Added: 8th of June 2017
I have recently sold my Skoda fabia after 3 years of ownership and thought I'd share my experiences. Firstly the looks are a little dated by modern standards, but after a good clean and polish it still looks a very nice car and appears planted and sporty with the green brake callipers, a subtle spoiler and flattened exhaust. The interior however is uninspiring. Don't get me wrong, everything works, all buttons and functions, it's just a bit dull. The worst part though is the cloth seats which are grey in colour. They mark easy and are a complete b**ch to clean! The engine is a solid performer. Yes it clatters around like an older diesel and sounds unmistakably like an older diesel but it can still make you grin with how it delivers it's torquey power. Foot down between 1750-3000rpm and it pulls well and can overtake effortlessly. It's not a 'fast' car but it's punchy. Keep it between those revs and you'll pick up speed satisfyingly well. Hold out for more revs and it runs out of puff oh so quickly. In it's hay day it would surprise many cars with how it could gather pace. Nowadays not so much, where every other car is a 2.0tdi and much more linear. Wear and tear aside it is reliable. The alternator packed up recently but other than that only the window regulator has broken causing the window to sink into the door. But it's never let me down on a winter's day or after long drives. It is a workhorse and feels like it's just happy to 'Keep going'. Best part though is the running costs. Fuel is easily in the low 50mpg without even trying. Try and it's very late 50's or even over 60mpg. Drive hard and you'll be low to mid 40's which is seriously excellent! Overall a decent car. Don't expect to break records or win many drag races but don't expect to be sat behind a Honda Jazz doing 40 in a 50mph zone for long with that torque.