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Skoda Fabia Estate (2008-2014) review

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Key features
  • Small estate
  • Used only
  • Petrol/Diesel/Mild hybrid
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The estate version of the Skoda Fabia small car was launched in 2008. One of very few compact estate cars available, the Fabia offers good value. Being based on the Volkswagen Polo platform means it has an excellent engineering pedigree. Should you consider buying the Skoda Fabia Estate? Find out in our full road test review.

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  • Skoda comes close to getting full marks for reliability among its young cars, but as its vehicles age, their dependability becomes more average.As you’d expect of a brand-new car, the first three years out of the factory gates are a relatively stress-free time. Four out of five owners we heard from with a Skoda that falls in this age group were completely unaffected by faults. There are no faults we would consider common, and the breakdown rate of 1.8% is reassuringly low (the average for cars this old is 3.3%).Some brands have an even lower fault rate, but Skoda’s resilience to things going wrong is still good enough to net the brand a decent four stars out of five for 0-3-year reliability.But after three years, when the standard warranty has elapsed, the issues start to pile up.Among Skoda owners whose car has clocked up three to eight years on the odometer, a third of them had to get something rectified by a professional mechanic in the year prior to our survey.That’s a shade under the average fault rate for 3-8-year-old cars (36%). The breakdown rate of 3.4% is also better than the average of 4.6%.No singular issue has proven to be a thorn in the collective Skoda ownership’s side, but the most frequently reported type of issue stems from non-engine electrics. This includes batteries conking out, which is standard wear and tear for cars this old, plus other issues such as problems with the central locking, which stopped a number of owners from being able to drive their cars.While figures for older cars are generally a sniff better than average, they’re not so far from the benchmark that the brand warrants more than a three-out-of-five star rating for 3-8-year reliability.It’s not the best result, but it does mean that Skoda cars are generally a bit more dependable than all other brands from the VW Group that we’ve been able to rate (Audi, Porsche, Seat and VW).How comfortable and spacious is it?
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