k but that's about it.
Reliability

5 out of 5

Nothing has gone wrong as such, a couple of front wheel bearings worn out at 100k, but can't complain about that!
Performance
You don't buy a diesel for performance, but that said the 1.9 engine has enough grunt to overtake safely, and do 70 on the motorway without sounding strained.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Easy on the diesel providing you don't have a lead foot. Most small garages deal with VAG cars routinely, so servicing costs not too bad either.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Fabia Elegance Estate 1.9 TDI

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

65
Review
This Fabia Estate 1.9TDI was ordered direct from the factory in 2007 and registered on 1st September.The mileage now is 18,200. In those far off days, the car came with lots of standard extras, Cruise control, Heated seats and external mirrors, heated windscreen washers,rear reversing sensors,aircondioning as well as a power sunroof, I paid extra for Orange Metallic paintwork. It has been serviced by Skoda dealer from new, and apart from windscreen wiper replacements,a replacement battery at 51/2 years 2 new front tyres there has been no other faults. The only problem is that my dealer is always asking me to trade it in! but any replacement now would cost me another £2000 over the price of a replacement car for all the extras!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

60
Review
Very Good - warning light intermittent on dashboard - haven't had it checked.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

If driven carefully, extremely frugal.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

56
Review
Since new on 16th October it has been in the dealer's garage for a week, trying to solve an engine management problem and the low MPG. This is still a problem
Running Cost

4 out of 5

The claimed mpg is far in excess of the actual mpg achieved. The dealer tested two similar engined cars and they were the same

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Semi Auto

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
No problems.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Great fuel consumption and cheapo first service, i.e. only Ł80 at main dealer.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

38
Review
Totally reliable. One suspension problem in 7 years.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Very good.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

45
Review
I have not been driving it long enough to tell, but my Dad never had any issues.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

I've not had to pay for any spare parts as yet, but the fuel economy is great compared to my previous car.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

43
Review
Nothing has gone wrong.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

68
Review
car broke down on our way back from lincoln no power steeringengine failurebattery discharged.called skoda assist who in turn sent the racoutto us. rac did temp repair to get us home.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

running costs are excellent as we get good mpg road tax is only Ł20 per year not yet due for its service as it is only carried out annually

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Semi Auto

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

32
Review
Burns out spark plugs
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Economic for the performance on tap

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

50
Review
Nothing i can say great
Performance

3 out of 5

Enough for me
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Reasonable

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

1.9 tdi

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

12000
Review
Having had the garage replace CV joints quite a number of times over the past 2 years we have finally discovered it is the gearbox that is failing. We are hearing from various sources that the gearboxes are an issue. About to trade it in, but are now cancelling dealer appointment whilst we decide on another make as I no longer have confidence in the Skoda brand.
Reliability

1 out of 5

A failure of the gearbox makes it completely unreliable.
Performance

1 out of 5

Gearbox failure.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Ok.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

36
Review
Completely reliable.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Very good

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

55
Review
it never fails! starts on the button everytime.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

As a company car i only need to add fuel...and as i cover alot of miles i refuel maybe once a week returning about 550 miles on a full tank of diesel.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Running Cost

4 out of 5

I haven't needed any parts for it as yet.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

34
Review
i work delivering sandwiches and this car stops and starts 10+ times per day, it has let me down once in three years when it needed a new clutch, can't complain
Running Cost

4 out of 5

only had replacement clutch which was Ł45 would like better fuel consumption but do stop starts for a least 4 hours per day

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

56
Review
No breakdowns in all the time I've had it.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

As a low mileage driver the car goes from service to service without need to add oil. Compatible spares are reasonably priced.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.2 TDI Greenline II

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

61
Review
I commute 35 miles to work on the motorway and I average between 58 and 65 mpg, it's not as great as the stated mpg but good enough. Overall the car has been great, space enough for dog and car full of bags and comfortable on long drives. 2 issues, the MDI connection for mp3s is glitchy and should just be a usb port and the fan unit in my car has broken twice in 6 months for unknown reasons. Otherwise great car.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

50
Review
Always starts first time ,suspension could be stronger does not seem to like road conditions these days.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

reasonable

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2008

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

48
Review
A few niggles with electrics Reversing sensors Radio
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Servicing costs expensive

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

55
Review
no problems yet

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

60
Review
EXCELLENT

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

39.37
Review
It has been very little trouble other than regular servicing and wear and tear items.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Considering the mileage I cover the costa are reasonable however I do feel that franchised dealer servicing costs can be on the high side but I have noticed that my usual main dealer costs are starting to become more competive.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1-1.5 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

65
Review
40000 never missed a beat
Running Cost

4 out of 5

I drive about 14000 miles a year mainly A roads I drive for economy. 65mpg is measured tank full to tank full my computer appears to be pessamistic

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