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Skoda Fabia 2017: Would it make a good first car?

Asked by Antonia

Our daughter is considering a Kia Rio for her first car but we are not sure about the Rio. Would you recommend the 2017 Skoda Fabia hatch as a first car for her? What other hatch would you recommend manufactured 2016 between 2018? Safety, reliability and reasonable low kilometres are important considerations for us.

Answered by CarsGuide

7 Aug 2020 David Morley

I think that a Kia Rio would be an excellent choice as a first car. Especially since a Rio built in the time frame you’re looking at will still have a big chunk of its factory warranty left to run. The Kia seven-year/unlimited kilometre warranty is the best around, really, and provided the car you buy has a complete service record, that warranty will be real peace of mind.

Also, the Rio is known to be a good, solid car that has a good reputation for reliability and durability. The Skoda Fabia, meantime, suffers from the poor reputation of is dual-clutch transmission. The Fabia is also a bit of an orphan in Australia, meaning that it’s largely overlooked by buyers. That means it will potentially be more difficult to unload when you daughter looks to upgrade her car in a few years.

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