Car Reviews: Skoda Fabia 2 1.2 12v 70bhp hatchback – The AA

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Impressive quality Reputation for reliability remain intact Wide of engines from which to Greatly increased interior


Exterior design is a bland Smaller diesels noisy by modern standards No significantly undercuts its main Driving experience is somewhat

Skoda launched its first back in 2000 and its qualities became apparent: excellent quality, class-topping reliability and low costs. The second-generation model to turn the Fabia from a niche favourite to a more model.

Though it retains the basic floorpan as the first the new model has been extensively Perhaps the greatest feat of the and design team has been in considerable amounts of new space the same framework. There is 40 more room in the back the seats up, and 147 litres more the rear seats folded.

The nose and grille from the Skoda Roomster have stuck on the front, but because the shape is more conventional the quirky Roomster, it fails to the same impact. It’s if a little bland. Perhaps the to emulate BMW’s Mini and a white roof that with the body paint is an of sorts that something was to give the Fabia some flair.

Inside, the improvements are apparent and more appealing. the Fabia had a Volkswagen interior was well put together by Skoda. Now it has a interior that’s well put by Skoda.

Bland monochrome has jettisoned in favour of pleasant combinations that give a quality, much less feel to the cabin.

Despite an increase in overall the Fabia’s wheelbase remains the as the old model. The steering seems a lighter and body roll more noticeable, probably as a of being 47mm taller, but in the new car retains the easy-driving characteristics of its The sizeable rear pillars the field of vision when and parking, but apart from it’s business as usual.

Our on the Skoda Fabia 2 1.2 12v 70bhp

It could be argued that would be better off making that the … customers who a Fabia the first time do so again now, rather slavishly chasing the youth In doing so, the Fabia has lost of its charm while making a more competent all-rounder.


The first Fabia value for money as one of its key marketing This is less of a factor the new Fabia, as these days is surprised that a Skoda is made and reliable. Pricing is now on a par main rivals instead of them to any significant degree.

The still represents decent, if not value.

Space and practicality

In a tour de force, the designers significantly increased the available while keeping the same structure. From being one of the space efficient cars in its the Fabia is now among the most efficient.

Controls and display



Car safety

The Fabia is fully up to with modern safety with driver and passenger and side airbags as standard. airbags are an optional extra, there is a raft of electronic for the driver including ABS, and

Driver appeal

The availability of with such similar may confuse some buyers, so worth noting that the two are the 1.2 70bhp petrol and the familiar 1.9 TDI that seems to find its way every VW Group product. The is much smoother than the petrol units while the has ample torque for any situation. the driving experience does rather remote and uninvolving.

The 1.4-litre diesels are surprisingly

Family car appeal

First car

Quality and image

The first became a success because motorists who didn’t care how they were, bought it in numbers. At first, everyone laughed and then they that they were something and began to join in. will not be the same surprise this time around it comes to realising that is a well-made machine.


five good-sized doors as and a tailgate that is light to the Fabia scores well for An increase in height means there is less danger of your head upon than in most comparable too.

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

A standard Group CD/Radio is standard and will be fine for most The Fabia’s audio unit is fully MP3 compatible, a must-have in the modern small car market.

gains the Skoda nose seen on the Roomster

Colours and

In a rather heavy-handed attempt to ape the of the Mini, the Fabia can be specified a white roof – no colours are available. However, it is not worth the considerable extra Perhaps surprisingly, bright, colours suit the bodywork though these could the car harder to sell on.

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