Skoda has evolved from being a joke brand in the 1980s to a major player today. It would be difficult to pinpoint one reason for this, but the introduction in 1999 of the Fabia was undoubtedly a major contributing factor. The original model was the first Skoda that UK customers could be genuinely proud to own, pointing out that they had bought it because it was a good car rather than not a bad one for the money. Twenty years and two generations on, the story is the same. There is hardly a shortage of superminis on the market, but even against considerable opposition the Fabia is about as good a choice as any.