The Skoda Fabia has been round for greater than 20 years and through its life it has basically been linked to the VW Polo and the Seat Ibiza.
Over time, all three fashions have shared platforms with the chassis, engine and parts being the identical throughout all three superminis.
In market circumstances, Volkswagen has at all times been VW Group’s “premium” possibility, the seat is youthful, and the Fabia typically sits someplace within the center.
In all three generations it has been a mature, value-based possibility and that is nonetheless the case.
It matures in two methods. First – regardless of main adjustments in 2018 – Fabia is comparatively lengthy within the tooth. Its Polo and Ibiza cousins at the moment are based mostly on the brand new MQB A0 platform whereas the Fabia troopers proceed with the earlier era setup.
The opposite two VW Group Superminis are additionally brisker and younger in feel and look. There is not any body-colored dashboard or fancy exterior colours for the Fabia and the largest display you may have is 6.5 inches. However the Fabia nonetheless offers the sensation of being a grown-up, with the refinement and sturdiness of an even bigger automobile.
This can be a widespread sense machine. There’s nothing flashy or significantly intelligent about it, but it surely’s nice at doing what it must do and it is at the very least £3,000 cheaper than an Ibiza, Fiesta or Polo.
Updates through the years introduced extra expertise and options to the Fabia, so all fashions now get entrance help autonomous emergency braking, LED daytime working lights, and a multifunction journey pc.
Our SE-spec automobile is a step up from the £12,990 entry-level S, so it additionally contains 15-inch alloys, air-con, DAB radio, smartphone connectivity, rear parking sensors and entrance fog lights. We additionally had the optionally available however glorious Amundsen touchscreen with the Nav – a £570 additional.
Transferring from S to SE spec additionally opens up a complete vary of engine choices. The Fabia is mated to 74bhp, 94bhp and 108bhp variations of the petrol-only 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI unit.
Our 94bhp model felt pleasantly alive, with greater than sufficient vim to propel the Fabia, although the 11-second 0-62mph time is not going to fret Fiesta ST homeowners.
The 74bhp model could properly show to be properly sufficient for anybody driving a lot of the metropolis, whereas the 108bhp one, with the choice of a seven-speed DSG auto gearbox appears nearly like overkill.
In comparison with the likes of the Ford Fiesta, the Fabia has by no means been a driver’s automobile, but it surely handles and rides properly round city whereas feeling stable and secure on quick A roads and motorways.
The emphasis is on its large automobile really feel with a comparatively spacious inside for sophistication, good rear leg and head room, and a 330l boot.
Fabia is a bit within the shadow of the opposite superminis. Ibiza and Polo are younger and complex, and the Fiesta continues to be among the finest in the marketplace.
However Fabia should not be discounted. It is a stable, succesful and cozy hatchback and, at over £3,000 cheaper than any of these three, it is a smart possibility for drivers on the lookout for a good-value grownup possibility.
price: £15,810; System: 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, turbo, petrol; Energy: 94bhp; Torque: 118 lb/ft; Transmission: five-speed guide; high velocity: 114mph; 0-62mph: 10.8 sec; Financial system: 51.9mpg; CO2 emissions: 123 g/km