Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

Should you buy one?

Yes. It’s the best of the Volkswagen Group trio of small cars that also includes the Polo and the SEAT Ibiza. The Skoda Fabia might not be the most exciting choice – it looks like the old one, but it’s a much smoother, more refined drive, with a wide range of efficient engines to choose from. It’s lacking the fizz of a Ford Fiesta or the style of a Renault Clio, but despite an absence of sparkle, it’s a very impressive all-rounder.

While the old car’s interior held it back, this time around Skoda has built a car with more all-round appeal than the SEAT Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo. With new driver assistance tech and an increase in interior and boot space, the Fabia is our grown-up supermini of choice – it’s cheap to buy and run, easy to drive and practical for everyday life.

Does that make it the new top dog in the small car market? Subjectively, yes – it’s the perfect car for those that have traded down from a larger car. But it falls behind the Clio’s blend of style, quality and value.

Things we like

Simple engine range, spacious cabin and boot, lots of new driver assistance gadgets.

Things we don’t like

Slightly firmer ride, reflective inserts on dashboard.

Further reading:

Best small cars 2022

Best cars for young drivers