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Skoda Fabia

(1999 - 2007) 

Skoda Fabia

The Skoda Fabia is big on quality and space, but low on price

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
1.0 50 hp 7.1 l/100km Petrol 20 s 148 km/h
1.2 54 hp 5.9 l/100km Petrol 18.4 s 151 km/h
1.4 60 hp 7 l/100km Petrol 16.5 s 157 km/h
1.9 SDI 64 hp 4.8 l/100km Diesel 18 s 154 km/h
1.2 64 hp 5.9 l/100km Petrol 15.9 s 160 km/h
1.4 68 hp 6.9 l/100km Petrol 15 s 162 km/h
1.4 TDI 75 hp 4.8 l/100km Diesel 14.2 s 168 km/h
1.4 16V 75 hp 6.5 l/100km Petrol 14.2 s 168 km/h
1.9 TDI 98 hp 5 l/100km Diesel 11.5 s 185 km/h
1.4 16V 100 hp 7 l/100km Petrol 11.5 s 185 km/h
2.0 115 hp 8.5 l/100km Petrol 9.9 s 195 km/h
1.9 TDI RS 130 hp 5.9 l/100km Diesel 9.6 s 204 km/h

Body type Hatchback
Number of doors 4/5
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front
Length 3 960 mm
Width 1 645 mm
Height 1 450 mm
Wheelbase 2 462 mm
Ground clearance 140 mm
Weight (normal) 1 075 kg
Weight (max) 1 570 kg
Boot space (min) 260 l
Boot space (max) 1 015 l
Fuel capacity 45 l


   The Skoda Fabia is produced since 1999. It is available as a hatchback, sedan and estate.

   The Fabia is powered by a wide range of engines. All are fine all-rounders, and the 1.4-liter 100 hp 16V is the best choice. The 64 hp SDI diesel is sluggish, but the 75 hp and 100 hp turbodiesels offer plenty of mid-range pull matched to fine economy.

   The chassis offers a brilliant compromise between ride and handling. It soaks up minor imperfections, while giving excellent body control on undulating roads. Handling and steering response aren't quite as sharp as in the Fiesta, but it's agile enough for most drivers. The Sport model offers no added thrills.

   The Fabia convinces you that you're piloting a car several classes up from a supermini. Few other small cars isolate you from external noises so effectively, or are so relaxing to drive on the motorway. The only bugbear is that the petrol engines sound harsh when you extend them, and the turbodiesels aren't as smooth or quiet as newer rivals.

   Another ace up the Fabia's sleeve. The Skoda holds on to its purchase price better than many of its peers. Add to that impressive fuel economy, low servicing costs, and it proves to be one of the cheapest small cars to run. The Sport model has small bills as it takes the detuned 75 hp 1.4-litre unit.

   Some owners have experienced some minor trim rattles and problems with Skoda's stereo system, but the Fabia is sound mechanically. Fixtures and fittings are of high quality, too. All the switchgear operates with a solid, expensive feel.

   All Fabias have driver and passenger airbags as standard, as well as anti-lock brakes. Side airbags are optional. Not all models come with deadlocks.

   The Fabia's dash has a rather austere look, but it's wonderfully simple and easy to use. The controls are all logically placed and work well, while there are a minimum of distractions. All shapes and sizes can get comfortable thanks to plenty of height and reach adjustment for the steering wheel and a supportive driver's seat that also adjusts for height.

   There's sufficient rear leg and head space for six-footers, and enough width to sit three without too much discomfort. The hatchback's boot is sensibly shaped and a good size, but it's smaller than some of its rivals. The sedan's extended rear gives it a huge boot.

   Classic models do without deadlocks, central locking or electric windows, but air-con is standard. Ambiente adds electric front windows, and remote locking. For alloy wheels and cruise control, step up to Elegance. Sport trim is available on the 75 hp 1.4 and ditches electric windows and central locking in favour of alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, sports seats and a leather wheel.


   Advantages: The Skoda Fabia is a very grown-up supermini. The cabin is solid and smart.

   Disadvantages: Cheaper models miss basic kit and diesels are noisy.

   Verdict: Big on quality and space, low on price.

   Also consider: Ford Fiesta, Peugeot 206.


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