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Skoda Fabia Estate 1.9 TDI Elegance 5d (AC) (2002/52)

Skoda Fabia Estate 1.9 TDI Elegance 5d (AC) (2002/52) - Owner Review

Superb engine gives good acceleration and relaxed cruising. Heay understeer when pushed hard. Too much bodyroll with full load. Electronic throttle anti-stall is sometimes intrusive, so not easy to crawl in traffic.
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Skoda Fabia Estate (01-07)

Value

3 out of 5

Not cheap and some suprising omissions for top of range car - no CD player, no sat nav, no auto gearbox, no leather seats, no electric rear windows. But good overall value.

Costs

5 out of 5

Even hard driving maintains 46mpg and 52 mpg at 77mph on motorways.

Driving

4 out of 5

Superb engine gives good acceleration and relaxed cruising. Heay understeer when pushed hard. Too much bodyroll with full load. Electronic throttle anti-stall is sometimes intrusive, so not easy to crawl in traffic.

Performance

5 out of 5

Stunning midrange acceleration. Narrow body and good turning circle make parking simple. good cornering with 14" tyre option, but needs good rain tyres. A great high speed commuting car, much faster than it appears.

Reliability

3 out of 5

Failed steering rack and clutch master cylinder within 5000 miles was not a good start. Next 20,000 miles faultless.

Image

4 out of 5

To some people it is still a Skoda but most people see it as a small lifestile estate with a bit more class than Ford or Vauxhall.

Comfort

4 out of 5

Firm seats are comfortable on long journeys, Rear seat good for 3 children or two adults. Good soundproofing, but optional 14" wheels give bumpy ride on country roads.

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Insurance group: 12

Security

4 out of 5

Remote tailgate and driver's door only modes are well thought out and very useful. Lack of rear electric windows spoils central locking.

Service

5 out of 5

Service and customer care is excellent.

Problems

Bodywork
Slight rattle on glove box lid.

Engine
Clutch master cylinder failed within 5000 miles.

Gearbox
-

Other
Steering rack sensor failure within 5000 miles - lost power assistance when turning left.

Ownership

Did you buy the car new?
Yes

Would you buy the same model again?
Yes

Did you buy from the same manufacturer again?
Yes