The new Skoda Fabia highlights how the fast-growing Czech value brand is adding a touch of style to its cars, which until now have been known for their functionality rather than their design. With its sharp edges and clear lines, the third-generation Fabia looks more dynamic and sportier than its predecessor while the car’s practical features have been enhanced.
Sportier Skoda Fabia keeps its functionality
Small families, young couples, older buyers downsizing.
Automatic emergency braking that stops the vehicle at speeds up to 30kph to reduce the risk of rear-end collisions; driver-fatigue detection.
MirrorLink allows drivers to access and use smartphone apps via the car's touchscreen display.
Ten new practical features such as an ice scraper in the fuel filler cap and a rubbish bin for the side door.
The subcompact’s interior has been improved to beat the class average and it has more passenger room and more luggage capacity because its wheelbase is longer, Skoda says. Like many new subcompacts, the Fabia adds safety and assistance systems that were previously offered only on higher vehicle classes.
Launch date: November 2014 (Europe)
Base price: 11,790 euros (Germany)
Platform: VW Group PQ25 with MQB elements such as engines, transmissions, electronic steering and infotainment
Where built: Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic (European version)
Production forecast: 180,000 (Inovev estimate for 2015)
Lowest CO2 emissions: 108g/km
Main rivals: Hyundai i20, Kia Rio, Peugeot 208, VW Polo, Ford Fiesta, Opel Corsa
The Fabia is Skoda’s second-best seller in Europe after the Octavia compact so the new model’s success in the hotly contested subcompact segment is crucial to the brand’s goal to boost annual global sales to 1.5 million by 2018 from 1 million last year.
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The Fabia will be offered only as a five-door hatchback with a station wagon variant that is 10mm longer than the wagon it replaces. The car comes with a choice of two gasoline engines and a diesel, which are up to 17 percent more economical than the current powerplants, Skoda says.