Skoda Fabia review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
Very fuel-efficient range of engines ensure CO2 is competitive and running costs are low
The Skoda Fabia uses the latest-generation Volkswagen Group engine tech – no dated hand-me-downs here, which ensures fuel economy is strong across the board. Under WLTP testing, which provides more realistic and achievable figures, the Fabia still manages no less than 45.6mpg, with lower-powered models pushing past 50mpg.
The basic 1.0 MPI 60 is a 53.3mpg car emitting up to 134g/km of CO2. The 1.0 TSI, in either of its power outputs, is impressively close to the MPI's fuel-efficiency. The 95PS version has a claimed economy figure of 52.3mpg, while emissions are rated at 138g/km. The more powerful 110PS engine quotes 51.4mpg and CO2 of emissions of 141g/km.
Diesel engines are no longer offered with the Fabia, while the revised range doesn't see a fuel-efficient Greenline model as part of the line-up, either. If you choose the Fabia Estate, then fuel economy figures stay the same.
Standard autonomous braking across the range helps to keep insurance groups for the Skoda Fabia low. They start at group 1 for the 1.0 MPI 60 in either S, SE, SE Drive or Colour Edition trim levels.
However, there’s a bit of a jump up for the 1.0 TSI compared to the 1.0 MPI: a 1.0 TSI 95PS S is in group 8, while SE models and above are in Group 9. The higher-performance 1.0 TSI 110 jumps again, to group 11 when combined with SE trim and group 12 for every model afterwards.
The latest Skoda Fabia boasts some very impressive retained values for a small supermini-sized car. The best version overall is actually the entry-level 1.0 MPI 60 S, which retains nearly 51% of its value after three years, the sort of slow depreciation normally associated with in-demand premium cars.
Our choice 1.0 TSI 95 SE retains almost 48%, although SE L and Monte Carlo diesels do retain a bit less.
In this review
- 1Skoda Fabia reviewIt might be showing its age ever so slightly, but the comfortable, practical Fabia remains hard to fault
- 2Engines, performance and driveNon-turbo entry-level engines can struggle, but the 1.0 TSI petrol is surprisingly strong
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingVery fuel-efficient range of engines ensure CO2 is competitive and running costs are low
- 4Interior, design and technologyPlain interior design is nevertheless well built and includes some standout technology
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceVery roomy and practical, the comfortable Fabia also boasts one of the biggest boots in the supermini sector
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe previous Fabia had a middling reputation for reliability but the latest one should be much better – it’s safer too