17 January, 2017
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What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2017

Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI 90 SE

 Best Small Car


What they are looking for...

  • Should be affordable and cheap to run, yet offer decent equipment.
  • Be able to cope with a variety of roles, from the school run to long motorway trips.
  • Buyers downsizing into a smaller car will expect a certain level of comfort and refinement.
  • Just because these cars aren’t the most expensive around doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the latest safety kit.


What they say…

“A previous What Car? Car of the Year, the spacious and refined Fabia is arguably all the car you’ll ever need.”

Over the past 12 months, we’ve seen plenty of new small cars come and go, but the Fabia still sits at the top of the pile.

Other rivals might be sharper to drive, cheaper to buy or look more stylish, but none of them blend everything in quite such an accomplished way.

The Fabia not only feels agile and easy to drive in town, but is also more comfortable and refined at motorway speeds than many larger cars.

The Fabia’s solidly built interior and impressive array of safety kit just set it further apart from rivals. Throw in its interior features and outstanding practicality, and it’s a clear winner.

THE SKODA FABIA is a firm favourite here at What Car?. Having won our overall car of the year crown in 2015, and our small car category last year, it has proven a fantastic all-rounder.

It’s a little bigger than some of its competitors and this, along with its boxy shape and high roof, contribute towards one of the roomiest interiors in this class. Four adults shouldn’t find it hard to get comfy and the boot is bigger even than those of some cars from the class above.

Even if you load the Fabia to the gunwales, its 1.2-litre turbo engine is more than up to the task. 
With four cylinders, it’s smoother than many rivals’ three-cylinder units, settling into a muted cruise and hardly vibrating the controls at all.

That, along with a comfortable ride, means the Fabia feels like a much larger car than it really is at motorway speeds, yet it’s still fun enough to drive down a twisty country road.

Of the many trim levels, SE offers the best value for money. Standard kit includes alloys, air-con, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth and a user-friendly touchscreen. The Fabia really is one of the most complete packages around