Skoda Fabia review: how could VW let this happen?

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Published on 12 Jul 2022, 16:07
The new Skoda Fabia has given Volkswagen a massive headache...here's why.

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It’s fair to say that today’s superminis are not the compact runabouts they once were. Always a popular choice for its mix of affordability, practicality and ease of use, the humble supermini has faced a new era of safety regulation, combined with buyers demanding improved quality, extra space and greater comfort. All of which has led to more sizeable models being designed and brought to market.

In fact, the breadth of skills on offer from established supermini rivals such as the Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio and Vauxhall Corsa mean that the gap between this segment and traditional family hatchbacks such as the Ford Focus and VW Golf is closer than ever. With extra competition from its SEAT Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo stablemates, and the likes of the Hyundai i20, Mazda 2, Peugeot 208 and Toyota Yaris offering strong appeal, Skoda’s fourth-generation Fabia certainly has its work cut out.

Lucky then, that the five-door Czech supermini benefits from using the same MQB-A0 platform as its Polo and Ibiza cousins. This architecture also underpins Skoda’s Scala family car and Kamiq small SUV, and its lightness helps to keep the Fabia’s weight roughly the same as its predecessor’s. Sounds promising, but how does the Fabia compare to its arch nemesis, the Volkswagen Polo? Nicola Hume finds out.

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