*With the wind behind it. Official top speed now stands at 198mph – which is still very fast
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The Top Gear car review:Skoda Fabia
For:Immensely sensible, great practicality, excellent value, improved efficiency
Against:Value-brand roots show through in places
What is it?
After the Octavia, the Skoda Fabia is the Czech – but wholly VW-owned – brand’s second-best selling model in the UK. This is its third iteration and, like pretty much everything else released by VW Group in the last year, uses elements of the versatile MQB platform. This is Very Good News. It means that though the new Fabia is physically smaller than its predecessor, it’s bigger inside, lighter and, says Skoda, up to 17 per cent more efficient thanks to a new generation of three- and four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines.