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What is it?
This is the Skoda Fabia Sport. Which means the Fabia’s suspension has been lowered by 15mm, so it looks a bit sportier.
Otherwise it’s unchanged from the existing Fabia Sport, which is actually a range-topper rather than something with any serious sporting pretence (it can even be had with a 1.2-litre 69bhp engine). Fog lights, a body kit and 16in alloy wheels mark it out as the Sport.
What’s it like?
The Skoda Fabia Sport is as good as other Fabias. It’s a spacious supermini with a fine driving position, sufficient room in the back and a decent boot. Cabin materials aren’t as classy as those offered by a Corsa or Fiesta, which could be a problem were it not for the Fabia’s comprehensive list of standard equipment.
It’s comfortable rather than sporty to drive, too. There’s a bit of old-school French hatchback to the way it rolls and its ride is mostly smooth, though the big alloys detract from its low-speed compliance. The Fabia Sport corners without the vigour of a Fiesta, but with more verve than a cooking Renault Clio or Vauxhall Corsa.
Should I buy one?
Maybe, so long as you don’t take the Sport tag literally; the Skoda Fabia Sport is as sporty as a wooden leg. But it looks good and is broadly competitive.