Twenty-two years after the Škoda Fabia made its debut, the Czech car manufacturer is lining up the fourth generation of its popular small car. It is now based on Volkswagen Group’s modular MQB-A0 platform and claims to be the most spacious car within its segment, boasting further improved comfort features and numerous advanced safety and assistance systems.
For the first time, the Škoda Fabia is based on the modular MQB-A0 platform from Volkswagen Group, which made it possible to make the interior even bigger. Now exceeding the four-metre mark, at 4,108 mm, the new car is considerably longer than its predecessor. The boot – which at 330 l was already the largest in the segment – has gained an additional 50 l to a capacious 380 litres.
Razor-sharp headlights, as well as tail lights with modern LED technology and crystalline structures, emphasise
its dynamic appearance. The redesigned interior features a symmetrical dashboard with a free-standing central display, an optional digital instrument cluster and horizontal decorative strips. From market launch, the Active, Ambition and Style trim levels will be available. The sporty MONTE CARLO variant will follow later.
Škoda has reduced the new FABIA’s drag coefficient to 0.28 (previous generation: 0.32), setting a record in the small car segment. During the development of the aerodynamics, the Czech manufacturer predominately used what is known as CFD simulations (Computational Fluid Dynamics).
The new LED ambient lighting (standard in Style) allows the driver to illuminate the decorative trim on the dashboard in white or red. The centre console and front door handles can also be lit up; furthermore, the ambient lighting includes LED
reading lights in the front and rear. Newly designed steering wheels provide the finishing touches in the FABIA’s interior. The multifunction steering wheel is available in leather and in a three-spoke sports style, with shift paddles for the DSG. A heated steering wheel as well as a heated windscreen for a clear view and improved safety in winter also make their debut in the range. Such comfort features could previously only be found in higher-tier vehicles. This is the first-ever Fabia that is optionally available with a digital instrument cluster, which boasts a 10.25-inch digital display.
Five petrol engines from Volkswagen Group’s current EVO generation deliver power outputs ranging from 48 kW (65 PS) to 110 kW (150 PS). With a drag coefficient (cd) of 0.28, the FABIA is the most aerodynamic car in its segment, which – together with an optional 50-litre fuel tank – allows for a range of more than 900 km in the WLTP cycle.
A high proportion of high-strength, ultra-high-strength or specially hardened hot-formed steels ensures great stability. In
addition, the MQB-A0 makes it possible to use advanced assistance systems from higher-tier vehicles.
This is the first Fabia that can be equipped with Travel Assist, which provides automatic support with longitudinal and lateral steering. This can be activated at the touch of a button and combines several assistance systems at the same time. Up to 210 km/h, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) automatically adjusts the speed of the car to that of vehicles ahead. Lane Assist, as the name suggests, helps to keep the FABIA in lane by performing corrective steering inputs if needed. Using
Hands-on Detect, Travel Assist checks whether the driver touches the steering wheel consistently.
The improved Blind Spot Detect (Side Assist) is another option. This warns the driver of vehicles that are up to 70 m away and wanting to overtake or that are in the car’s blind spot. The FABIA can now also lend the driver a hand when parking: Park Assist works at speeds of up to 40 km/h displaying suitable parallel and bay parking spaces and, if desired, taking over the driver’s steering work when parking. Manoeuvre Assist uses sensors to detect an obstacle in front of or behind the car during parking and applies the brakes automatically. Traffic Sign Recognition and Front Assist with Predictive Pedestrian and Cyclist Protection are also new features for the FABIA.
Up to nine airbags protect occupants in the event of an accident. The car comes with airbags for the driver and front passenger, curtain airbags, and front side airbags as standard. A knee airbag for the driver and rear side airbags are optional extras to further enhance safety. ISOFIX anchors and top tether anchor points on the back seats are part of
the standard equipment and are optional on the front passenger seat. The top tether eyelets on the front passenger’s backrest and on the outer seats in the rear mean that the FABIA can accommodate three securely fastened child seats.