New 2021 Skoda Fabia revealed

The new Skoda Fabia arrives with fresh tech and more space

  • Larger than the outgoing model 
  • Available with only three-cylinder petrol engines 
  • Expected to arrive in UK showrooms in early 2022

This is the all-new Skoda Fabia, which will go on sale this summer. Now in its fourth generation, the supermini has been given a complete overhaul that refreshes the design, updates the tech on board and improves the car’s practicality.

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The Fabia is now Skoda’s smallest model, following the withdrawal of the Citigo, and is the last of the Volkswagen Group superminis to move on to the brand’s new MQB A0 platform, which is shared with the updated VW Polo and SEAT Ibiza. This new platform means the Fabia has access to new engines and in-car technology. 

When the new Fabia goes on sale, it will renew its rivalry with the Ford Fiesta and Renault Clio, as well as the Polo and Ibiza from within the VW Group.

2021 Skoda Fabia: Design and styling 

A major change for the new model is the additional 111mm in length over the outgoing model, taking its bumper-to-bumper figure to 4,108mm. Skoda has also stretched the Fabia’s wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels) by 94mm.

Together with a raised roofline, this means new Fabia has much more space for both passengers and luggage than the previous model. There’s an extra 50 litres of boot space, taking its load bay to an impressive 380 litres. This isn’t far off many family hatchbacks such as the SEAT Leon, Ford Focus and Audi A3 from the class above, and means the Fabia will be more practical than nearly all its main rivals, including the Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris and Vauxhall Corsa. It doesn’t quite match the Clio, which is 11 litres larger, but the new Fabia trumps its French rival by offering a full 1,190 litres when the rear seats are folded down.

In terms of styling, the new Fabia follows in the footsteps of other recently updated Skoda models, including the new Kamiq. It now features styling details such as Skoda’s new, larger grille and LED ‘hawk-eye’ headlights, along with L-shaped LED daytime running lights. The front bumper is more angular than before and gains new front fog lights and active cooling vents in the lower bumper, which can close to improve efficiency. 

The detailing continues along the side of the car, with a triangular motif that adjoins a neat crease at the bottom of the door panels. Designers claim this is a nod to the Czech flag. At the rear, the Fabia gets wider tail lights and a spoiler integrated into the top of the tailgate. Skoda’s new lettering completes the detailing across the centre of the bootlid.

The new Fabia will be available in nine colours, including the new Phoenix Orange previewed in these official images, and with the option of a contrasting roof on some versions. The car will sit on either 14-inch and 15-inch steel wheels, or alloys ranging from 15 inches to 18 inches, depending on the model. 

Interior and technology 

The Fabia’s dashboard will be finished in a fabric coating on mid-range SE-spec models upwards, similar to those seen in the latest Octavia and the new Enyaq iV, along with a line of body-coloured trim, which provides some contrast to the grey plastic. It will come with a 3.5-inch information screen as standard but a 10.25-inch digital instrument panel will be available as an option.

A two-spoke steering wheel also features, which we’ve already seen in the latest Octavia. Elsewhere, contrasting dash inserts are trimmed in what appears to be faux leather, with a set of rotary switches and buttons for the ventilation controls located beneath. Below this sits a new look gear stick and a central storage cubby.

A large touchscreen infotainment screen is the biggest change from the old car, which is complemented by a digital dial cluster. Skoda says it is retaining a 6.5-inch infotainment system with DAB radio for entry-level cars but the majority of Fabias will come with an eight-inch Bolero touchscreen that features Bluetooth. A 9.2-inch display system will also be available, offering online-supported navigation and a WiFi hotspot, and Smartphone mirroring with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is likely to be standard on all trim levels. All systems will run Skoda’s MIB 3.0 software, which was first seen in the Kamiq SUV.

Depending on the trim level, buyers can now expect to enjoy ambient lighting, a heated steering wheel and windscreen, a phone box with induction charging, and dual-zone climate control. While full interior specifications are yet to be announced, the new car will get extra safety technology; parking assistance and Travel Assist (combining adaptive cruise control and a lane-keeping aid) can be ordered, and you can choose to have top and bottom ISOFIX child seat mountings on the front passenger seat.

Skoda has become known for its ‘Simply Clever’ features, like an ice scraper hidden in the fuel filler cap and umbrellas in the front seats. The new Fabia will benefit from many more of these innovations (up to 43, we’re told); 13 are new to the Fabia and five of those are Skoda firsts. You can opt for a USB-C socket mounted on the rear-view mirror - to plug a dashcam in - or specify a folding front passenger seat in order to carry long items. There are also phone holders in the seatbacks and a storage pocket underneath the boot cover.

Engines and pricing

The new Fabia will be powered predominantly by three-cylinder petrol engines: a normally aspirated 1.0-litre MPI and a turbocharged 1.0-litre TSI. 

Base models will feature the 1.0-litre MPI unit with 64bhp or 79bhp, both linked to a five-speed manual gearbox. There will be a choice of turbocharged TSI motors, with either a 94bhp power output, matched to a five-speed manual gearbox, or a 109bhp engine, linked to a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch auto. At the top of the range will be a 1.5 TSI Evo four-cylinder turbo petrol engine producing 148bhp. It will only be available as an automatic but will make the Fabia quick, managing 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds.

The absence of an electric or hybrid model means the most economical version will be the 94bhp 1.0-litre TSI, with an official economy figure of 55.4mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 113g/km.

Prices and specs are yet to be confirmed for the new Fabia but we aren’t expecting a major increase, so expect base models with the MPI engine to start at around £14,500. A successor to the current Fabia estate is already in the pipeline and we expect to see it within the next 12 to 18 months, with sales expected to begin in 2023 or 2024. 

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