Skoda Fabia RS
Rating 83 / 100
What: Skoda Fabia RS, 1.4-litre TSI (180bhp, 0-100kmh in 7.3 secs), 7spd DSG gearbox, front-wheel-drive, CO2 of 148g/km; VRT is 20pc. €302 annual road tax.
Cost: €22,890. Delivery, related charges extra.
Target Market: Well-to-do singles and couples who like pep in their cars.
Plus: Performance, technology, looks, equipment and space.
Minus: Price, wheel spin under acceleration, road tax.
Standard Equipment: Sports seats, twin-exhaust tailpipe, air conditioning, front fogs, several airbags, Swing radio/CD/MP3 player and audio jack, 17ins alloys.
Others to consider: MINI Cooper, Alfa Mito, SEAT Ibiza ST.