2010 Skoda Fabia Cool Edition 1.6 TDi turbo diesel


An adorable, fun car which I was sad to sell


Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

It took me a while to warm up to the Fabia, but a road trip halfway across Germany broke the ice. It was fun, with enough power to get along, good enough chassis to be "chuckable", and quite a lot of personality for a mass-produced box.

The interior was basic, but adequate; with enough space for 4 adults or (just) able to fit 3 child booster seats (up to 2 with backs and headrests, plus a small booster) across the rear seats.

The furthest I drove it in one go was 900km, and it coped just fine with the motorway, although having cruise control would have made things less tiring. Allowing for the speedo not being entirely accurate at high speed, it was able to achieve the official top speed of 175km/h on the autobahn too. I only sold it because I got a great offer to part exchange it...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st September, 2016

2001 Skoda Fabia Classic 1.4 MPI


Definitely the better Volkswagen! It's cheaper than the original and offers the better value


The radiator's washer broke at about 20,000 km which almost lead to a total desaster because the engine was running out of cooling liquid and the mechanics didn't find the flaw.

General Comments:

On the one hand, the car is really cute and trusty.

On the other hand the maintenance exceeds all limits!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th October, 2002