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Skoda Fabia

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6.9 wowscore
Skoda fabia hatch
  • Good to drive
  • Value for money
  • Excellent build quality
  • Not the best in class
  • Some cheap interior bits
  • Not as safe as rivals

The Skoda Fabia is a good little hatchback that gets mainly positive reviews. It’s great value, feels well built and is a capable all-rounder. The Greenline engines are efficient and won’t cost much to run.



Space is excellent for a car of this type with one of the biggest boots in its class. There’s also plenty of room for 5 people and the seats are reasonably comfortable. The interior is well built but there are cheap plastics in some areas and the interior design is more functional than stylish.


Getting comfortable behind the wheel is not a problem thanks to an easily adjustable seat and the steering wheel can be altered for height and reach. It’s easy to drive around town since all of the controls are light and there’s good visibility. The well insulated cabin and comfortable seats mean that the little Skoda is a good motorway companion. Through the country roads it’s not enjoyable to drive because the steering isn’t that responsive at higher speeds.


There are a range of 1.2 petrol engines. The cheapest has 61bhp but reviewers say it’s best to avoid this one if you can afford to as it is quite gruff, noisy and slow compared to the more powerful four-cylinder unit. There is also a 1.6 diesel and a Greenline 1.2 diesel that promises up to 83.1mpg and 89g/km.

Value for money

It’s not exactly the bargain of the century but you do get a lot for your money. All cars come with remote central locking, front and side airbags, front electric windows and a CD player with an aux socket for your phone or music player.

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Worth noting

Recent customer satisfaction surveys show that owners love their Skodas with areas such as customer service and reliability scoring high!


If you’re looking for a small, reliable car with loads of space and a low price then the Skoda Fabia is a worthy option.

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Key Details

Price range:
£9,945 - £17,555
45 - 83
Date released:
Replacement due:
Model history:
In 2010 the Fabia got a very slight facelift. The changes were mainly to the exterior styling and were only subtle
Engine to go for:
The 1.6 TDI engine is excellent. It won’t cost a lot in fuel bills and is quiet and refined
Engine to avoid:
The new 1.2 TDI Greenline doesn’t get great reviews. It’s too slow and a bit pricey
Options to go for:
It’s worth getting the iPod/MP3 connector
Other variants:
If you need some more room, check out the Fabia Estate. If you want a faster version, take a look at the brilliant Fabia vRS
Engine naming:
TDI refers to the diesel engines. TSI engine are the turbocharged petrol engines
6.9 out of 10 from 19 reviews
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Type Reviews Score
1.2 3 6.7
1.2 12V 3 8.0
1.2 TDI Greenline II 4 6.0
1.2 TSI 3 7.0
1.6 TDI 105 3 6.7
General 5 7.0
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Skoda Fabia User Reviews

1.6 TDI 105 (2010) 54.0 mpg
7 wowscore

This car is all about value for money. My husband and I owned the previous model, and didn't see any reason not to stick with it - absolutely faultless. Top marks for drive, visibility, reliability, space, you get 3 years AA recovery as standard which thank God we haven't had to use! Car insurance and tax are both cheap. We went for cruise control which I would recommend. It's proved extremely handy for speed cameras and long journeys.

Any downsides I can think of seem so petty they aren't worth mentioning such as the fabric of the interior being a bit tricky to clean and the air-con taking quite a while to get properly started.

In a nutshell, this car is not only economical and practical, but good fun to drive on an every day basis.

  • By Ruth H, who owns this car
VW 1200cc 3 Cylinder (2008) 38.0 mpg
10 wowscore

SKODA FABIA 2 2008. Purchased Sep 2012

Negatives: The 3 cylinder engine can be a bit shaky when cold. That’s all.

Positives: Easy on bends, Good mileage, depending how heavy your foot is. Easy to clean. All you need to change the rear bulbs is a two pence coin to unscrew the one solid built plastic screw with metal thread. How good is that. Love the quiet roar on acceleration. Heated wing mirrors are a real plus in winter. 12 volt socked permanently accessible ignition on or off. Very adjustable radio and DVD Player. Effective air conditioning. Good Brakes. This is a car you have to put a little effort in to enjoy it. Love it.

  • By Stuart Oliver, Lancashire, who owns this car
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