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Skoda Fabia vRS running costs and reliability

2003 - 2007 (change model)
Running costs rating: 4.5 out of 54.5

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.
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Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 53 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.
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On the whole this is a financially sensible purchase – despite the vRS’s hot hatch aspirations. Service intervals are good, MPG is outstanding (55mpg) and insurance is competitive (group 9). Even depreciation is relatively gentle.

Fabia is very eco-friendly and easy on the environment. With an average of 140 g/km CO2 across the range, its emissions are comparably low for a super mini hatchback. However, it’s worth noting that the line up has a high number of diesel models, bringing the average down and giving buyers more choices of low-emission versions. Diesels typically produce less CO2 than petrol engines with similar power outputs.

Eco-conscious buyers should consider the 1.9-litre diesel, which is one of the greenest models in the range. The range is very frugal, averaging 53 mpg.

Although the early Fabia hatchbacks (non vRS) had a few teething troubles, we’ve heard of no problems with this version. Appears to be solidly built.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax £180 - £200
Insurance group 18
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