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Skoda Fabia (2015 – 2021)

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Summary


The Skoda Fabia is a small car in the supermini class, available as either a five-door hatch or – unusually for this segment – an estate. This Fabia is the third generation model, which was launched in the UK in early 2015 and received a mid-life facelift in 2018. It has since been replaced by an all-new Fabia, which arrived in late 2021.

The Fabia was only available with a 1.0-litre petrol engine with various levels of performance. There was previously a diesel engine as well earlier in its lifespan, but this was discontinued as diesel fuel has rapidly declined in popularity.

Throughout its production lide, the Fabia received generally good reviews from the UK motoring media, although its scores started to decline as it has got older and had to contend with newer and more sophisticated rivals. At the end of its life it held an Expert Rating of 70%, placing it right in the middle of the supermini field. The estate version tended to receive scores that were pretty much identical to the hatch.

The Fabia was praised for its value for money and practicality, with good space for both people and luggage. Critics generally pointed out that it’s a rather unexciting car to both look at and drive.

In a 2020 What Car? survey of the 50 most reliable cars in the UK up to eight years old, the Skoda Fabia ranked equal 31st. In its 2021 survey, What Car? rated the Fabia tenth in its list of the most reliable small cars.

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door hatch and estate
Engines: petrol
Price: From £14,280 on-road

Launched: Spring 2015
Last updated: Summer 2020
Replaced: Winter 2021/22


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

The Skoda Fabia was originally crash tested by Euro NCAP back in 2014 and awarded a five-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2020 and is no longer valid as the car no longer meets the standards required for such a rating.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: 1.0 TSI PETROL 4X2 MANUAL
Date tested: February 2021

6 / 10

CLEAN AIR INDEX

6.5 / 10

ENERGY EFFICIENCY INDEX

5 / 10

GREENHOUSE GAS INDEX

The Skoda Fabia 1.0-litre petrol manual hatchback received a three-star rating from Green NCAP in February 2021.

Green NCAP said: “The soon-to-be-replaced third generation Škoda Fabia is tested here with the three-cylinder 1.0-litre turbocharged direct injection engine. In the past, such engines might have had issues with the number of particulate they emitted but a gasoline particulate filter (GPF) takes care of the problem, and to good effect.

“Emissions of particulates are never excessive, even in the more challenging tests. Emissions of NOx and CO are very well controlled, especially in the road tests. The story remains good when we look at energy efficiency, with the small engine emitting low values of CO2. This serves the car well in the Energy Efficiency index too, and excellent control of laughing gas, N2O and of Methane, CH4, contribute to a good index of 5 in this part of the assessment.

“Overall, the average index is only a little short of gaining the Fabia an extra half-star but it emerges from the tests with a very creditable three-star rating.”

This rating only applies to the 1.0-litre petrol (TSI) manual hatchback version of the Skoda Fabia, and does not imply similar ratings for other engine and gearbox combinations in the range (although there will be no significant difference between estate and hatchback body styles).

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Skoda Fabia has received

2021

  • What Car? Awards – Best Estate Car for Value

2020

  • What Car? Awards – Best Small Car, £14-16K + Best Estate Car under £20K

2019

  • What Car? Used Car Awards – Best Used Small Car

2018

  • What Car? Used Car Awards – Best Used Small Car

2017

  • Auto Express Driver Power Survey – Best Small Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Small Car + Best Estate Car under £18K
  • What Car? Used Car Awards – Best Used Small Car

2016

  • What Car? Awards – Best Small Car
  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Small Car

2015

  • What Car? Awards – Car of the Year + Best Small Car
  • Fleet News Awards – Best Small Car
  • Red Dot Awards – Product Design Award

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Skoda Fabia (2015 - 2021)The Skoda Fabia has received generally good reviews, and is considered both practical and good value for money – if not very exciting.