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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The cabin is functional and robust but not particularly stylish. Skoda has attempted to boost the ambience by adding some metal look plastics while lighter trims are also available but while the materials used are good quality the cabin feels a little utilitarian.

The switches and controls are well placed though and intuitive to use while the dials are particularly clear and easy to read. Thanks to plenty of adjustment in the driver’s seat and steering wheel it’s easy to find a comfortable driving position.

Given the new car is taller and fractionally longer than before, allowing extra head and legroom for all passengers, Skoda Fabia comfort levels are good.

There’s loads of room in the front while legroom in the back is impressive for a car of this size, however adults may feel a little squashed in the back and the downward sloping roof and narrow rear seats are better suited to children.

Wind and road noise are kept low – however the diesel models are particularly noisy – especially at speed. The ride is exemplary though and copes superbly with potholes and lumps in the road.