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Czech out the Skoda Fabia's fab facelift

VW Group hatchbacks are on a refresh trail at the moment, with the VW Polo and Seat Ibiza entering new generations on the MQB A0 platform. Now, the Skoda Fabia has had a bit of a refresh.

What's new?

There's new headlights, a larger grille and a fettled bumper, with LED daytime running lights now standard. New dashboard trims bring a revived lease of life to the cabin, while more tech makes this the safest Fabia to date. As for engines, there's been little in the way of change, although the line-up now consists exclusively of petrol units, with three in the UK.

What's under the bonnet?

Powering our test car was a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder, paired up to a five-speed manual gearbox, developing 94bhp and 160Nm of torque. It can take the estate from 0-60mph in 10.7 seconds and on to a 115mph top speed. As for efficiency, Skoda claims it can achieve 63mpg with CO2 emissions of 103g/km. On paper, it doesn't sound particularly fast, but in reality it's quite sprightly. There's enough go to have some fun with and it's definitely more than up to the job if you plan on using the car for getting around town.

What's it like to drive?

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The new updated Skoda Fabia
 

It's a pleasant experience. It's well-suited for the town, thanks to light-but-not-overly so steering, paired up with good all-round visibility, while the addition of a parking camera to our test car made it that little bit easier to pinpoint. It handles well and doesn't roll around a huge amount.

How does it look?

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Skoda Fabia
 

A nip and tuck has given the aesthetic a new lease of life. Revised headlights, combined with a larger grille, give it a little more presence and even creates a mini Superb-like look. LED daytime running lights also mean the range looks more premium than before. LED rear lights feature on the options list, but it's hard to see much difference without them.

What's it like inside?

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The new updated Skoda Fabia
 

The Skoda Fabia benefits from some new dashboard trims with this facelift, which keeps it up to date. It's a genuinely quite pleasant vehicle to be inside. Monte Carlo trims also bring sports seats and carbon-effect finishers.

As for space, meanwhile, our estate test car offered 530 litres of boot space, although rivals don't come with such a body option. The hatch can store 330 litres of luggage with all seats in place, boasting more than the Ford Fiesta's 292 litres, but less than the Seat Ibiza's 355 litres.

What's the spec like?

Keeping in line with usual facelift formalities, the updated Skoda Fabia gains more tech as standard, with more also joining the optional extras list.

Every car now gets LED daytime running lights for no extra cost, while autonomous emergency braking also comes as part of the package.

Monte Carlo trim cars, such as the model we tested, get climate control, LED rear lights and electric rear windows, along with styling upgrades in the form of a black-painted front spoiler, roof and matching floor mats.

For its £17,670 starting price, we think the Monte Carlo trim offers some pretty serious value for money. And with the range starting at just £12,840, the Skoda Fabia might just be one of the best bargains on the market.

Verdict

As a daily machine, the updated Skoda Fabia is definitely one of the best value packages in its segment. This compact machine is still proving that it has a lot to give.

Facts at a glance

Model as tested: Skoda Fabia Estate Monte Carlo

Price: £17,670

Engine: 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol

Power (bhp): 94

Torque (Nm): 160

Max speed (mph): 115

0-60mph: 10.7secs

MPG: 63

Emissions (g/km): 103

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