Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Exterior temperature gauge
  • Front assistant collision mitigation
  • Multi function trip computer
  • PAS
  • Service interval indicator
  • SmartLink plus

Entertainment

  • Auxiliary socket for external MP3 player
  • Bolero Radio
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Radio swing with 6.5" touchscreen display, Bluetooth, SD card slot, USB port and 6 speakers

Exterior Features

  • Black roof
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door mirrors and handles
  • Coming/leaving home lighting function
  • Door sill inserts with Monte Carlo logo
  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Heated rear window
  • Height adjustable headlamps
  • Illuminated door sill inserts
  • Intermittent rear wash/wipe
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED rear combination lights
  • Monte Carlo logo and exterior styling including rear spoiler, rear diffuser, front grille and door mirrors in black
  • Privacy glass
  • Rear fog lights
  • Tinted rear windows
  • Tinted windscreen

Interior Features

  • 1.5L bottle holder in front door panels
  • 2 height adjustable rear headrests
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Boot stowage box
  • Cargo area storage tray
  • Climate control air conditioning
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Folding grab handles
  • Front and rear interior lights
  • Front reading lights
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Height adjustable passenger seat
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Isofix child seat mounting points on outer rear seats
  • Leather handbrake and gearshift lever
  • Lower glovebox cover
  • Luggage hooks in the boot
  • Monte Carlo styling with carbon leather bolsters seats
  • Multifunction sports leather steering wheel with red stitching
  • Parcel shelf
  • Pearl grey headlining
  • Pollen filter
  • Rear courtesy light
  • Rear storage trays
  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
  • Textile floor mat
  • Ticket holder
  • Umbrella under front passenger seat

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS + MSR
  • Curtain and side airbags
  • Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • EDS
  • ESC with ASR
  • Front and rear passenger seatbelt warning light
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
  • Tyre pressure monitor

Security

  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Remote central locking with SAFE function and alarm with interior monitoring

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

106

HC+NOx

NOx

0.027

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

999

Compression Ratio

10.5:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

3

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

74.5

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

76.4

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION

Gears

5 SPEED

Number of Valves

12

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

61.4

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

68.9

EC Urban (mpg)

51.4

General

Badge Engine CC

1

Badge Power

95

Based On ID

Coin Description

TSI

Coin Series

Monte Carlo

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

9E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

10.8

Engine Power - BHP

95

Engine Power - KW

70

Engine Power - RPM

5000

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

118

Engine Torque - MKG

16.3

Engine Torque - NM

160

Engine Torque - RPM

1800

Top Speed

114

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

215/45 R16

Tyre Size Rear

215/45 R16

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

ITALIA

Wheel Type

16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1452

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4009

Wheelbase

2470

Width

1732

Width (including mirrors)

1958

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

45

Gross Vehicle Weight

1576

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1150

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

330

Max. Loading Weight

530

Max. Roof Load

75

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1000

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

560

Minimum Kerbweight

1046

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

9.8

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Security

Technical

Trim

Wheels

Summary

The Fabia has done very well for Skoda. Close to 4 million cars have sold to date, which is quite some success story given that the Fabia is not a vehicle of absolutes. It's not the cheapest, the most economical, the most stylish or the most fun to drive car in its class. Instead, it blends a mix of abilities and can probably be described as the car that offers the most quality for your pound in its sector. Appealing to subtlety in this way has seen many good cars sink without a trace. This improved third generation Fabia takes a risk in deviating from the script, looking to secure a new tranche of younger buyers thanks to its sharper styling and cleverer tech. Will it succeed? We wouldn't bet against it.

Background

The Skoda Fabia surprised most people when the first generation version arrived back in 2001. After all, it succeeded the wholly unlovely Felicia and so a rating of 'only slightly rubbish' would have been a soaring success. In fact it was a little gem, well built, economical and keenly priced. It helped kick-start the success of modern Skoda as we know it today. The second generation version launched in 2007 and brought additional sophistication, which meant that the bar was set a lot higher for this MK3 model which was announced late in 2014. It still exceeded expectations though, bigger and more sophisticated than before. One of its few weaker points was the 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine that accounted for the majority of sales, but Skoda has now sorted that issue by dispensing with that powerplant. In its place is an altogether more modern three cylinder 1.0-litre TSI unit, available with either 95 or 110PS.

Driving Experience

Because this is merely an update of an existing design, this revised MK3 Fabia doesn't get the Volkswagen Group's latest MQB A0 platform, as used by its cousins, latest versions of the Volkswagen Polo and the SEAT Ibiza. Its older MQB chassis is still quite sophisticated though and to it can be bolted the same engines as you'd find in the two rival models just mentioned. All of these units are now three cylinder petrol-powered engines, Skoda deciding that the market for diesels amongst supermini buyers is now defunct. There are 60 and 75hp 1.0-litre MPI normally aspirated powerplants, but the engine to have, if you can stretch to it, is the 1.0-litre TSI turbo, available with 95 or 110hp. The perkier unit can be matched with 7-speed DSG auto transmission. Even the base TSI variant gets to 62mph in 0.6s en route to 115mph. The pokier version improves these figures to 9.5s and 122mph. On the move, Skoda has worked hard to endow the Fabia with a supple ride, decent body control and low-effort steering. Once you've made the right engine choice, you'll get yourself undemanding transport that on occasion can offer up a few driving rewards. Despite the addition of an XDS+ electronic differential system that aids corner turn-in, these benefits won't really manifest themselves if you're the kind of person who likes to drive on your doorhandles. But then if that's your preference, you probably wouldn't be looking at a Fabia in the first place.

Design and Build

The Fabia's changed - but certainly not beyond recognition. Front and rear design updates deliver a smarter appearance and there are more stylish wheel designs of up to 18-inches in size. Shaplier headlights and front fog lights with sleeker outlines and state-of-the-art lighting technology also freshen up the look, LED headlights and LED rear lights being offered for the first time. Inside, there's a redesigned instrument cluster, smarter trim strips for the dashboard and two-tone finishes for the seats to update the interior. As before, there's a five-door Hatch bodystyle, or an Estate with a class-leading 530-litre boot capacity. With the Hatch variant, the boot is also the largest within the car's segment at 330-litres and the loading area is 960mm wide. With the rear seats folded down in Hatch models, loading capacity increases up to 1,150-litres. To help make good use of the room on offer, there's are various load-securing nets offered as part of the optional 'Simply Clever' practicality package. Plus there's a two-position luggage compartment shelf that'll keep fragile items off the boot floor. And folding hooks to stop your shopping from spilling out of its bag on your way back from the supermarket. All passengers get impressive levels of headroom by supermini standards. Do rear seat folk have to pay for all that cargo capacity we mentioned? Not really. This was always one of the very few superminis in which three fully-sized adults could just about sit alongside each other - at least for short journeys. It still is. Try doing that in a Fiesta.

Market and Model

There's a choice of either five-door Hatch or estate bodystyles. Prices start at around the £11,000 mark, so though this Fabia is no longer a huge bargain amongst superminis, it's still very well priced. There's a £1,000 premium if you want the Estate. A key improvement made to this revised model is the addition of the brand's 'Swing' centre-dash infotainment monitor, a 6.5-inch display that also allows drivers to use the full range of mobile online services from 'Skoda Connect'. The 'Connect' package consists of two things; 'Infotainment Online' gives you online traffic information and can update you on things like fuel prices, parking spaces, current news and weather. Then there are the so-called 'CareConnect Services' which allow you to monitor your car from your smartphone, plus the set-up includes a breakdown call function and will automatically alert the emergency services if the airbags go off in an accident. Further up the Fabia range, buyers are offered the more sophisticated 'Amundsen' navigation system, which features an Online Traffic Information service with real-time information on traffic hold-ups. Meanwhile, innovative SmartLink+ technology makes it possible to enjoy all the benefits of the Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink and SmartGate standards. There have been some safety additions too, including Blind Spot Detection and a Rear Traffic Alert system that monitors what is going on behind the vehicle and warns of a risk of collision when reversing. Another newly available feature is Light Assist, which automatically switches to low beam as soon as the system detects oncoming traffic or vehicles ahead.

Cost of Ownership

The 1.0-litre engine turns in some excellent economy figures. In the old Fabia 1.2 TSI, you could count on around 61mpg from the 1.2-litre unit; now with the 95PS 1.0-litre TSI variant, you're good for 65.7mpg with emissions dropping to just 99g/km. Go for the pokier 110PS unit and you're looking at 64.2mpg and 101g/km. Or 62.8mpg and 104g/km for a DSG auto model. That means that in the real world, a 1.0-litre TSI petrol-powered Fabia could easier end up being more economic overall than some supermini diesel models. Fabias have always held very firm when it comes to residual values, used buyers valuing the Volkswagen Group input and resolute build quality. Insurance has also been very cheap, reflecting the mature owner profile. Will that change now that Skoda is aiming at a younger demographic? We'll have to wait on that one.