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Our Verdict

Skoda Fabia 2007-2014

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

15 March 2005
Skoda Fabia Sport

If you were to sum up the Skoda Fabia in one word, it would probably be ‘sensible’. The Fabia offers a combination of decent build quality, practicality and reasonable prices.

But now there’s the Fabia Sport which, with a standard 75bhp/93lb ft 1.4-litre petrol engine, no chassis tweaks and trim modifications as difficult to spot as a stealth bomber on a radar screen, is less sensible and more senseless.

It’s no fireball: rev the engine to the raucous 5000rpm power peak and you can get from 0-62mph in a yawning 13.2sec. At least the five-speed gearbox is pleasantly snappy and the steering accurate, and grip from the 195/50 Bridgestone Turanza tyres is better than the sloppy body control might have you believe. Still, it’s about as sporting as watching darts.

Outside the Sport is near indistinguishable from a standard Fabia: you get a spoiler, a chrome exhaust and a Sport badge on the boot, five-spoke 15in alloys and front fog lights. Inside are sports seats and a steering wheel, gearlever and handbrake wrapped in leather. Curiously there’s no central locking and no electric windows, but you do get air-conditioning and not only a CD tuner, but also a six-CD changer (without rear speakers).

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With group four insurance, 43.5mpg, a list price of £9760 and more kit than the £9930 Classic model, at least the Sport makes sense financially. In calling it the Sport, however, Skoda has created expectations the car can’t meet. Still, it sounds more tempting than a Fabia Sensible.

Rory Lumsdon

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