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What is it?
Skoda’s supermini hatchback and estate is the 2015 WhatCar? Car of the Year, and the latest model, based on theunderpinnings that also produce the VW Polo and Seat Ibiza, impresses for its interior quality, space and value.
What is the Skoda Fabia like to drive?
The latest batch of Skoda parent company Volkswagen Group’s products have taken a step forward in driver engagement, though the Fabia’s comfort and refinement are its biggest plus points.
What engines are available?
As petrol models tend to outsell diesels in the supermini segment, due to the price gap between the two, Skoda has focused its attention on the four petrol options, running from 1.0-litre 60hp and 75hp versions, to the 90hp and 110hp 1.2-litre models, the latter available with either six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic gearboxes. The other petrol models all get a five-speed manual. The two diesels on offer are the 90hp and 105hp 1.4-litre TDIs, the more powerful one coming with the DSG auto as well as the standard five-speed manual.
What are the key standard features of the Skoda Fabia?
The first of the three trim levels is S, which comes with 15in steel wheels, Bluetooth, DAB radio, USB and SD input, electric heated mirrors, under-seat storage for the front seats and a height adjustable driver’s seat.
- SE adds 15in alloy wheels, air conditioning, multifunctional steering wheel, alarm, trip computer, Smartlink infotainment system and, on the estate, black roof rails.
- SE-L adds 16in alloys, cruise control, climate control, keyless start, front fog lights, front arm rest and Auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
What are the key options?
Alloy wheel upgrades are available across all trim levels, and Skoda is increasing the personalisation by offering the chance to choose a contrasting body colour for the roof and door pillars, as well as silver, white or black alloys. Heated front seats, sat nav (though not on the entry S trim) and equipment standard on higher trim levels is all part of the extras list too.
How spacious is the Skoda Fabia?
Skodas are always among the most spacious cars in their classes, and the Fabia is no exception, providing interior room to match the best in the segment. The hatchback offers a decent 330 litres of boot space, while the estate boosts that to an impressive 530, those figures increasing to 1150 and 1395 litres respectively when the rear seats are dropped. The Fabia gets a two-position luggage shelf and hooks for shopping bags, while a set of luggage nets is an optional extra. The estate’s options list also includes a bike rack for securing two bikes inside the car, and a mid-level boot floor.
What will it cost to run?
The most efficient model is the 90hp 1.4-litre TDI diesel, which comes in at 93g/km and 78.6mpg, dropping to 88g/km ad 83.1mpg with the optional low rolling resistance tyres. The petrol models range from 104-110g/km, depending on wheel size, engine and gearbox option, giving a 58.9-61.4mpg range. All cars get stop-start as standard. Benefit in kind starts at 16% for the 1.0-litre MPI SE 75PS with 5-speed gearbox.
What safety features does it have?
Six airbags are fitted to all cars as standard, along with Isofix fittings on the outer rear seats, while the front assist collision warning system is standard from SE trim. A driver fatigue warning system is optional on all bar the entry S trim, and hill hold assist and a third rear headrest are optional on all cars. Tested last year, the Fabia scored a maximum five-star rating in the upgraded and more stringent EuroNCAP crash tests.
These include the Citroen C3, Ford Fiesta, Honda Jazz, Hyundai i20, Kia Rio, Peugeot 208, Renault Clio, Seat Ibiza and Vauxhall Corsa. Premium possibilities include the Alfa Romeo Mito, Audi A1, Mini and VW Polo.