Skoda has revealed its new fourth-generation Fabia hatchback, the entry-level model in the firm’s range.
Now sitting on the same MQB A0 platform as its Volkswagen Group stablemates such as the Seat Ibiza and VW’s own Polo, the new Fabia offers noticeably more room than before. In fact, it’s 11cm longer than its predecessor, with this meaning it offers more rear seat space than before as well one of the largest boots in its class, measuring 380 litres – 50 more than before.
It’s also a more stylish option than before, too, and introduces design details seen on the brand’s more expensive cars, including slim full LED headlights and a larger grille that helps the new car stand out. New colours Phoenix Orange and Graphite Grey are also offered.
Skoda also says the new Fabia has the best aerodynamics in its class, with a drag coefficient of 0.28. This has been achieved with new ‘active’ slats in the front bumper able to reduce or increase cooling when needed, along with a larger roof spoiler, new ‘aero’ wheels and smaller door mirrors.
Inside, the new Fabia gains more technology, with a touchscreen measuring up to 9.2 inches available, along with an optional 10.25-inch digital cockpit system – the latter being offered for the first time. A range of new convenience features have also been introduced, including dual-zone climate control, a heated windscreen and a heated steering wheel.
Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring is available on higher-spec cars fitted with larger touchscreen systems, while the top 9.2-inch media system features a Wi-Fi hotspot. This allows for enhanced connectivity features, as well as the integration of Skoda’s ‘Hey Laura’ voice recognition system.
Elsewhere, Skoda promises the new Fabia is ‘one of the safest small cars on the market’, with the model said to impress with its active and passive safety features. Further driver assistance features are also available, including Travel Assist that combines adaptive cruise control with lane assist, as well as self-parking functionality.
A similar range of engines as the outgoing Fabia are set to be offered, including a choice of naturally-aspirated and turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol units ranging from 64bhp to 108bhp. A turbocharged 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol is set to head up the range, with this being able to reach 0-60mph in just 7.7 seconds. With no hot vRS model likely, this is expected to continue being the range-topper.
Skoda is also ramping up its range of ‘Simply Clever’ features available, including an umbrella stored in the driver’s door (something usually found in the Czech firm’s flagship model), as well as a USB-C socket in the rear-view mirror that allows for the easy attachment of a dash cam.
At launch, the new Fabia is set to be available in the same S, SE and SE L trims as currently found, with a sportier-looking Monte Carlo model likely to follow later in the year.
Full specifications and pricing will be announced later in the year, with a slight increase on the outgoing model’s £14,880 starting price expected. FIrst deliveries aren’t expected until the start of 2022.Enquire on a new Skoda Fabia