Skoda unveils the all-new Fabia
The Czech city car gets a major makeover
After seven years of loyal service, the third generation Skoda Fabia has been completely revised. The newcomer changes everything, including its technology, which was getting seriously outdated. The Fabia is now based on the MQB A0 platform already used by its cousins A1, Polo and Ibiza.
The adoption of this base allows a significant contribution of new technologies as well as a greatly improved interior. The Czech city car receives level 2 semi-autonomous driving, full LED headlights, a 9.2 inch touch screen and a 10.25 inch digital instrument cluster.
In terms of dimensions, the Fabia is 4.10m long, 1.78m wide, 1.46m high and has a wheelbase of 2.56m. The boot capacity is 380 litres, surpassing that of the A1, Polo and Ibiza. Externally, the car has an unsurprising design with tauter lines than before, giving the whole more dynamism.
The front end gains slimmed down headlights, while the rear end features horizontal taillights. The dashboard is very similar to that of the facelifted Seat Ibiza, with circular vents at the ends crossed by a coloured band. The Fabia retains the two-spoke steering wheel typical of the brand's cars.
Under the bonnet, the Fabia only offers petrol engines. For the entry level, there is a 1.0 MPI with 65 or 80 PS and a 5-speed manual transmission. Next up is the 1.0 TSI with 95 or 110 PS. The latter can be coupled with a 7-speed automatic transmission. Finally, the 1.5 TSI with 150 PS has an automatic transmission as standard.