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As far as on-road manners, performance and practicality are concerned, the Fabia is certainly competent, but there aren’t any particular advantages here that would lead you to pick one over a Polo or an Ibiza.
Where the Fabia does carry some clout is in terms of price. Our SE L model will set you back £15,935 and gets you sat-nav, 16in alloy wheels, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a DAB radio. A comparable Ibiza, meanwhile, costs £16,255, while a Polo with a similar level of equipment starts at £18,560 — although you do get a more powerful engine with it.
This leaves the Fabia in a bit of a grey area. It’s a comfortable, affordable, easy-to-drive and attractive supermini, but so too are its rivals — and often to a greater extent. More is needed here to really make it stand out. Perhaps we’ll get that when the fourth-gen model eventually arrives.
Skoda Fabia SE L 1.0 TSI 95
Where Prague, Czech Republic Price £15,935 On sale Now Engine 3cyl, 999cc, turbocharged petrol Power 94bhp at 5000-5500rpm Torque 118lb ft at 1800-3500rpm Gearbox five-speed manual Kerb weight 1121kg Top speed 114mph 0-62mph 10.8sec Fuel economy 61.4mpg CO2, tax band 104g/km, 21% Rivals Volkswagen Polo, Seat Ibiza