Skoda Fabia - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Keen pricing and strong fuel economy mean that the Skoda Fabia should prove reasonable to run
Skoda has opted not to include mild- or plug-in hybrid tech in the latest iteration of the Fabia, although it has made improvements to the efficiency of the existing MPI and TSI petrol engines. Choose a model in SE Comfort trim and Skoda claims you’ll see 54-56mpg from any of the 1.0-litre engine variants paired with a manual gearbox. Economy only dips 1-2 mpg if you opt for a higher-spec car, although choosing the DSG auto means a fall to around 47-50mpg on the WLTP combined cycle.
After covering nearly 9,000 miles in our Skoda Fabia 1.0 TSI long-term test car, we averaged 55.4mpg which is pretty impressive considering the lack of hybrid technology. That said, if fuel economy is a priority for you, during our group test against the Skoda Fabia and Ford Fiesta, the full-hybrid Toyota Yaris managed to return 68.8mpg, compared to the 55.4mpg we got in the Skoda and the Ford's 58.9mpg.
CO2 emissions across the range are pretty reasonable, with 115g/km from the 1.0-litre MPI SE Comfort (five-speed manual), rising to 136g/km for the 108bhp SE L car with DSG auto transmission. Benefit-in-Kind tax rates sit in the 28-30 per cent bracket.
Insurance premiums for the Fabia shouldn't be too expensive – the entry SE Comfort model is in group 4 (out of 50), while higher-powered versions combined with the same trim level sit in groups 11 to 13. The top-spec 148bhp variant in Monte Carlo specification is in group 20.
In comparison, the Renault Clio 89bhp TCe 90 version sits in groups 9 or 10 depending on spec, while the E-Tech hybrid with 138bhp is in group 12.
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Residual values for the Skoda Fabia supermini are pretty strong, with the 108bhp 1.0-litre model holding onto 50-52 per cent of its original value when combined with either SE L, Colour Edition or Monte Carlo trim levels. The 79bhp MPI SE Comfort version is the worst performer in the range, retaining around 46 per cent of its showroom price.
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In this review
- 1VerdictIf you’re after an affordable supermini that delivers plenty of space, comfort and on-board technology, then the Skoda Fabia won’t disappoint
- 2Engines, performance and driveAlthough it doesn’t offer blistering performance, the Fabia’s 1.0-litre TSI engine is capable enough
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costs - currently readingKeen pricing and strong fuel economy mean that the Skoda Fabia should prove reasonable to run
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Skoda Fabia has sharper exterior styling, a quality feel to the cabin and plenty of standard kit
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceWith tremendous boot space and plenty of room for passengers, the Fabia supermini offers a level of practicality from a class above
- 6Reliability and safetySafety kit is good, plus reliability shouldn’t be an issue for the fourth-generation Fabia