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Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 5.4 - 6.5 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 46.3 - 55.4 mpg
  • No diesel any more
  • Nor any mild-hybrids
  • Just small petrols

What are the running costs?

Gone are the days of the mega-mpg Skoda Fabia diesel – it was always a bit of a niche choice but managed to sip fuel at an extraordinarily slow rate no matter how you drove, so we’re a bit sad it’s gone.

Now the Fabia is powered by 1.0- and 1.5-litre engines (although the majority of the range is made up of the former) that promise, in very broad terms, mpg figures in the 50s, and CO2 between 114 and 138g/km.

Some notable exceptions – the 110hp petrol is slightly thirstier, especially when paired with the DSG automatic gearbox, claiming 47.1-50.4mpg, while the 65hp naturally aspirated version promises the best fuel economy in the range and 114-117g/km of CO2.

The 1.5-litre unit in the Monte Carlo is more powerful and this comes at a cost – 46.3-47.9mpg and 134-137g/km of CO2. It also has the biggest wheels so we’d expect a further bump in running costs from tyre replacement. It’s a punchy unit for a small car and if you make the most of that you should expect brake pad and disc replacements to come around quicker, too.

Servicing and warranty

A pretty standard offering from Skoda when it comes to warranty – two years unlimited mileage followed by a third year/60,000 miles, whichever comes soonest. There are separate three year paint and 12 year body warranties too.

That’s not industry leading given the likes of Kia or MG offering seven years, or Hyundai’s five, but should cover the length of a PCP finance contract, by which time you’d likely be looking to swap out anyway. Fixed price servicing is available at main dealers.

Reliability

  • Long history of reliability
  • Parts used across VW Group
  • Simple engine line up

Although a new car on a new platform the Skoda Fabia shares much with the previous generation model and with other superminis from the VW Group. The last Fabia has the distinction of not being recalled for remedial revision during its entire production run – an impressive statistic that suggests reliability is a core value.

Helping to bolster this impression is the relatively simple engineering in this car – a range of small petrol engines with no hybrid tech to go wrong, and only one automatic gearbox option that has been tried and tested elsewhere.

The newly trimmed cabin may have more tech and design features than before but it still feels built to last and in reality the gadgets making their debut here have been used in other VW Group cars previously, so shouldn’t present an issue.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £165
Insurance group 2 - 19
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