Here’s the Skoda Fabia in its fourth generation; and it’s larger, safer and more efficient with a multitude of engine options and some ‘Simply Clever’ engineering bits. It’s the first time that the Fabia makes use of the MQB-A0 platform, one that was recently in headlines featuring the new Polo.
Under the new platform, the Fabia has gone bigger. Much bigger. It boasts of a stiffer body that has grown by 111 cm and offers a generous 380-litre boot. The exteriors are more dynamic, featuring razor-sharp headlamps and taillights. What’s interesting is the introduction of cooling shutters on the front bumpers. Thanks to sophisticated details, such as aerodynamically optimised wheels and actively adjustable cooling shutters in the front bumper’s lower air inlet, the new Fabia achieves a drag coefficient (cd) of 0.28, setting a new record in the small car segment.
Lots of likable bits on the inside as well! There’s a symmetrical dashboard with a free-standing central display, an optional 10.25-inch instrument cluster and horizontal decorative strips. The cabin is brought alive by copper-coloured and grey contrasting stitching and new LED ambient lighting.In terms of the equipment, there’s a 9.2-inch infotainment system with built-in eSIM, dual-zone climate control, gesture control and voice assistance. Drivers aids include Travel Assist, Park Assist and Manoeuvre Assist, all of which debut in the Fabia for the first time.
There’ll be five engine options worldwide, with each being a member of the VW Group’s current EVO generation. That means two 1.0-litre, three-cylinder multi-point injection petrol engines with 64bhp and 79bhp respectively as well as two direct-injection 1.0 TSI engines with 94bhp and 109bhp. Top spec is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder with 148bhp, a 7spd DSG gearbox and ‘active cylinder technology’ that shuts down two cylinders when engine load is low.
Ofcourse, it’s a Skoda. The typical bits continue; such as the ice scraper in the fuel filler flap with a tyre tread depth gauge, the car park ticket holder on the A-pillar and an umbrella in the driver’s door. Additionally, there’s a new clip for a credit card or car park ticket and an elastic band as a pen holder keep things tidy. A removable cup holder between the front seats is an optional extra to provide more flexibility, while a box on the transmission tunnel offers rear passengers a clever storage option for small items. The fifth solution to premiere is the sun visor, available as an accessory for the optional panoramic roof. Skoda has also offered USB-C socket on the rear-view mirror.