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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

From behind the wheel, the Fabia vRS will be familiar to current VW, Audi and SEAT buyers - although the showy detail has been removed. The no-nonsense approach is retained for the layout: all the switches and buttons are exactly where they should be. The speedo is a bit of an anomaly - it counts every ten mph to 90mph, then suddenly jumps to 110 mph, then 130mph as the next increments.

The seats are very supportive even under vigorous cornering conditions. The contrasting light and dark fabric looks very attractive but also shows up dirt and other marks. Steering wheel is adjustable for reach and rake.

Sound levels are suppressed on the whole, but there are some crashes over large potholes. It's roomy enough in the back for two adults and the front passenger should be happy with head and legroom, too. Interior is simple and uses attractive, high quality, materials.