2019 Skoda Fabia Is Decent But Can’t Hide Its True Age

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.

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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.


  • Matteo Tommasi

    Yeah, let’s NOT sell the 18km/l diesel, and keep the 12km/l petrol. GREAT idea.

  • Six_Tymes

    that car is not aging well. for one, the head lights look disjointed, as if they were a grafted on as an after thought. come out with a new one soon, or dump that model altogether. it makes the Skoda brand look bad.

  • Giannis Antypas

    It is unjust for the Polo and the Ibiza to call them ‘cousins’ to the Fabia, these two cars ride on MQB A0 platform whilst the Fabia does not.

    People would think of the modern Polo and the Ibiza, and assume wrongfully they are technically realated to the Fabia, something that doesn’t make the case.

    You could call the Fabia ‘cousin’ to the some past generations of the Polo and the Ibiza.

  • Bash

    This car is sad.

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