Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

No alarms and no surprises. That’s the name of the game here. The Fabia hatchback’s interior is a great place to be with more space than ever. The switches and controls feel high quality, and it’s no surprise to recognise bits and bobs from the other models in the Skoda range pop up here and there too.

All of the instruments in front of the driver feel very classic in design, but they’re clear and simple to operate.

The only real issue here is that while the cabin of the Fabia is a great-looking environment, its plastics aren’t the highest of quality. It’s perhaps this single aspect that reminds you that this isn’t a VW or Audi, but a cheaper, more cheerful Skoda.

This is another area where we struggle to find much wrong. Skoda Fabia comfort levels are actually surprisingly high considering the size and cost of the car.

There’s very little road noise transferred to the cabin, wind noise simply isn’t an issue and the only noise you get from the 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine is a quiet, yet highly satisfying, thrum when you move away.

We could have done with a touch more bolstering on the front seats to keep us from moving in the cabin too much, but that’s just about the only criticism we can levy on the Fabia.