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Skoda Fabia review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

The Fabia includes a range of fuel-efficient engines, helping to reduce CO2 emissions and keep running costs 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 44.1mpg, with lower-powered models pushing efficiency beyond 53mpg.

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 currently available 95PS manual version has a claimed economy figure of 52.3mpg, with emissions rated at 138g/km, while the automatic variant is slightly down on these figures with a best of 49.6mpg and CO2 emissions at 145g/km. For used buyers, the more powerful 110PS engine was quoted at 51.4mpg with 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.

Insurance groups

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. If you’re looking at older cars, the higher-performance 1.0 TSI 110 jumps again, to group 11 when combined with SE trim, and group 12 for every model afterwards.

Depreciation

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.

Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 MPI S 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £11,805

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.0 MPI S 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £11,805

Fastest

  • Name
    1.0 TSI 110 SE 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £15,620

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