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Skoda Fabia

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Summary


The Skoda Fabia is a small five-door supermini-class hatchback, with the current model launched in the UK in late 2021.

The previous generation also included an estate version of the Fabia, called the Fabia Combi, but Skoda decided to scrap plans to renew the estate version due to concerns that it would not pass European emissions standards.

For this current generation of Fabia, Skoda has updated the exterior design to match its line-up of newer models, extended the wheelbase to allow for more legroom in the cabin, and has updated the interior with more practical features and updated on-board tech.

The Skoda Fabia shares parts with other similarly-sized hatchbacks in the Volkswagen group family, including its range of engine options which are also found fitted to the SEAT Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo.

“It’s a shame there’s no electric version”, says Carwow. The Skoda Fabia has a petrol-only range, with no hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric models.

However, if electrification is not a necessity for your next hatchback, it is hard to ignore the value-for-money that the Fabia offers. Car concludes: “The latest Fabia is another Skoda which beats its Volkswagen and SEAT stablemates at their own game. It’s roomy, handsome, well-built, easy to use and should be cheap to run.”

Despite their structural and mechanical similarities, the entry-level Fabia starts around £3,000 cheaper than either the Ibiza or Polo.

With these prices, an improved practical interior, good levels of on-board tech available as standard and more boot space, Auto Express affirms that the fourth generation of Skoda Fabia “has all the credentials to challenge the very best in the supermini class.”

As of March 2022, the Skoda Fabia holds an Expert Rating of 78% from 18 reviews, just one point behind the class-leading SEAT Ibiza’s score of 79%. Given that it’s a brand-new model, we expect to see more reviews being published in coming months, which could push the rating up or down by a few points.

Fabia highlights

  • Impressive levels of standard equipment
  • Spacious and practical cabin
  • Plenty of boot space
  • Good fuel economy
  • Cheaper than supermini rivals

Fabia lowlights

  • Interior cheap in places
  • No electrification across range
  • Rather buggy infotainment
  • Rivals are more fun to drive
  • Road noise at higher speeds

Key specifications


Body style: Small five-door hatchback
Engines: petrol
Price: From £14,905 on-road

Launched: Winter 2021/22
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


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

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2021

85%

ADULT OCCUPANT

81%

CHILD OCCUPANT

70%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

71%

SAFETY ASSIST

The Fabia’s list of standard safety equipment includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, and lane-keeping assistance.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Skoda Fabia has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Skoda Fabia has received

2022

  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Supermini

2021

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Skoda FabiaThe smallest car in the Skoda family, the Fabia is a practical supermini and stand-out value-for-money package, but rivals have better interior quality.