Skoda Fabia: Used buyer’s guide

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20 Nov, 2013 11:30am

The Skoda Fabia MkII can make a great supermini - it's smart, affordable and a fun car

When Skoda launched the Fabia in 2000, it proved it could make a great supermini. Here was a smart, affordable, small car that was fun, reliable and comfortable. So when an all-new Fabia was unveiled in 2007, Skoda aimed to carry over all the best bits of the original, but with improvements in key areas such as safety, refinement and performance. That second take on the Fabia is now six years old, and it’s the oldest model in Skoda’s line-up – so should you buy a used one?

Skoda Fabia in-depth review

History

The Fabia MkII debuted in May 2007. With 1.2, 1.4 or 1.6-litre petrol engines, along with 1.4 or 1.9-litre diesels, this newcomer proved as popular as the MkI. The high-spec Sport appeared in January 2008, a month before the estate reached showrooms. The ultra-economical Fabia 1.4 TDI GreenLine arrived in April 2008, with the off-road-style Fabia Scout following three months later. A facelifted model debuted in March 2010, with a range of more efficient engines (including a 1.6 TDI diesel), a revised nose and the option of a brilliant dual-clutch transmission.

Alternatives

The post-2008 SEAT Ibiza is closely related to the second-generation Fabia, so it comes with a similar engine line-up, but it’s a bit more fun to drive – it’s also more distinctively styled. If you want genuine behind-the-wheel fun, the Ford Fiesta is the car for you, especially as it’s plentiful and cheap to buy. The Vauxhall Corsa is also easy to find, good value and practical. Buyers prioritising reliability should check out the Toyota Yaris. Not only is it dependable, it’s also safe, plus well built and equipped. It’s just not much fun

Running costs

Model Insurance group Fuel economy CO2 emissions Annual road tax
1.2 70 3-4 47mpg 140g/km 125
1.2 TSI 105 9-15 53mpg 124g/km 105
1.4 8-9 43mpg 155g/km 175
1.6 10-13 40mpg 165g/km 175
1.4 TDI 80 10-11 55mpg 135g/km 125
1.6 TDI CR 90 11-12 67mpg 109g/km 20
1.9 TDI 15 57mpg 129g/km 105

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Na ugly and weak thing!

An ugly and weak thing ths car!

Nicer than anything Ford have ever produced. Look at the trout pout fish-face front on the Fiesta! Yuck. Skoda Fabia is the best all-round used Supermini/

Please go the the Doctor right now! You´re a sick person!! Besides that you do not understand and know nothing about cars!! Shame on you!!

A joke of car!!!

Why not go and troll elsewhere. Wherever there is a Skoda review, up you pop with your derogatory comments. Grow up, and accept the fact Skoda build better cards than your beloved Ford do. FACT!

Ford = Hertz hire car!!!
Ford also = home on hard shoulder!!!

yOU ARE OUT OF YOUR MIND!

reliability index 2012
TOYOTA
HONDA
LEXUS
MAZDA
FORD
SUBARU
VOLVO
MITSUBISHI
KIA
HYUNDAI
CITROEN
BMW
FIAT
MERCEDES
SUZUKI
OPEL
RENAULT
PEUGEOT

DAIHATSU
CHEVROLET
ALFA ROMEO
AUDI

VOLKSWAGEN
LAND ROVER
SKODA

REALLY? Well that's strange then, unless you've written it in reverse order! I seem to recall Skoda being in the JD Power top 10 for the past 20 years, and AE Driver power winners four years running. Go troll elsewhere.

You haven't even got a mind. Get out more, or are you busy Fixing or Repairing Daily.....

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