6. Skoda Fabia

Skoda Fabia Greenline front

It’s one of the oldest superminis on sale, but the Skoda Fabia still makes a strong case for itself – especially with the manufacturer offering such tempting, cut price deals on the car.

While the styling is beginning to show its age, the Fabia makes good use of its dimensions by offering plenty of interior space and a decent boot size. And even though the dashboard layout trails more modern rivals in terms of design flair, the quality of the finish still impresses. Equipment isn’t especially generous, so aim for SE spec at least.

• Skoda Fabia review

As ever, the diesel engines deliver the lowest fuel consumption and emissions. The GreenLine II model promises 83.1mpg and 89g/km, so is exempt from road tax. Just remember that a petrol Fabia will be cheaper to buy, and have lower insurance group ratings – do your sums to see if a diesel makes financial sense.

Every model has 10,000-mile service intervals, and owners tell us the dealers take good care of them, which should provide peace of mind in the unlikely event that you have any problems with your Fabia.

• Skoda Fabia vRS review

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