Skoda frequently promises pricing and equipment from the class below the size of car that it produces, and although this Fabia in SE-L guise, at £14,240, doesn’t quite uphold the honour of Skoda’s larger offerings (or Fabias from the lower end of the range), it’s still extremely competitive.

And although, often, adding vast quantities of equipment when you specify a new car means that you won’t see much of a return when it comes to reselling it, the fact that all of this is standard – plus the fact that the Fabia is a doyenne of private buyers – means that its residual values hold up strongly.

Vicky Parrott

Deputy reviews editor
Our 89bhp 1.2 TSI test car returned 44.9mpg on our True MPG test - well short of its claimed economy of 60.1mpg

The running costs are competitive, too, without being class-leading. Our 89bhp 1.2 TSI test car, run through the True MPG test, returned 44.9mpg – well short of its claimed economy of 60.1mpg, but credible enough for a four-cylinder petrol engine.

Given the choice, we'd plump for the mid-range SE equipment level, with the 109bhp tune of the 1.2-litre TSI motor mated to the six-speed manual gearbox. Options we would pull the trigger on include metallic paint (£535), electric rear windows (£160), a front armrest (£95), the 'Simply Clever' storage pack (£75) and a spacesaver spare wheel (£85).

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