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The Top Gear car review: Skoda Fabia
Running costs and reliability
No Fabia is expensive to buy or run, so no worries there. As for trim levels – there are five of them, beginning with ‘S’. Over and above pre-facelift cars, these Fabias get LED daytime running lights, a proper multifunction trip computer and Front Assist – Skoda’s low-speed autonomous emergency braking technology – as standard. You also get 6.5-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, steel wheels, electric front windows, central locking and so-on. Not air-conditioning though. That’s on ‘SE’, which is next up and set to be the UK’s most popular grade. It also adds alloys (albeit small ones), parking sensors and DAB, among other things. ‘SEL’ adds yet bigger wheels, built-in sat-nav, climate control, cruise control and keyless go.
‘Monte Carlo’ and ‘Colour Edition’ are mostly trim packages, the former sits above ‘SE’ and beneath ‘SE L’, and the latter at the very top of the line-up. Buy one of those if you like the way they look, otherwise stick with ‘SE’ and the 94bhp engine for around £14,645. Adaptive cruise control and blind-spot detection systems can be optioned-in for just under £400 each, should you so wish.