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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
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PROS

  • Fun to drive
  • Frugal engine
  • Well-equipped
  • Low C02 emissions

CONS

  • No manual gearbox option

Verdict

Skoda’s latest incarnation of its rapid Fabia vRS packs many changes. Gone is the powerful 1.9-litre diesel engine in favour of a turbocharged and supercharged 1.4-litre petrol. Previously, the vRS only came with a six-speed manual gear change, now it’s only a seven-speed DSG gearbox – an automatic with race-inspired paddle shift gear changers behind the steering wheel – on offer. It’s sensible too. Yes it’s quick but the running costs are low enough to make it a serious ‘daily driver’. It has the lowest emissions in class, it’s the most frugal and it has more pulling power when comparing to a list of rivals that include the Citroen DS3 DSport, Ford Fiesta S1600, Renault Clio Sport 200, and the Vauxhall Corsa VXR. It’s a great all-rounder. It does the simple things with ease and when you want a few tricks it can do them too. The Fabia vRS is quick, powerful, feisty when pushed yet frugal and a low CO2 emitter when driven sensibly. All-in-all, the new vRS is a great package and is more sophisticated than its rivals as it offers so much more than just all-out fun. It's also available in both hatchback and estate versions. Read more to find out why we rate this car so highly.

What owners say about this car

so despite reading about the high oil use, needing spark plugs every 5k miles I decided to purchase this car. Read owner review

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Passenger space, headroom, boot space, cubby holes, large wing mirrors. Read owner review

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