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Honda Civic vs Skoda Fabia

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Honda Civic
Honda Civic

$47,200 - $72,600

2024 price

Skoda Fabia
Skoda Fabia

$38,990 - $39,490

2023 price

Summary

2024 Honda Civic
2023 Skoda Fabia
Safety Rating

Engine Type
Turbo 4, 2.0L

Turbo 4, 1.5L
Fuel Type
-

Premium Unleaded Petrol
Fuel Efficiency
8.9L/100km (combined)

4.9L/100km (combined)
Seating
4

5
Dislikes
  • Price, maybe
  • Limited availability
  • Likely a swansong

  • High entry price
  • Rear-seat legroom
  • Slightly firm ride
2024 Honda Civic Summary

Before we dive in, this isn’t your typical road test. 

That’s because there’s no road, per se. Instead, the majority of what you’re about to read comes from The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia.

You’ve read the headline, though, so you’re probably putting it all together: a Honda Civic Type R on a well-liked race track must be bliss. Let’s find out.

A very quick catch-up for those not in the know. The Honda Civic Type R (or CTR if you like) is the brand’s only performance model on sale after the demise of the NSX supercar. 

The current (FL5) CTR is a little over a year old, having been launched internationally in late 2022, but has only been on Aussie shores for a little while. In fact, we’ve already reviewed it for the road, back in April.

But Honda Australia was keen to get media behind the wheel in a setting it says the CTR thrives in - a racetrack. Its predecessor was a car loved almost universally, can this one live up to the new standard?

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2023 Skoda Fabia Summary

How much does size matter to you? Do you think price should be relative to the size of a vehicle? Or do you think it's more about quality, performance and features?

There are plenty of people that think price should equate to how much metal you get, and they will, quite rightly, be shocked by the price of the new-generation Skoda Fabia hatch.

But if you've previously considered an entry-level light or small car from a premium brand, but perhaps been underwhelmed by the standard equipment list, then the new Fabia could be the answer.

For its fourth-generation, the Fabia has matured considerably, growing in size and carrying a more adult, premium look.

For now, you can only get the Fabia in one flavour, but that will likely change. Because as it stands, the former Euro city runabout remains out of reach for many buyers looking for a fun and affordable light car.

Has Skoda made a mistake positioning the Fabia as a semi-premium offering, or is it just the latest signal of a shift upmarket for the formerly cheap and quirky Czech brand?

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