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Skoda Fabia

The Skoda Fabia is the Czech brand’s alternative to the Volkswagen Polo.

The Fabia small hatch has been around since 2007 but didn’t launch in Australia until 2011.

It was initially offered as a 77kW 1.2-litre turbo, before a more powerful and sporty RS variant arrived a year later, as well as a wagon bodystyle. Now in its second generation locally, it shares a platform with the Volkswagen Polo.

The Fabia can currently be had from $18,390 for the Fabia 70 TSI and reaches to $26,090 for the Fabia 81 TSI Monte Carlo.

The Fabia competes with other small hatches like the Renault Clio, Mazda2 and Suzuki Swift.

Skoda Fabia Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Skoda Fabia here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • What caused my 2013 Skoda Fabia to go into limp-home mode?

    Your situation may be caused any one (or more) of about a thousand faults that is making the car’s on-board computer think that there’s a major problem. In turn, the computer switches the engine to operate on minimal power to make it home without destroying or further damaging any component. A car’s limp-home mode system is triggered by a range of protocols that are acted upon whenever the car perceives a drama. Anything from low oil level to a hot transmission can cause the limp-home system to intervene, and it can be an actual fault or, sometimes, simply an erroneous signal from a sensor that isn’t telling the truth. Have the car scanned and see what error codes are produced.

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

    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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  • Does the Skoda Fabia have any known issues?

    As part of the Volkswagen family, Skoda cars suffer from the same reliability cloud hanging over them in terms of transmission and electrical problems. The era of Skoda you’re shopping for was also one of the most problematic for such maladies, too, so just because your friend’s car has been perfect, doesn’t mean the next one will behave the same.

    The Subaru XV is generally regarded as a more reliable long-term prospect but you’re right in suspecting that it will use a little more fuel. Depending on what engine the Fabia is fitted with, the official combined fuel consumption can be as low as 5.3 litres per 100km, while the XV’s will be anything from 7.0 litres and up. That’s mainly to do with the Subaru’s all-wheel-drive which makes the car heavier and requires more fuel to overcome the drag and friction of driving twice as many wheels and axles.

    The pay-off is in the superb grip offered by the Subaru’s all-wheel-drive which gives it an active safety edge over two-wheel-drive cars on less than perfect surfaces. However, if fuel efficiency is your holy grail, then a Subaru might be a disappointment.

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  • Which hatchback should I buy?

    The best times to buy are usually the end of the financial year, or at model run-out times, that's when the specials are on. The CVT and dual-clutch autos are both still unknowns in terms of long-term reliability, but either should be ok over the five years you plan to keep the car. Any of the cars you list, and the list is a long one, would be ok. It really comes down to what you like.

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Skoda Fabia Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Skoda Fabia varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $18,390 and going to $26,090 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2021 Hatchback 1.0L, PULP, 5 SP MAN $18,390 $24,990
2021 Wagon 1.0L, PULP, 5 SP MAN $19,490 $26,090
2020 Hatchback 1.0L, PULP, 5 SP MAN $12,200 $26,290
2020 Wagon 1.0L, PULP, 5 SP MAN $12,900 $25,850
2019 Hatchback 1.0L, PULP, 5 SP MAN $10,600 $24,640
2019 Wagon 1.0L, PULP, 5 SP MAN $11,300 $23,100
2018 Hatchback 1.0L, PULP, 5 SP MAN $9,300 $19,910
2018 Wagon 1.0L, PULP, 5 SP MAN $9,900 $20,790
2017 Hatchback 1.2L, PULP, 5 SP MAN $8,200 $18,590
2017 Wagon 1.2L, PULP, 5 SP MAN $9,100 $19,470
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Skoda Fabia Colours

  • Corrida Red
  • Candy White
  • Magic Black Pearlescent
  • Race Blue
  • Quartz Grey
  • Rally Green
  • Steel Grey
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website. Shown above are the colours for the Skoda Fabia 2019.

Skoda Fabia Interior

Three model Skoda Fabia range features an interior familiar to owners of other current VW Group.products. A 6.5-inch colour touchscreen sits in the centre of the dashboard, and as our review images show the overall design is clean, simple and restrained. No leather trim in any model, fabric seats are standard across the line-up.

Shown above are interior details for the Skoda Fabia 2019.

Skoda Fabia Dimensions

The dimensions of the Skoda Fabia Wagon and Hatchback vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 Wagon 1467x1732x4257 mm 135 mm
2021 Hatchback 1467x1732x3992 mm 133 mm
2020 Wagon 1467x1732x4257 mm 135 mm
2020 Hatchback 1467x1732x3992 mm 133 mm
2019 Hatchback 1467x1732x3992 mm 133 mm
2019 Wagon 1467x1732x4257 mm 135 mm
2018 Hatchback 1467x1732x3992 mm 133 mm
2018 Wagon 1467x1732x4257 mm 135 mm
2017 Hatchback 1467x1732x3992 mm 133 mm
2017 Wagon 1467x1732x4257 mm 135 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Skoda Fabia Dimensions

Skoda Fabia Fuel Consumption

The Skoda Fabia is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by PULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 4.5L/100km for Hatchback /PULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 Hatchback 4.5L/100km 1.0L PULP 5 SP MAN
2021 Wagon 4.5L/100km 1.0L PULP 5 SP MAN
2020 Hatchback 4.5L/100km 1.0L PULP 5 SP MAN
2020 Wagon 4.5L/100km 1.0L PULP 5 SP MAN
2019 Hatchback 4.5L/100km 1.0L PULP 5 SP MAN
2019 Wagon 4.5L/100km 1.0L PULP 5 SP MAN
2018 Hatchback 4.5L/100km 1.0L PULP 5 SP MAN
2018 Wagon 4.5L/100km 1.0L PULP 5 SP MAN
2017 Hatchback 4.8L/100km 1.2L PULP 5 SP MAN
2017 Wagon 4.8L/100km 1.2L PULP 5 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Skoda Fabia Pricing and Specs for 2021

Skoda Fabia Wheel Size

The Skoda Fabia has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 185x60 R15 for Hatchback in 2021.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 Hatchback 185x60 R15 185x60 R15
2021 Wagon 185x60 R15 185x60 R15
2020 Hatchback 185x60 R15 15x6 inches 185x60 R15 15x6 inches
2020 Wagon 185x60 R15 15x6 inches 185x60 R15 15x6 inches
2019 Hatchback 185x60 R15 15x6 inches 185x60 R15 15x6 inches
2019 Wagon 185x60 R15 15x6 inches 185x60 R15 15x6 inches
2018 Hatchback 185x60 R15 15x6 inches 185x60 R15 15x6 inches
2018 Wagon 185x60 R15 15x6 inches 185x60 R15 15x6 inches
2017 Hatchback 185x60 R15 15x6 inches 185x60 R15 15x6 inches
2017 Wagon 185x60 R15 15x6 inches 185x60 R15 15x6 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Skoda Fabia Wheel Sizes

Skoda Fabia Towing Capacity

The Skoda Fabia has maximum towing capacity of 1100kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 Hatchback 1000kg 1100kg
2021 Wagon 1000kg 1100kg
2020 Hatchback 1000kg 1100kg
2020 Wagon 1000kg 1100kg
2019 Hatchback 1000kg 1100kg
2019 Wagon 1000kg 1100kg
2018 Hatchback 1000kg 1100kg
2018 Wagon 1000kg 1100kg
2017 Hatchback 1000kg 1100kg
2017 Wagon 1000kg 1100kg
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Skoda Fabia Seats

The following Skoda Fabia is available with five seats. Grey Fabric interior is standard on the Fabia, while Sports seats with Red accents are available on the Monte Carlo variant.

Skoda Fabia Seats
Shown above are seat details for the Skoda Fabia 2019.