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Skoda Fabia

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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. The current Fabia is the third generation model, which was launched in the UK in early 2015 and received a mid-life facelift in 2018. An all-new replacement will be revealed in May 2021 before going on sale in the UK later in the year.

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

The Skoda Fabia has received generally good reviews from the UK motoring media, although its scores have started to decline as it has got older and had to contend with newer and more sophisticated rivals. As of August 2021, its Expert Rating of 69% puts it right in the middle of the supermini field. The estate version tends to receive scores that are pretty much identical to the hatch.

The Fabia has been praised for its value for money and practicality, with good space for both people and luggage. Criticisms have mainly been that it’s rather an 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.

The current Skoda Fabia is now at the end of its life, with an all-new model set to arrive in the UK before the end of 2021.

Key specifications

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

Launched: Spring 2015
Last updated: Summer 2020
Replacement due: Late 2021

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Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

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SAFETY RATING

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2014

81%

ADULT OCCUPANT

81%

CHILD OCCUPANT

69%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

69%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco Rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

The Skoda Fabia 1.0-litre petrol manual hatchback received a three-star rating from Green NCAP in February 2021. We are currently updating our Euro NCAP database, as the organisation changed its rating system and we need to change our database accordingly to be able to display the new scores.

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).

Security Rating

Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

No security rating

The Skoda Fabia has not been tested for anti-theft protection by Thatcham Research. This is a new initiative that was launched in 2019 to assess, in particular, the security of new cars with keyless entry and keyless start systems. If the Fabia is tested, we will update this page.

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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