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As good as a Fabia gets - which is good enough for some - but not worthy of the name 'Sport'

Our Verdict

Skoda Fabia 2007-2014

Is the Skoda Fabia good enough to challenge for top slot in a sector packed with talented competition?

Matt Prior
13 March 2009

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.

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16 March 2009

I find no reason to actually buy this ! Nevertheless, I think Skoda's marketing tactics brilliant nowadays!!!! Oh really, how many people do know that the FabiaII is built on the same old FabiaI's 10 YEARS OLD platform (PQ24) ? The same old platform and technology used in the previous Polo , which was widely known for reliability issues ! Thus I am pretty sure it is as good as the other Fabias... Cabin materials not that 'classy' you say... Would that sound to my ears like lack of expected quality (compared, at least, lets say to the FabiaI's cabin)? Design? Oh no thanks! Its ...'sportiness' ? Well it has got lowered suspension and a confortable ride! The price ? Not that bad for the 'range-topper' sportier Fabia: £13,040 . BRAVO SKODA' s MARKETING EXECS , that would be only YOU who could top sales charts with this car!

16 March 2009

A decent car for sure but when is VW going to pension off this old engine and give Skoda (and Seat) the engines they deserve?

16 March 2009

[quote Lee23404]A decent car[/quote] I wouldn't call an overpriced - in my opinion - car like this Skoda using a 10 years' old platform and mechanicals and having lower quality standards when compared to the FabiaI a bargain or even a decent car. Well at least the current Ibiza is using the next generation Polo platform (the one that made its debut in Geneva) combined with the old engines... On the other hand Seat has the Exeo, VW is reusing the Golf V to make the VI, so it seems logical that every VAG group brand should have a outdated product in its range...

16 March 2009

[quote militant]I wouldn't call an overpriced - in my opinion - car like this Skoda using a 10 years' old platform and mechanicals and having lower quality standards when compared to the FabiaI a bargain or even a decent car.[/quote]

The chassis betters most in the class so even if it is 10 years old, so what? The Ibiza, even with the latest chassis doesn't seem to offer any particular advantage over the Fabia. I never said it was a bargain (Skoda are no longer a budget brand) nut I maintain that it is a decent car. Nothing you have said has changed my opinion.

16 March 2009

Low quality standards used for the dashboard materials, ugly interior, outdated chassis&engines and unreliable mechanicals with no sporty spirit in it seems to be the magical recipe for this overpriced Fabia sport under the 'no more budget brand' Skoda badge. PS: This is my opinion if you would allow me to have one, dear Mr Lee... Perhaps you should only realize that not every person in the world needs to change YOURS . I am only responding since I thought this is a forum with well known rules such as the right to reply over a comment. It only seems you are anxious for some reason in your way to defend your pro-Skoda comment...

16 March 2009

[quote militant]This is my opinion if you would allow me to have one, dear Mr Lee... Perhaps you should only realize that not every person in the world needs to change YOURS . I am only responding since I thought this is a forum with well known rules such as the right to reply over a comment. It only seems you are anxious for some reason in your way to defend your pro-Skoda comment...[/quote]

WTF?

PMT?

16 March 2009

[quote Lee23404]

WTF?

PMT?

[/quote]

LOL

I am just using a home IP address not a corporate one . What about you?...

16 March 2009

[quote militant]

LOL

I am just using a home IP address not a corporate one . What about you?...

[/quote]

If you are suggesting that I work for Skoda, I don't. In fact I've never owned one but I've driven some and believe they are on the whole decent cars - just my opinion.

16 March 2009

...[quote militant]and unreliable mechanicals[/quote]

Can you help me? I'm trying to think of that car company that regularly appears in the top 5 of the JD power survey year after year.

Ooh what are they called its on the tip of my tongue..err... soda?...skoma?? Sh1t, I can't remember !!

Think they build their cars in the Czech Repuplic.

Answers on a postcard to...

16 March 2009

Postcard

[quote LateKnight]Can you help me? I'm trying to think of that car company that regularly appears in the top 5 of the JD power survey year after year.[/quote]

Hahahaa... Yes I do!

Take a better look at their parts' code numbers ( please do mind using the http://www.vagcat.com/ if you like or even try asking for them at our local dealers ) and you should realize they are allover the same with the Polo's (or Ibiza's) parts.

I hope you are aware of some issues concerning Polo's reliability, aren't you?

I don't give a penny why the JD power survey shows "soda?...skoma??" year after year in the top 5, I only know facts which cannot be subjective.

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