Skoda Fabia review - 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 for the Fabia, although it has made improvements to the efficiency of the existing MPI and TSI petrol engines. Choose a model in either S or SE Comfort trim and Skoda claims you’ll see 52-55mpg 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.
CO2 emissions across the range are pretty reasonable, with 114g/km from the 1.0-litre MPI S (five-speed manual), rising to 137g/km for the top-spec 108bhp SE L car with the DSG auto transmission. Benefit-in-Kind tax rates sit in the 26-29 per cent bracket. Don’t forget, though, that the Fabia generally costs less to buy than most of its close rivals.
Insurance groups for the Fabia are still to be confirmed, although with excellent levels of safety kit and moderate levels of power from the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder engine that forms the core of the range, premiums shouldn’t be too expensive. As an example, the previous 108bhp petrol model was in groups 11-12, while the 94bhp TSI version sat in groups 8-9, depending on specification.
It’s still early days for the fourth-generation Fabia, so perhaps a little too soon to predict definitive residuals. Initial data suggests that the Fabia should hold onto around 45 per cent of its original value after a typical ownership period of three years and 36,000 miles.
Unusually, this figure is actually slightly down on the previous model’s, which could be attributed, in part, to the lack of hybridisation across the range. Skoda has said it is not planning any electrification for the Fabia and has cancelled plans for an estate version. Instead, the manufacturer has focused on keeping list prices for the five-door supermini as low as possible and making the petrol only engines in the range more efficient.
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, while reliability shouldn’t be an issue for the Fabia