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Equipment

4.5 out of 5 4.5

There are three models of Skoda Fabia here in the UK – for now – starting with the familiar S and moving onto SE. Now though the previous top of the range Elegance model has been changed to SE-L, a designation that will roll out across the rest of the Skoda UK range in time.

Standard Skoda Fabia equipment

If there’s one thing that could be said with confidence about the new Skoda Fabia, it’s that it’s well-equipped from the off. Choose the entry-level S model and you’ll soon forget its standing in the range thanks to Bluetooth connectivity and a DAB radio with USB and SD card input featuring from the off.

Add to that six airbags, electronic stability control, a height and reach adjustable steering wheel, height adjustable driver’s seat, tyre pressure monitoring system and Isofix fittings on the outer rear seats and you’ll be safe in the knowledge that your Fabia is one of the safest superminis around.

Outside the heated, electrically adjustable, door mirrors (and door handles) are body-coloured while stop/start and brake energy regeneration ensures you use the least fuel possible. You might need to make use of the electric front windows when the weather warms up though, as air conditioning is conspicuous in its absence.

For that you’ll need to upgrade to SE models, which add manual air-conditioning, an Arkamys surround sound package with six speakers, leather wrapped steering wheel, gearlever and handbrake to the interior ambience. A Maxi Dot trip computer keeps you informed of what the car is doing while the Bolero radio upgrade adds MirroLink technology to connect your Smartphone to the car.

By doing so you can see on screen just what you would on your phone (apps permitting) and utilise navigation or other apps useful to your journey. There’s no on-board navigation option available across the whole Fabia range, so this is the only way to self-map on the move.

Safety in the SE is taken care of by Front Assist which warns you of an impending collision will brake the car to a stop (from low speeds) if it detects you haven’t reacted in time, either lessening or avoiding completely the impact. There’s also a speed limiter to ensure you don’t stray unintentionally over the limit, while outside SE models wear smart 15-inch alloy wheels.

For most the SE-L model will be equipment overdose, but for those wanting the finest Fabia money can buy will likely enjoy the upgraded leather steering wheel with controls for the stereo and telephone, climate control, keyless go, front armrest and cruise control. These models also have LED daytime running lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, front foglights and an automatically dimming rear mirror.

Optional Skoda Fabia accessories

There’s a range of optional kit available on the new Skoda Fabia, including myriad safety additions. The big news for the latest model is the Colour Concept, muscling in on the precedent set by the original MINI which allows buyers to customise their chosen Fabia with different colour schemes for the body, roof, wheels and mirror caps. There’s even a denim interior option.

Another way of personalising your Fabia is to add a interior ‘foil’ to the dashboard panel in front of the passenger seat. Owners can print a personal picture of their choosing onto this vinyl ‘sticker’ and place this onto the dashboard.

If you want the cabin to feel even bigger than it is then the Panoramic glass roof is a sensible choice. Although it doesn’t open to the elements, it does have retractable blinds to alter the amount of light you want in the car, and uses heat resistant glass to ensure the temperature doesn’t get to greenhouse levels.

Monte Carlo special edition

Sporty in both name and appearance, is the "Monte Carlo" edition. We’ve only seen the European spec sheet but Skoda says it’ll be a similar proposition when it comes to the UK.

The special trim adds black alloy wheels, optional sports suspension, tinted rear and rear side windows and a tinted panoramic glass roof. Inside the car you get a three-spoke sports leather steering wheel, black interior and sports seats.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Skoda Fabia Hatchback.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

Colour Edition equipment

Colour Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
Colour Edition optional equipment
  • Audio remote

Monte Carlo equipment

Monte Carlo standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
Monte Carlo optional equipment
None available

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Steel wheels
S optional equipment
  • Remote locking

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
SE optional equipment
None available

SE L equipment

SE L standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
SE L optional equipment
None available

Safety

4.5 out of 5 4.5

At time of writing EuroNCAP are yet to test Skoda Fabia safety, but the previous model achieved four stars overall. We’d expect that Skoda is aiming for five stars with this new car though, as it uses its MQB platform and the technology it affords to pack in the safety kit on this new supermini.

As standard you’ll find every Fabia fitted with six airbags (the front passenger bag can be deactivated), tyre pressure monitoring, and an electronic stability control. Seating five there’s a pair of Isofix fittings on the rear seat (outer chairs) and a height-adjustable driver’s seat means everyone should have a good view out, regardless of stature. Multi-collision Brake ensures that the anchors are applied after an impact, should the driver be unable to react themselves, to lessen the severity of a second crash.

SE models add Front Assist and a Speed Limiter, the former warning drivers if the car detects a possible collision and absence of input from those behind the wheel, before automatically braking the car to a halt (where possible) if required. Top of the range SE-L trim come with an automatically dimming rear view mirror, cruise control, front foglights and daytime running lights too.

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Skoda Fabia Hatchback was tested by Euro NCAP in 2014 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2014
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 81%
Child Occupant: 81%
Pedestrian: 69%
Safety Assist: 69%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.

Interior & boot space

5 out of 5 5.0

Shorter than before, but wider across the whole body, Skoda Fabia practicality is impressive – not least for passengers who now benefit from greater shoulder room regardless of where they are sitting. The cabin space is longer too, so there’s more room to stretch legs front and rear. You notice the difference over the previous model, with none of the awkward burly rugby player shoulder-rubbing while in the front seats.

Ahead of the gearlever sits a pair of cupholders, while behind there’s a decent sized storage tray for smaller items. If you want the extra capacity of the centre armrest, then you’ll need to opt for the SE-L model, though all have a reasonably spacious glovebox and ample door pocket space.

But the big, literally, news here is the boot which has grown by 15 litres over the old Fabia to an impressive 330-litre space. To put that in perspective the VW Golf makes do with just 350 litres. Fold the rear bench flat and that number jumps to 1,150 litres, meaning the Fabia can carry the sort of IKEA-shaped loads demanded of it with relative ease.

Under Skoda’s Simply Clever tagline there’s a number of features designed to boost the supermini’s practicality including an ice scraper located in the fuel filler flap, a multimedia device cradle in the centre console, dedicated hi-visibility vest holders under the front seats plus tiny storage nets on their side for smaller items you want to keep close at all times.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Skoda Fabia Hatchback compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Skoda Fabia Hatchback 322 litres
Hyundai i20 Hatchback (09-14) 295 litres
Ford Fiesta (08-17) 290 litres
Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (09-17) 280 litres

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