The Skoda Fabia faces some stiff competition from newer subcompact hatchbacks like the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa, Peugeot 208 and Ford Fiesta, as well as its “cousins”, the Volkswagen Polo and Seat Ibiza.
Mind you, it’s getting on a bit, as the third-gen has been around since 2014. But it was revamped last year, in an attempt to stay competitive, getting a new face and some tech updates, including the latest infotainment system and safety gear like automatic high-beams, blind-spot detection and rear traffic alert.
The engine lineup has went through some changes of its own. There are no diesels anymore, so you will have to make do with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol in four different outputs. The naturally aspirated variants get 60 and 75 PS (59-74 hp / 44-55 kW), and the turbocharged units offer 95 and 110 PS (94-108 hp / 70-81 kW). The mills can be matched to a five-speed manual or an optional DSG, with the latter available in upper specs only.
Five trim levels are available in the UK, priced between £12,255 and £17,185 ($15,513/€13,702-$21,754/€19,214), with the most expensive being the Monte Carlo that’s got a number of visual enhancements over the rest.
There is a big but when it comes to the range-topper, as the one driven by CarBuyer in their video review cost about £19,000 ($24,052/€21,243), whereas the Fiesta ST has a local MSRP of £20,700 ($26,204/€23,144). But let’s see if the price is justified, and find out what are the strong and weak points of the revised Fabia.