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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Skoda Fabia Hatchback review.

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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The diesel engines offer excellent fuel economy of more than 50mpg in everyday driving, while the petrols are frugal for their size. Servicing is usually excellent value and insurance groups tend to be average for this size of car so your Skoda Fabia running costs shouldn’t add up too much. There’s strong demand for the 2000-2007 Fabia and the increased interior quality and improved interior space of the newer car should mean that residual values are stronger.

The 1.2-litre TSi petrol engine introduced in 2010 is an extremely frugal unit, it averages 54.3mpg.

The Fabia performs very well on the eco front. With an average of 144g/km CO2 across the range, Skoda Fabia emissions are comparably low for a supermini. Eco-conscious buyers should consider the 1.2-litre diesel Greenline model, which is the greenest model in the range. Thanks to aerodynamic tweaks and longer gearing it emits 89g/km of CO2 and can average 83.1mpg.

This Fabia isn't an all-new car - it's partly based on the previous model. That car suffered from a few glitches when it first went on sale but these were quickly ironed out and its reliability proved to be impressive. Many of the components used on the latest model are tried and tested so expect decent Skoda Fabia reliability.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,078 - £1,573 *
Diesel 131p £718 - £1,045 *

* 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.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
1.2 TDi Diesel 88 g/km (Min) £0
1.6 16V Petrol 180 g/km (Max) £260

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £260
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 3 - 16
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.