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Skoda Fabia - Overview
The Fabia is one of the top selling cars in Skoda’s range. Most commonly seen in hatchback form, but also available as an estate, the former slotting into the very competitive supermini segment. Big on space, the Fabia is one of the most practical cars in its class, and now comes with petrol engines only.
What is the Skoda Fabia like to drive?
The Fabia has a good range of 1.0-litre petrol engines, with the two higher-powered TSI units particularly appealing from a performance and efficiency point of view. The Skoda especially impresses at higher speeds, where a smooth ride quality and decent refinement make it a surprisingly good long-distance car - somewhere these smaller models aren’t always most at home. That’s not to the detriment of urban use, as the Skoda’s light steering, good turning circle and easy gearchange make it a pleasure to drive in town. Though it’s not set up with sporty driving as the key priority, a combination of strong grip and direct steering make the Fabia feel at home on twisty B roads. The squarer design means good visibility, especially backwards, making it easy to get a good view of what’s coming up behind.
What engines and gearboxes are available?
- 1.0 60hp, 110g/km CO2 (23% BIK), 57.7mpg
- 1.0 75hp, 111g/km CO2 (23% BIK), 57.7mpg
- 1.0 90hp, 105-106g/km CO2 (22% BIK), 61.4mpg
- 1.0 110hp, 106-110g/km CO2 (22-23% BIK), 58.9-60.1mpg
- 5-speed manual
- 6-speed manual (110hp only)
- 7-speed automatic (110hp only)
Skoda Fabia trim levels explained
Skoda has set the Fabia up with four trim levels, starting with S and SE, followed by a choice between SE-L and Monte Carlo, the latter a more cosmetic range-topper featuring privacy glass, leather seats and black alloy wheels.
- 15” steel wheels
- 6.5” touchscreen
- Electric front windows
- USB and SD card sockets
- Trip computer
- Four-speaker audio system
SE (in addition to S)
- 15” alloy wheels
- Air conditioning
- Rear parking sensors
- Leather multi-functional steering wheel
- Six-speaker audio system
- Front fog lights
- DAB radio
- Smartphone connectivity
- Height adjustable front seats
- Umbrella under front passenger seat
SE-L (in addition to SE)
- 16” alloy wheels
- Climate control
- Cruise control
- Front armrest
- Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
- Keyless start
- Front and rear floor mats
Monte Carlo (in addition to SE)
- 16” black alloy wheels
- Climate control
- Styling pack
- Privacy glass
- Black roof
- Leather seats
- Rear electric windows
- LED rear lights
How to spec the Skoda Fabia
At this price level, it makes sense to go for the SE trim, as it gives all the basics, such as alloy wheels, air conditioning, rear parking sensors and DAB radio, without getting too expensive. If you can foot the £1350 upgrade, the SE-L offers a good suite of upgrades. Options-wise, heated seats are a £250 option on all trim levels, front parking sensors are £295 and a satnav on the SE will set you back £770.
Skoda Fabia Interior – what’s it like?
While maybe lacking some of the higher-quality materials of more expensive cars in the class, the Fabia feels more durable than most of its rivals, and it’s all logically designed, with decent stowage space too. Rear passengers in particular will appreciate the head and legroom both up with the best in the class, while the 330-litre boot in the hatchback is a good size - that number going up to 530 for anyone needing the serious space of the estate model.
Skoda scores highly for all the sensible elements of a purchase decision, with running costs, space, practicality and usability its key strengths, as well as some efficient TSI engines that offer good performance too.