What is it?
This might just be the pick of the new Skoda Fabia model range.
You see, while the facelifted Fabia hatch ticked all the right boxes so far as comfort and refinement were concerned when we first drove it in the Czech Republic a few months back, we found that the old Fabia's unique selling point - that of offering superior levels of practicality compared to its rivals - didn’t necessarily apply anymore. Both the Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo offer larger boots, are more engaging to drive and, as far as price is concerned, don’t cost a huge amount more, either.
Now, though, we’ve experienced the updated 2018 Fabia on UK roads, and this time around it’s the vastly more practical Fabia estate that’s being put under the microscope.
As with the hatch, the Fabia estate is available with a range of 1.0-litre three-cylinder MPI and TSI power plants, with outputs ranging from 74bhp to 109bhp. Suspension, meanwhile, is by way of MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam at the rear. Our £17,750 SE L-specification test car made use of the most powerful motor, which was paired with a six-speed manual gearbox.