What is it?
This 1.0-litre petrol engine isn't quite the cheapest way into the new Skoda Fabia, but it's not far off. The three-cylinder engine is identical to the higher-powered version that features in the smaller Citigo and is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.
Even though the Fabia is larger than the Citigo, the engine is unchanged and only produces 74bhp and 70lb ft.
It is also comes with fuel-saving technology such as stop-start, which means this car is 7.5mpg and 20g/km more efficient and cleaner respectively than the equivalent 68bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine found in the outgoing Fabia.
What's it like?
The Fabia is only available as a five-door hatchback, so it is inevitable that it weighs more than the much smaller Citigo - 220kg more, to be precise. This has an inevitable impact on how well the small 1.0-litre unit deals with hauling the car around.
The acceleration through the gears takes a hit, with 0-62mph taking 14.7sec. This is only 0.8sec slower than the Citigo on paper, but attempt a quick overtake on a faster road or load the car up with adult passengers and the Fabia begins to struggle. It's not that it can't cope with passing slower-moving vehicles, but it does require a fair dose of revs and regular use of the gearlever. The gears themselves are widely spaced, too, so while you'll find yourself dropping from fourth to third on steeper hills, you will never be wanting for a sixth gear on the motorway.
However, long motorway journeys aren't really the main point of this version of the Fabia. Instead, it is much happier around town. It's a quiet and smooth engine that allows for easy nipping from junction to junction. Stick in the lower gears at town speeds and the Fabia's light but precise gearshift allows for unfussed urban progress.
The Fabia's real forte, though, is the rest of the package. This is a practical little hatchback with some really clever touches that set it apart from other cars in its class. It has a generous 330-litre boot, which is 40 litres larger than a Ford Fiesta's and 50 litres more than the Volkswagen Polo's. There's also slightly more shoulder room than in the previous Fabia, along with generous headroom that means even the tallest adults can get comfortable in the back.