Skoda Fabia – best superminis | Best superminis 2018/2019

The Skoda Fabia – now in its third generation – is well known for being spacious, comfortable and good value for money, and this latest Fabia doesn’t disappoint. It gets more interior space and handy practical storage solutions. However, prices have taken a hike, although they’re offset slightly by the better standard equipment.

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The new Fabia is powered by a good range of engines, including two three-cylinder 1.0-litre MPI units with 60ps and 75ps – as seen in the Skoda Citigo. But if you want more power, opt for the 1.2 four-cylinder TSI engine with its 90ps and 110ps outputs.

There’s also a 1.4 TDI CR diesel option with 90ps and 105ps available, but the diesel engines are noisy, unrefined and certainly need a lot of input to keep momentum going. The Fabia gets a standard five-speed manual gearbox, with the higher-output 1.2 TSI getting a six-speed version. Plus, there’s a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox option available on the 1.2 TSI 110ps and the lower output 1.4 TDI.

If you need even more space then there’s an updated Fabia Estate – and there’s a super-frugal Fabia Greenline on the way too. And with the addition of a Fabia Monte Carlo, which adds a dash of sporting style (but not the pace to match) the line up is complete. Skoda says it has to maintain the distinction between it and VW and that’s apparent in the hard plastics inside – it looks smart enough, but there isn’t a soft-touch finish to be found anywhere. 

Best superminis to buy now

  1. 1. Ford Fiesta
  2. 2. SEAT Ibiza
  3. 3. MINI 5-Door
  4. 4. Skoda Fabia
  5. 5. Citroen C3
  6. 6. VW Polo
  7. 7. Suzuki Baleno
  8. 8. Mazda 2
  9. 9. Dacia Sandero
  10. 10. Vauxhall Corsa

    source: AutoExpress Best Car Reviews (

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