2020 Skoda Fabia Estate review

we’re big fans of the Skoda Fabia hatchback in fact it was our car of the year back in 2014 so this stretched version the far be era state is already starting off on good

footing it’s a car with few rivals the closest being the Ford Focus voxel Astra or the Duchy Logan MCV still though this Skoda needs to prove itself to be practical and spacious family transport

in this review will tell you what it’s like to drive how comfortable it is how much luggage you can put into it and ultimately which version you should buy and if at the end of this review you’re

swayed into buying a Skoda Fabia estate then go to a new car deals section where we can help save you thousands but first of all let’s see what this little car is like on the road there’s six engines to

choose from in the far B era of state but our favorite is the mid-range which is fitted to this car it’s a one-litre three-cylinder and it has 94 brake horsepower it might sound like a small

engine but it has enough pulling power to get you up to speed fairly easily even with a full boot and it’s really efficient

if you’re looking for more power there’s a 109 brake horsepower version of that 1 litre turbocharged engine and it’s only slightly less efficient and at the other end of the scale there is a 74 brake

horsepower non turbocharged engine but when you get onto roads like this it really does lack the muscle to keep up with the other cars if you’re doing enough miles to justify a diesel there’s

three versions of a 1.4 liter to choose from we recommend the 104 brake horsepower because it has enough pulling power and is very efficient

the farby air state is surprisingly good to drive with light and precise steering and nimble handling and ride quality is decent enough on all but the most uneven

surfaces while the interior is well soundproofed regardless of whether you’re driving around town or you’re traveling at motorway speeds you don’t really have road noise coming in but

what does find its way in is engine noise especially if you go for a petrol there’s plenty of room up front in the skoda fabia estate and enough adjustment

in the seats and steering wheel so that you can get comfortable and although the interior is not as premium equality as the audi a1 or Volkswagen Polo all the

switches do feel quite chunky and robust it’s just this hard scratchy plastic here which is quite unforgiving to the touch we’d recommend going for the SE

model because you get this 6.5 inch touch screen instead of the smaller 5 inch touch screen that you get on the entry-level s model the good news is that Skoda has

borrowed the latest infotainment system from its sister brand Volkswagen which means all versions from se upwards come with a slick smart link class system

with apple carplay and android auto connectivity which lets you use your smartphone via the car’s touchscreen as a result you can do without the optional sat-nav

and use your phone system instead this is where the Fabia estate comes into its own this large bottle of water fits in the door bin very easily

and it might fit in the glove box let’s find out it is quite a decent sized glove box and yes the water bottle fits in there somewhere

for a healthy snack another healthy snack and then I’ve got two cupholders down there and my phone is currently plugged into apple carplay let’s see

what the backs like here there is enough space to fit three adults side-by-side but really you don’t want to do that for short journeys because with someone in

the middle seat as well it is going to be a bit squishy now if you are traveling five up quite frequently it’s worth spending the extra to get a middle

headrest because it’s a small price to pay for some whiplash protection boot space is really impressive you get 530 litres with the seats up and with the

seats down you get a whopping one thousand of 395 litres which is really great news if you like going to Ikea Plus this and really handy storage

spaces there’s one here one here one up here and a 12-volt power supply just in case you want to charge something in the boot or something like that we would

however recommend that you go for the variable boot floor because then when you put the seats down you don’t get that really irritating step if you’re

looking for a small practical car and you’re not too fussed about a premium badge you can’t really go wrong with the farby err estate and with emissions

being so low that’s great news for company car drivers and in our latest reliability survey that Barbier shows itself to be a pretty reliable workhorse

we’d choose the 1 liter TSI 995 engine and team it with se specification while entry-level s cars might look tempting because of their low price they miss out

on much of the equipment that would be considered normal these days se models they include alloy wheels air conditioning and rear parking sensors

you even get a handy umbrella underneath the front passenger seat one thing to think about though is do you actually knees the estate version because the

regular Fabia hatchback is just as good to drive cost significantly less and has more boot and passenger space than most hatchbacks if you do decide to buy a Skoda Fabia

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