Skoda Fabia hatchback - Interior & comfort
The Fabia's interior is no-frills but has all the essential features
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. While analogue gauges are still standard, an optional digital instrument display also arrives 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.
Depending on the trim 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.