Skoda Fabia Estate - Interior & comfort
The Skoda Fabia Estate has a solid and logically laid-out interior, but it doesn’t feel particularly classy or luxurious
The Skoda Fabia Estate conforms with the tradition the brand has for extremely solid and well assembled interiors. Less fortunately, we’ve also come to accept that Skoda interiors are rarely exciting to look at.
Skoda Fabia Estate dashboard
If you’ve ever owned a modern Skoda, the Fabia Estate’s dashboard will be instantly familiar. Straightforward in layout, it’s sturdy and easy to use, but lacks a little of the design flair that certain rivals offer. The Volkswagen Polo has more soft-touch materials and a classier design. However, it’s much more upmarket inside than the Dacia Logan MCV. The touchscreen infotainment system is probably the dashboard’s greatest attraction.
Every Fabia Estate gets LED daytime running lights, a height-adjustable driver's seat, a height and reach-adjustable steering wheel, under-seat storage, curtain airbags, body-coloured power-adjustable door mirrors, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, engine stop-start and a tyre-pressure warning system. But you have to upgrade from the basic S model to SE to gain air-conditioning and alloy wheels.
SE also brings a leather steering wheel, gearshift and handbrake, a height-adjustable passenger seat, 15-inch alloy wheels, black roof rails, a six-speaker stereo, rear parking sensors, an anti-theft alarm, an umbrella under the passenger seat and Skoda’s SmartLink smartphone integration. This is our pick of the trim levels, offering a good blend of equipment and value.
If you want some extra luxury touches, however, there’s always the range-topping SE L or Monte Carlo trims. As well as everything you get with S and SE spec, these add sat nav, climate control, a front armrest, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control and a keyless entry system. The Monte Carlo version is largely distinguished by style changes, sports seats and black alloy wheels.
Starting with the S model, you can add alloy wheels for around £500, rear parking sensors for £300, air-conditioning for £750 and a leather steering wheel (£250), but by the time you’ve done this, you might as well have bought an SE.
Also useful are a front armrest (£100), a variable boot floor for more flexible storage (£110) and the Simply Clever pack, which for around £100 adds useful storage nets to the boot, a waste bin and a holder for smartphones and MP3 players to the cabin. Metallic paint is £600 and a space saver spare wheel is £100.
Useful additions that can be added across the range include a Winter package with heated seats and washer jets along with full LED headlights for improved visibility at night.