Skoda Fabia Estate - Engines, drive & performance

Entry-level petrol engine is a bit underpowered for the Skoda Fabia Estate, but turbocharged petrols impress

Carbuyer Rating

4.2 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.3 out of 5

Read owner reviews
Engines, drive & performance Rating

4.0 out of 5

Despite its increased bulk, the Skoda Fabia Estate feels very similar to its hatchback sister from behind the wheel. It’s nippy and agile around town and has a sense of composure on the road, although it’s not an especially fun car to drive.

We find it hard to recommend the entry level 1.0-litre MPI engine. With 74bhp, it feels flat and underpowered. Better to choose the turbocharged TSI engines – offering far better performance and even a small economy boost.

Skoda Fabia Estate petrol engines

The cheapest Skoda Fabia Estate engine is a 1.0-litre MPI, three-cylinder petrol that’s also found in the Skoda Citigo city car. With just 74bhp, it can feel a little bit underpowered, especially if you’ve loaded up the huge interior of your Fabia with passengers and luggage.

Instead we’d recommend spending more on the 1.0-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine, which is available in two different power outputs: 94 and 109bhp. The former should be enough for most, but the extra power of the latter seems good value, plus it’s the only petrol engine you can have if you want Skoda’s excellent DSG twin-clutch automatic gearbox.

Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 10.9 and 9.7 seconds for the TSI engines, compared with 15.2 seconds for the MPI, making it clear why they feel so much more sprightly on the road. Not only does the extra power make carrying a heavy load far more relaxed, it's also a boon when overtaking or driving on the motorway. We'd only recommend the MPI to urban drivers, where its lack of power shouldn't be an issue.

The automatic gearbox is keen to change gears early (it's common to find the car in seventh even driving in the suburbs), presumably to save fuel, and it's at its best when driving in a relaxed manner. Like most dual-clutch gearboxes, it can still be a bit jerky at really low speeds, like when trying to parallel park.

Recommended

Best automatic cars
Blue BMW 3 Series driving
Best cars
28 Jan 2021

Best automatic cars

Most Popular

Best new car deals 2021
Lexus UX SUV
Deals
18 Jun 2021

Best new car deals 2021

Best 4x4s and SUVs
Peugeot 3008 SUV rear 3/4 tracking
Family SUVs
3 Jun 2021

Best 4x4s and SUVs

Svelte look for all-new Range Rover Sport
2022 Range Rover Sport
Range Rover Sport
16 Jun 2021

Svelte look for all-new Range Rover Sport

Best hybrid cars
Toyota Corolla Trek
Best cars
8 Jun 2021

Best hybrid cars

Best cheap-to-run cars
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
10 Jun 2021

Best cheap-to-run cars

New Lexus NX is brand’s first plug-in hybrid
2021 Lexus NX
Lexus NX
12 Jun 2021

New Lexus NX is brand’s first plug-in hybrid

Best cheap cars
Dacia Duster SUV
Best cars
10 Jun 2021

Best cheap cars

Should you use a car wash?
Car wash pros and cons
Tips and advice
11 Jun 2021

Should you use a car wash?

Best used cars
Vauxhall Astra
Family cars
14 Jun 2021

Best used cars

Cheapest electric cars
Renault Twizy
Electric cars
14 Jun 2021

Cheapest electric cars

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
15 Jun 2021

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Speed awareness course: all you need to know
Police car - open boot
Tips and advice
3 Jun 2021

Speed awareness course: all you need to know

Ford EcoBoost engines: what are they and should you buy one?
2020 Ford Puma - front tracking
Ford Focus hatchback
4 Jun 2021

Ford EcoBoost engines: what are they and should you buy one?

New Polestar 3 SUV teased
2022 Polestar 3 teaser
Polestar
16 Jun 2021

New Polestar 3 SUV teased

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
13 Apr 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
3 Jun 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
15 Jun 2021

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
24 Feb 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Best car interiors
Best cars
10 Mar 2020

Best car interiors

Best electric cars
Volkswagen ID.3
Best cars
6 May 2021

Best electric cars

Best cheap-to-run cars
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
10 Jun 2021

Best cheap-to-run cars

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks
Hot hatches
9 Apr 2020

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks