The 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. Where the 60bhp unit struggles when the car is loaded, the 70bhp has enough about it to carry the day. 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.
The latest Skoda Fabia 1.2 is notably bigger, Skoda claim more rear knee and headroom than any rival, helped by the fact that the Skoda Fabia 1.2 is 22mm longer and 47mm taller than the model it replaces. Boot capacity stands at an impressive 300 litres with the seats in place or a massive 1,163 litres when they’re folded. For the Estate version, the figures are 480 litres and 1460 litres.
Equipment levels were never the Fabia’s strong point, Skoda relying instead on solid no-nonsense build quality. The Skoda Fabia 1.2 now has items like electronically-controlled Climatronic air-conditioning and an MP3/iPod-compatible stereo. Prices start at £8,625-£11,325 on the road.