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Skoda Fabia vRS 1.4 TSI vRS Estate 5d DSG (2012/12)

Skoda Fabia vRS 1.4 TSI vRS Estate 5d DSG (2012/12) - Owner Review

Running costs - the claimed 45mpg is optimistic, but 40mpg is possible in everyday driving; tax and insurance are excellent considering the performance. Can get dogs, bikes and camping gear in (with roof rack). A.great allrounder.
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Review submitted by
Paul Watts on

Skoda Fabia vRS (10-14)

Summary

5 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
A bit left-field. Bought for what it does rather than what badge it has.

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
A bit surprised until they drive it.

Would you buy this car again and why?
Yes - would love a small sports car, but until the children leave home that isn't going to happen.

What are you likely to buy next?
Not likely to change for a couple of years - but this and focus ST estate will be on the shortlist.

Buying experience

4 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?
Franchised

Did you buy this car new?
Used

What price did you pay?
£13,000

When did you buy the car?
October 2012

Did you get a good deal and why?
Reasonable deal - good part exchange and 3 years free servicing.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Good balance between practical family lugger and grown up hot hatch - and offer on ex-demonstrator.

What was the dealer like?
Fine - but will only find out if anything goes wrong.

Driving it

5 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
Bi-polar - depending on how you want to drive it. Calm and relaxed in auto mode; but quick and fun when you're in the mood. Remarkably sharp and nimble for a 1.4 estate - don't get the torque steer of some front wheel drive hot hatches, and electronic limited slip differential helps prevent understeer .

What's it like to park?
Easy.

Living with it

5 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
No - used a litre of oil in first 7k; but hasn't missed a beat.

What's most practical about your car?
Running costs - the claimed 45mpg is optimistic, but 40mpg is possible in everyday driving; tax and insurance are excellent considering the performance. Can get dogs, bikes and camping gear in (with roof rack). A.great allrounder.

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
DSG box gives flexibility for relaxed cruising or town driving in auto mode; but great fun in sport or flappy paddle modes :) i-pod and bluetooth connectivity also useful.

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