If a key consideration for your buying choice is finding the lowest Skoda Fabia running costs then you’ll need to wait for the forthcoming Greenline model, promising over 90mpg fuel consumption. For those that don’t have the patience to wait for that fuel-sipping model to come along, there is salvation though, as even the lest economical Fabia is said to achieve 58.8mpg (both the 1.0MPI 75PS and 1.2TSI 110PS).
The most popular model is likely to be that 1.0MPI with 74bhp, but it’s actually the 1.2TSI with 88bhp that is the most pleasant to drive – and in the laboratory it managed 60.1mpg. But it’s the diesel models that impress most here, with a choice of 1.4TDIs with either 88bhp or 103bhp. Choose the former and the spec sheet suggests 83.1mpg is possible while the more powerful model is rated at 80.7mpg. Even the DSG automatic gearbox-equipped 1.4TDI with 88bhp manages 78.5mpg.
All Skoda Fabias are in band A or B for annual VED car tax at time of writing, while each sit in the 14 percent BiK bracket so should prove cheap to run for company users also.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||109p||£774 - £869 *|
|Diesel||107p||£624 - £726 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions. Fuel prices are updated daily.
Ongoing running costs
|Servicing period||You’ll need to have your Fabia serviced every 20,000 miles.|
|Warranty||As standard the Fabia comes with a three year/60,000 mile warranty, though you can extend this by paying extra at time of purchase.|
|Road tax (12 months)||
£0 - £140
See tax rates for all versions
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How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.
Until the Greenline model (82g/km) arrives late in 2015 the best Skoda Fabia emissions come from the 1.4-litre diesel with 88bhp, which produces an impressive 88g/km. That said most Fabia hatchbacks will be petrol-powered and even the most powerful 1.2 TSI with 108bhp only emits 110g/km of CO2, while the best of the petrols is the 1.0 MPI with 59bhp and 106g/km CO2 emissions.
Regardless of which model Fabia you choose you’ll benefit from stop/start and brake energy regeneration as standard.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|1.4 TDi Diesel||93 g/km (Min)||£0|
|1.4 TDi (105bhp) Diesel||112 g/km (Max)||£0 - £140|
The engines in this car are all new, so in some ways Skoda Fabia reliability is still something of an unknown. That said, they’re used throughout the rest of the VW group range and have proved reliable so far, and all previous Fabia’s have passed through their model cycle without major complaint – we’d expect the same of the new one.
And although we are lamenting the lack of soft-touch plastics in the cabin, the more utilitarian materials used mean the cabin should be fairly hard-wearing.
Car checklist problem points
|Body||No problems reported.|
|Engine / gearbox||No problems reported.|
|Other||No problems reported.|