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Skoda Fabia 1.2 S

Did you pinch my wallet? No! Then it must have been the Skoda Fabia 1.2 S.

By Stephen Turvil
Jul 05, 2011
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Did you pinch my wallet? No! Then it must have been the Skoda Fabia 1.2 S. This five-door supermini likes to save a few quid as it is the cheapest car in Skoda's fleet. As such this £9,760 run-around has an economical 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. This 60PS unit averages a creditable 49.6mpg and manages up to 60.1mpg on the extra-urban cycle. Emissions are 132g/km, so twelve months road tax only costs £115. Very nice too.

The Skoda Fabia 1.2 S is clearly not in a rush to spend money – or perhaps to even arrive anywhere. The 'race' to 62mph takes a life changing 16.5 seconds, by which point my missing wallet might have become a rare antique. Top speed is 96mph which – in modern car terms – is slower than the local constabulary responding to a financial crisis. Yes, losing my credit card is a 'crisis' - now for crying-out-loud find that sticky-fingered Fabia.

The Skoda Fabia 1.2 S' frugality extends to its specification. Standard features include: power steering, central locking, twin air-bags, and a CD player. Not much more, but we are evaluating a low value car. Options include an alarm for £285 – which does a good job of preventing me accessing the 300-litre boot to retrieve my cash. Folding the rear seats increases 'swag' space to 1,163-litres. Metallic paint costs £440 and air-conditioning £550.

What we have then is a practical, robust, and affordable town car. Okay, it is slow and some more expensive versions have better fuel efficiency and more toys - but the Fabia 1.2 S is a sensible choice for those on a budget. Just keep an eye on your chequebook.

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By Stephen Turvil
Jul 05, 2011