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Skoda Fabia hatchback - Interior & comfort

The Fabia's interior is no-frills but has all the essential features

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As it’s much larger than before, the Fabia's interior has been transformed. It now blurs the boundaries between supermini and family-sized hatchback, and could see some buyers reconsidering which model they need.

In keeping with its new grown-up personality, the Fabia is more refined than before too. Not only is its ability to soak up a rough road commendable, it's good at keeping wind and tyre noise at a low hum.

Skoda Fabia dashboard

Moving to the same underpinnings as the Volkswagen Polo and SEAT Ibiza hasn't just increased space, it has also given Skoda's designers access to a new generation of technology. This means its infotainment is far more contemporary, with a central touchscreen measuring up to 9.2 inches in size. This setup looks modern and boasts slick graphics that are easy to read but it is slightly slower to load and less responsive than some rival systems. While analogue gauges are still standard, an optional digital instrument display is also available in the Fabia for the first time.

The dashboard itself is also a new design, with a swish horizontal piece of body-coloured trim that intersects circular air vents. Another highlight is some fabric trim (from SE trim upwards), similar to the Octavia and Enyaq iV but overall materials are kept fairly simple. 

A two-spoke steering wheel is a neat design touch and the rotary dials for the ventilation controls are easy to use while driving along a bumpy road. The extra width of the interior has also allowed for more plentiful storage and even a wireless smartphone charging tray.

Equipment

Depending on which of the four trim levels you go for, features include some new arrivals for the Fabia range. A heated steering wheel, heated windscreen and wireless smartphone charging are offered, along with dual-zone climate control. There's even a panoramic roof to make the interior feel lighter and brighter, which is an item usually associated with bigger, more expensive cars.

The S specification is the most basic, getting a 6.5-inch infotainment screen and manual air conditioning. It also comes with LED headlights, front assist, lane keep assist and an e-Call system, which automatically contacts emergency services after a major accident.

SE Comfort adds several exterior additions including front front fog lights, 15-inch alloy wheels and rear parking sensors. Inside, upgrades include height adjustability for the front seats, a two-spoke leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel and matching trim on the gear lever and handbrake.

Colour Edition gets further styling enhancements including larger 16-inch alloys and rear privacy glass, and upgraded technology inside with a 10-inch digital dial cluster and keyless start.

At the top of the Fabia lineup, the SE L trim adds substantially to the equipment list. It gets a larger 9.2-inch infotainment screen, dual-zone air conditioning, ambient interior lighting, LED interior lights, a front armrest and all-round electric windows.

The new Fabia Monte Carlo will arrive later this year. To set it apart from the regular models, it gets several sporty design tweaks, including a gloss black front grille, redesigned bumpers, and model-specific 17-inch alloys. Other upgrades include special Monte Carlo badges, LED headlights and foglights, and tinted rear windows. Inside, sports seats are fitted along with red and black contrasting trim.

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