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What should I be paying?

These days the range in the UK starts at £18,605 for the SE Comfort trim. That jumps to £19,300 for the Colour Edition, £21,135 for the SE L and £21,835 for the Monte Carlo. However, if you want the latter with the biggest 1.5-litre engine then expect to pay almost £25,000. 

Monthly payments start at around £170 for an entry-level SE Comfort, rising to just over £280 for a 4cyl Monte Carlo on a four-year agreement with a £5k deposit.

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What are the kit choices like? 

There’s a choice of nine different colours on the new Fabia, four of which are shades of white or blue. There is a nifty shade of orange for the bold that works surprisingly well, and you can also spec various bits of the car in contrasting grey or black. Of course, they’ll only contrast as long as the rest of the car isn’t grey or black.

You can get up to nine airbags in your Fabia too – amazing that there’s still space for passengers, really – and there’s a whole host of safety assists available for the car should you wish to shell out. You can cover all bases and get park assist, lane assist, side assist, front assist and manoeuvre assist. Jargon assist is available as an option should you want to try and understand what any of those things do.

Tech-wise, there’s wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and charging available, as well as a selection of USB-C sockets for charging. There’s one on the rearview mirror too if you want to power up your dashcam. The Fabia also offers some useful big car items for the first time, such as a heated windscreen and steering wheel, and a panoramic sunroof.

Which model should I go for?

Ah, the big hitter. Well, trim level really comes down to your preference: at the lower price scale you’ve the choice of SE Comfort and the Colour Edition, while at the upper end the SE L and Monte Carlo versions are the glossier and sportier versions of the Fabia respectively. The middling Colour Edition seems like a good bet, with plenty of tech and added flair.

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We’d avoid the nat-asp engine – our choice would be the turbocharged 109bhp variant, paired with the six-speed manual box, which is quick enough and also offers increased economy over the same engine equipped with a DSG auto. Shame there’s not an electric powertrain to suit, mind.

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