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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Skoda Fabia vRS (10-14) review.

Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
Skoda Fabia vRS (03-07) - rated 4.5 out of 5
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PROS

Addictive performance; impressive fuel economy

CONS

Styling is too subtle for most hot hatch buyers

At a glance

New price £12,383 - £13,010
Used price £680 - £2,315
Fuel economy 53 - 53 mpg
Road tax cost £145 - £160
Insurance group 18 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Addictive performance; impressive fuel economy

CONS

Styling is too subtle for most hot hatch buyers

Skoda Fabia vRS rivals

Peugeot
206
3 out of 5 3.0

Skoda has been doing pretty well under VW's wing, launching an increasingly impressive model line-up that now challenges its parent company in terms of performance and refinement. This is their first stab at a hot hatch - the diesel-powered Fabia vRS. Under the bonnet is a 1.9 TDI engine with a 130bhp. It's a different proposition to the traditional hot hatch and buyers looking for an instant buzz might be disappointed; the talents of the Fabia vRS are more subtle and take a little time to appreciate.

But if that doesn't impress you, just remember you'll be getting double the fuel economy of a Focus RS.

Skoda Fabia vRS rivals

Peugeot
206
3 out of 5 3.0

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