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The Top Gear car review:Skoda Fabia

Overall verdict
Highly commendable in nearly every way, but the lack of pizzazz means it’s not our class leader.


Immensely sensible, great practicality, excellent value, improved efficiency


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.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.2 TSI Monte Carlo 5dr
9.4s 110g/km 58.9 110 £16,425
The cheapest
1.0 MPI 60 S 5dr
15.7s 110g/km 57.6 60 £11,175
The greenest
1.0 TSI Colour Edition 5dr
10.6s 101g/km 64.2 95 £14,695
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