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This is the all-new Skoda Fabia, replacing the excellent but long-in-the-tooth original. All models have a crisp five-door body and there’s a spread of engines, from 1.0-litre three-pot petrols to a 1.4-litre diesel. Dual-clutch DSG auto transmission is an option. For more information on the Skoda Fabia, click on our further stories on the links below.
60sec road test
New Fabia uses components and know-how from the VW Group’s clever MQB chasis architecture, so it manages to be shorter and lighter yet roomier inside than before, with a slightly bigger boot. There’s lots of space in there for tall passengers and the interior feels very well built, if a bit dull to look at. The lowliest 1.0-litre engine is hard work – particularly uphill, but incredibly quiet and refined, as is the four-pot 1.2. Soft suspension means lots of body roll but a comfy ride and overall the Fabia handles very nicely. You’ll have more fun in a Fiesta though. Only real criticism – apart from the rather sluggish performance from its quiet but weak-willed petrol engines – is that it’s a little bit boring. It’s long on quality, short on character.
The one we’d buy
The 59bhp 1.0-litre – it’s deathly slow
The one we’d avoid like the plague
The 1.2-litre petrol turbo. Much better, if a bit laggy from low revs
Rivals to consider
Ford Fiesta, Hyundai i20, Mazda 2, Peugeot 208, Renault Clio, Seat Ibiza, Volkswagen Polo
Competitive pricing, smooth ride, quiet engines, spacious for its size
Petrol versions are slow, lacks personality