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Skoda Fabia Estate Review

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      Launch year
      2015
      Body type
      Estate
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
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Simple, practical and very good

Best bits

  • Vast boot space
  • Top drawer quality
  • Refined driving manners

Not so great

  • Short on driving excitement
  • Limited engine choice
  • Sparse kit on base model

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Skoda Fabia Estate Front Side View

Overall verdict

Skoda Fabia Estate Front Interior

On the inside

Skoda Fabia Estate Front Side View

Driving

Skoda Fabia Estate Side Rear View

How much does it cost to run

Skoda Fabia Estate Bootspace

Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"Out of all the cars in the Skoda range, it’s the Fabia Estate that embodies all the values that have taken this Czech company right to the top of many buyers’ shopping lists the most. A lot of it has to do with the way the Fabia sidesteps all of the one-up-manship that can afflict decisions when picking a car. Instead, the Fabia marks you out as an independent thinker."

Skoda Fabia Estate Front Side View

On top of this, the Fabia Estate does practicality like no other in it's, admittedly niche, sector of small hatch-based estates. Lift up the tailgate and you’re presented with a huge boot of 530-litres with the rear seats still upright and in use. That’s getting on for executive estate dimensions. Tumble them down and the Fabia has 1395-litres to play with.


As well as all this space, Skoda makes it easy to use thanks to a low loading sill height and boot sides that are free from interruptions that might snag a bigger bit of cargo as it’s slid into or out of the car. The optional variable height floor is well worth ticking on the options list as it means the base of the luggage bay is all at one level, again making it less hassle to fit in bulkier items with the rear seats tipped forward.


Throughout the rest of the Fabia Estate, there are all the little touches that make the Skoda such an appealing prospect for anyone who has to live with a car day in, day out. Details such as the large bottle holders in the door pockets and centre console, and even the ice scraper hidden in the fuel filler flap that’s a trademark of the company. It all adds up to a car that fits into your life without asking anything in return


The Fabia Estate won’t ask much of your finances either thanks to a range of petrol engines that are frugal. They come with a choice of 1.0-litre engines in models from the 2018 facelift forward, or you could have a diesel motor by choosing a used version from when this Fabia Estate was launched in 2015.


Whichever engine takes your fancy, the Fabia wagon is very comfortable and glosses it's way over bump-battered roads with calm efficiency. Granted, you won’t feel entertained at the steering wheel of a Fabia in the way you would with a Ford Fiesta, but the Skoda has chosen comfort and quiet over an overtly sportier feel. Still, it deals with twists, turns, motorways and towns with the same relaxed air of competence.


Such an unpretentious approach doesn’t mean you have to wear a hair shirt when driving the Fabia Estate. Base versions are quite Spartan in the amount of equipment they come with, but it’s easy to choose a higher grade version and enjoy all of the luxuries you could want in a small estate while also lugging large amounts of cargo.


If you're looking for the hatchback version, you need our Skoda Fabia (2015-) review.


Is the Skoda Fabia Estate right for you?

For anyone keen on plastering a smile across your chops at the mere prospect of a gnarly country road, the Skoda Fabia Estate is not going to be your go-to car. While a Ford Fiesta or Renault Clio will deliver the thrills, the Skoda just gets on with delivering the goods thanks to it's huge load area.


This is where the Fabia Estate excels and why you will buy it. Whether you need to carry the family dog in palatial comfort, pack all the kids’ holiday gear or just cart about plenty of stuff, this Skoda has you sorted.


It’s also very good at covering long distances thanks to good refinement and comfort, though we’d steer clear of the least powerful engines to make the drive easier on your ears. Seat comfort is another plus point, and even if the cabin materials look a bit plain they are hard wearing.


What’s the best Skoda Fabia Estatemodel/engine to choose?

As a wagon that many will cover big mileages in, including company drivers, the diesel-engined Skoda Fabia Estate made a lot of sense when it was available. Used buyers may well take this route, but for new car customers it’s a decision between the two 1.0-litre petrol engines available.


Wisely, Skoda does not offer the 60PS 1.0 MPI non-turbo engine in the Estate as it would just be too sluggish when the Fabia wagon was loaded up. That leaves you to choose from either the 95- or 110PS 1.0 TSI turbo engines. Our preference is the more powerful, brisker unit as it gives you more in reserve when driving on the motorway.


There’s a range of five trims to select from when buying a new Fabia Estate. We’d skip the S as it’s missing some kit we reckon is essential nowadays and head for the SE that has air conditioning, rear parking sensors and roof rails. Or, if you want something plusher, the SE L has climate control, keyless ignition, and sat-nav with it's 6.5-inch infotainment screen.


What other cars are similar to the Skoda Fabia Estate?

The only contender to the Skoda Fabia Estate in the small wagon sector is the Dacia Logan MCV. With engines and running gear lifted from Renault, the Logan MCV is decent to drive but nowhere near as refined as the Skoda and not as refined on longer trips.


Where the Dacia does have the upper hand is it's very low list price and the even bigger load space it provides next to the Skoda. With 573 litres of boot capacity, the Logan MCV is a car for those who really need to pack in the bags.


For other alternatives, you’ll need to look to the used market for the likes of the SEAT Ibiza ST that is practical but not as roomy as the Skoda. Others include Skoda's own Rapid Spaceback.


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Skoda Fabia Estate Front Interior

On the inside

Skoda Fabia Estate Front Side View

Driving

Skoda Fabia Estate Side Rear View

How much does it cost to run

Skoda Fabia Estate Bootspace

Prices, versions and specification

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

What is the size of the boot in the Skoda Fabia?

The standard hatchback can carry 330-litres of luggage with the seats up, which is a little above average for the class. If you want more carrying capacity, the estate can fit 958-litres.

Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

What happened to the Skoda Fabia diesel?

Changing regulations made it unviable, Before September 2018, you could buy the Fabia with a 1.4-litre TDI diesel. It was capable of returning 70mpg too, so if you want a really frugal and efficient small car, find a used one.

Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

Is the Skoda Fabia a good car?

Although it’s not as modern inside as some of its key rivals, the Fabia is a practical small car that does most things well, and will leave you with few complaints, but it’s not class-leading.

Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

Does the Skoda Fabia use a Volkswagen engine?

The simple answer is yes. The Fabia benefits from being a part of the Volkswagen group, so it shares its petrol engines, and other technology with both the Volkswagen Polo and SEAT Ibiza.

Dan Powell

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Dan Powell

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