The latest Skoda Fabia 1.2 is offered with two 1.2-litre petrol engines. There is a 60bhp 6-valve unit or a 70bhp 12-valve engine that is probably the preferred option. It will achieve 60mph in 14.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 102mph. The 1.2-litre 16v model manages to return a figure in the region of 48mpg on the combined cycle which is something many small diesels would be proud of. Standard equipment on the Skoda Fabia includes central locking driver passenger and side airbags, electric front windows plus CD player. Prices start at just £6450 with scrappage incentives.
There is also a £3500 scrappage discount on the Skoda Octavia 1.6 TDI CR. The Skoda Octavia is one of the biggest small family cars available, six foot adults can comfortably sit in the rear and the boot is extremely spacious. All materials also have a high quality and solid feel, and the interior shames many more expensive models for its fit and finish. The Skoda Octavia scores highly for comfort and it handles well too, it is built on the same platform as the VW Golf, which helps to account for the fine balance between crisp handling and a comfy ride.