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2018 (68) ŠKODA FABIA 1.0 MPI 75 Colour Edition 5dr

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Cruise control + speed limiterExterior temperature gauge
Front assistant collision mitigationMulti function trip computer
PASService interval indicator
SmartLink plus 

Entertainment

Auxiliary socket for external MP3 playerBolero Radio
DAB Digital radioRadio swing with 6.5" touchscreen display, Bluetooth, SD card slot, USB port and 6 speakers

Exterior Features

Body colour bumpersBody colour door mirrors and handles
Chrome grille surroundComing/leaving home lighting function
Electric front windowsElectrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Heated rear windowHeight adjustable headlamps
Intermittent rear wash/wipeLED daytime running lights
Rear fog lightsTinted rear windows
Tinted windscreen 

Interior Features

1.5L bottle holder in front door panels2 height adjustable rear headrests
60/40 split folding rear seatBoot stowage box
Cargo area storage trayCloth upholstery
Folding grab handlesFront and rear interior lights
Front reading lightsHeight adjustable driver's seat
Height adjustable front headrestsHeight adjustable passenger seat
Height/reach adjust steering wheelIsofix child seat mounting points on outer rear seats
Leather handbrake and gearshift leverLower glovebox cover
Luggage hooks in the bootMultifunction leather steering wheel
Parcel shelfPearl grey headlining
Pollen filterRear courtesy light
Rear storage traysSunvisors with vanity mirrors
Ticket holderUmbrella under front passenger seat

Passive Safety

3x3 point rear seatbeltsABS + MSR
Curtain and side airbagsDriver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
EDSESC with ASR
Front and rear passenger seatbelt warning lightFront seatbelt pretensioners
HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)Tyre pressure monitor

Security

ImmobiliserLocking wheel bolts
Remote central locking with SAFE function and alarm with interior monitoring
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)111NOx0.014
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC999Compression Ratio10.5:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders3
Cylinders - Bore (mm)74.5Cylinders - Stroke (mm)76.4
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryMULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears5 SPEEDNumber of Valves12
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)57.7EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)65.7EC Urban (mpg)47.1

General

Badge Engine CC1.0Badge Power75
Based On ID85709Coin DescriptionMPI 75
Coin SeriesColour EditionGeneration Mark3
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 073EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3Special EditionTrue
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)14.9Engine Power - BHP75
Engine Power - KW55Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM6200Engine Torque - LBS.FT70
Engine Torque - MKG9.7Engine Torque - NM95
Engine Torque - RPM3000Top Speed104

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleNEDC Correlated 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front215/45 R16
Tyre Size Rear215/45 R16Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleVIGOWheel Type16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1467Length3997
Wheelbase2470Width1732
Width (including mirrors)1958 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)45Gross Vehicle Weight1541
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1150Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)330
Max. Loading Weight530Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1000Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked540
Minimum Kerbweight1011No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb9.8
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Skoda Fabia [NJ]

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

In 2018, Skoda improved its MK3 'NJ'-series Fabia supermini as part of its efforts to keep up with front-running designs in the supermini segment. There were smarter looks and sharp pricing, plus this Czech contender gave nothing away to its rivals in terms of safety and media connectivity. How does this later MK3 Fabia stack up as a used buy?

History

It may no longer actively campaign as a budget buy, but Skoda's Fabia has always been the thinking person's value-focused supermini. By 2018, around 4.2 million examples of this model had been sold since its original launch at the turn of the century and it's always aimed to give its customers more for their money - as did the third generation 'NJ'-series version in the much improved form we're going to look at here. The Fabia was the car that brought credibility to Skoda. This model's Favorit '90's predecessor had been the first design the brand had produced under Volkswagen Group ownership, but it was the first '6Y'-series MK1 Fabia that showed us just what this could mean. It redefined just how large a supermini could be, with a spacious interior pretty much as big inside as some older family hatchbacks from the next class up. Every small car maker had to match it and superminis quickly became so big that the market rather hurriedly created a smaller Citycar segment below them. The Fabia had proved to be a very significant car. The second generation '5J'-series design of 2007 added a bit of extra style to the Fabia recipe and even spawned a successful World Rally Car. And the original version of the car we're testing here, the 'NJ'-series third generation model of 2014, re-emphasised the traditional Fabia value proposition. Like its predecessors, it was available from the start in both hatch and estate forms. And also like its predecessors, it claimed to be one of the most spacious superminis in the segment - and was at launch. By 2018 though, this model had been somewhat overtaken in that regard by several class rivals, amongst them all-new versions of its Volkswagen Group cousins, the Volkswagen Polo and the SEAT Ibiza, both of which used a much newer MQB-A0 platform that this generation Fabia couldn't have. So what could it offer to deal not only with tougher segment competition but also a fresh wave of supermini-based SUVs like Skoda's own Scala model? The mid-term facelift package we're going to analyse here tried to answer that question. The strong value proposition we've already alluded to looked even better when you took account of this car's much improved standard equipment levels, which by 2018 included 'Front Assist' autonomous braking and a smart 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen across the range, along with a useful package of Skoda's famous 'Simply Clever' features that added day-to-day usability. There was also smarter styling and efficiency improvements across an engine line-up that by 2018 was exclusively devoted to 1.0-litre three cylinder petrol power. In this form, the MK3 'NJ'-series Fabia sold until 2021, when it was replaced by a fourth generation design.

What You Get

In its original form, this third generation 'NJ'-series Fabia aimed to usher in a fresh era in Skoda design. It's a look that in 2018 was smartly updated by Karl Neuhold, the brand's then Head of Design, for this facelifted model. As part of that facelift, the smarter front end was distinguished by a crisply-contoured bonnet that flowed down into a wider grille with vertical slats framed either in chrome or black. It's flanked by headlamps that featured more intricate detailing - apparently a visual tribute to the Czech Republic's cut crystal glass heritage. These lights could be ordered with optional full-LED beams and LED daytime running lights were by now standard fit across the range. Inside up front, this improved MK3 Fabia gained brush-effect dashboard trim and contrast stitching on the door armrests; the straightforward models got better quality seat fabrics; buyers could specify a centre front armrest; and top variants got illumination for the centre console compartment so that owners could more easily find things like house keys in the dark. The key change though lay in the centre of the dashboard with an upgraded level of infotainment. The previous 5-inch screen was now replaced by a smarter glass-fronted 6.5-inch monitor, fitted as standard across the range. If you get a Fabia whose original owner went for the optional higher-grade 'Amundsen' package that included navigation and Wi-Fi, you can then really get into the advanced connectivity that Skoda offers through its optional 'Infotainment Online' package. In the rear, head room is unbettered in the class from this period and in terms of footwell space, it's just about possible for one six foot adult to sit behind another, though in such a situation, the rear person's knees would be rather buried in the front seat backs. Out back, there's a big (for a supermini) 330-litre boot (it's 530-litres in the Estate version).

What to Look For

In our ownership survey, we struggled to find many people who didn't like their Fabia. We found one owner who complained that his handbrake kept sticking on - but that was about it. It's just necessary to look out for the usual supermini issues - kerbed alloys and evidence of damage from unruly children on the interior plastics. Obviously, you'll want a fully stamped-up service history. We've come across reported issues with the optional 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox, which can be very jerky when shifting: look out for this on your test drive. There have also been some reported issues with the Mirrorlink aspect of the infotainment system, so make sure that the screen pairs properly to your smart phone. Customer surveys suggest that this Fabia wears its brakes, tyres, windscreen wipers and headlamp bulbs less than most class rivals.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2018 Fabia 1.0 TSI 95PS excl. VAT) A pair of front brake pads are between £32-£42; rears are around £25-£27. A pair of front brake discs start at about £80-£124; rears are around £52. A radiator is around £115-£207. Air filters sit in the £22 bracket. Oil filters cost around £14. A wiper blade is around £8-£34. A water pump is around £120. A starter motor is around £275.

On the Road

By 2018, Skoda couldn't see the point in offering this MK3 Fabia with anything other than 1.0-litre three cylinder petrol power - which is, after all, the optimum configuration for a small car of this kind these days. The range kicked off with the 75PS normally aspirated MPI unit borrowed from the brand's smaller Citigo model, but we'd strongly encourage you to find the relatively small increment necessary to upgrade yourself to the far preferable turbo TSI version of this engine, which by the end of MK3 Fabia production was the only unit offered. This powerplant gives you nearly 60% more pulling power through the gears and comes in both 95PS and 110PS guises, the latter available with a 7-speed DSG auto gearbox. Most buyers will stick with a manual - a 6-speeder on the 110PS variant but offered with only five ratios if you opt for either of the other two available engines. Under the skin, this Czech contender uses older underpinnings than those you'll find in its VW Group SEAT Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo supermini cousins. That makes a difference when it comes to potholes, speed humps and abrupt changes of direction, all of which trouble a Fabia more than they would a Polo or an Ibiza from the 2018-2021 period. Most of the time though, you won't notice much difference. This Skoda's ride quality is set-up to prioritise comfort and it deals with normal tarmac tears quite adeptly and works well for highway cruising. Plus the Fabia impresses when it comes to low speed manoeuvrability, its light steering, tight turning circle and great all-round visibility making town travel easy. It's pretty frugal too: even this perkiest 110PS 1.0-litre TSI model manages 60.1mpg on the combined cycle and 107g/km of CO2 (both NEDC figures).

Overall

So. How to sum up? Does it matter that the Fabia isn't as technologically new as other VW Group superminis from the 2018-2021 period? Probably not. We can't imagine the average buyer really cares what platform their small car rides on, though this Skoda's more elderly underpinnings are slightly betrayed by ride quality on poorer surfaces and the fact that its Volkswagen Group cousins from this period can offer more boot space. True, there are certainly more stylish and sharper-handling cars you could choose in this class - but most of them will cost you quite a lot more. If instead, you focus on the things you're actually going to most need in a supermini of this kind - ease of use, low running costs, practicality - it becomes clear that the MK3 Fabia in this post-2018 form can emphatically tick a lot of those boxes. It's a car in this class that you can't ignore if you're looking at a supermini made in the 2018-2021 period. It may not be the small runabout you'd ideally dreamed of owning. But it could very well be the one you actually need.

Performance
60%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
90%
Styling
80%
Build
80%
Value
90%
Equipment
60%
Economy
80%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
80%

This vehicle has previously been registered to a business or a vehicle rental company, or been used by a business, so it may have been driven by more than one driver.

* Depending on the age of the vehicle, MPG and CO2 may be quoted using either NEDC or WLTP testing standards.  Find out more

Figures are provided for comparison purposes. Fuel consumption under real world driving conditions and the CO2 produced will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions and vehicle load.

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Monthly payment£225.87
Deposit£249
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Cash price£12,298
Credit amount£12,049
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£4300
Total amount payable£15,165.89
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge2.64p per mile
Representative APR8.9%
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