Buyer’s Guide to the Skoda Fabia

Buyer’s Guide to the Skoda Fabia

Skoda offers great, affordable models and with its latest version of the Fabia, it hopes to continue its success in the supermini segment.

The Skoda Fabia has been an affordable and dependable option in the supermini market for some time, and 2018 saw the third-generation model get a much deserved update.

Coming well-equipped and for good value, the Fabia will continue to be a sensible option in the small hatchback market.

You can watch our full review on the new Skoda Fabia here 

2018 Skoda Fabia

What engine options do you get?

Skoda offers the Fabia with an all-petrol engine line-up – with two units to choose from. There is either the naturally-aspirated 1.0-litre MPI unit that develops 74bhp or the 1.0-litre TSI turbo offering that comes in two states of tune – 94bhp or 109bhp.

Both the MPI and 94bhp TSI options come with a five-speed manual transmission, while the top-end TSI 109bhp offering is available with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox. All models are front-wheel drive.

What specifications are there?

Customers get the choice of five different trims – S, SE, Colour Edition, SE L and Monte Carlo and each model incorporates Skoda’s innovative Simply Clever features. For the base S spec, the Fabia is fitted with 15-inch steel wheels, LED daytime running lights, fabric upholstery, front assist braking system, a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment setup with DAB radio and Bluetooth, electric front windows and a stop/start system – while useful extras, such as cruise control and parking sensors can be fitted.

Higher-end options come with improved infotainment systems, climate control, larger alloy wheels, a leather sports steering wheel, LED head and taillights, a sporty bodykit and much more.

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2018 Skoda Fabia

Is there much safety equipment on offer?

As this model is an update rather than an all-new car, Skoda has only been able to add a couple of systems over the previous Fabia. But that means it can now come with a driver fatigue sensor, blind spot detection with rear traffic alert and the front assist emergency braking system. Extras are available in the form of a reversing camera and sensors, as well as cruise control with speed limiter.

Can I customise it?

Skoda provides a considerable amount of colour and design options for customers to choose from – with two-tone bodywork and multiple alloy designs on offer. There are also a series of features available to enhance the technology in the Fabia, which many customers should be interested in looking at.

2018 Skoda Fabia

How much does the Fabia cost?

With prices starting from £12,840, the Fabia is well-priced in its segment – considering the equipment it has on offer from the base level. The sporty Monte Carlo offering starts at £16,785, and Skoda also provides an estate version, which starts from £13,860.

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