New 2021 Skoda Fabia revealed: tech, specs and release date

  • First images of the 2021 Skoda Fabia revealed
  • It's longer, wider and roomier than before
  • Expected to cost from less than £14,000

Skoda Fabia (2021) front view

Skoda has revealed the all-new 2021 Fabia supermini. Despite looking like an updated version of  the last-generation Fabia, this one sits on an all-new platform that's shared with the Volkswagen Polo and SEAT Ibiza.

It's longer and wider than before, boasts a much sleeker new body, comes with the same engines the Polo and Ibiza and introduces some tech and equipment new to Skoda's popular small car.

What's new about the 2021 Fabia?

Although the styling is familiar and slightly predictable, from what we've seen so far, it's a good-looking car. It shares many styling themes with the larger Octavia hatchback front to back, with a stubby frontal area and LED headlights that look almost like a straight carry-over from the bigger model.

It's 111mm longer front to rear than before and is 48mm wider. There's also 94mm more space between the front and rear axle lines, which should translate into a larger interior. Another important number we've so far gleaned is that the new Fabia boasts a 380-litre boot volume.

This carries on the Czech firm's tradition of offering size and space akin to that of cars in next market sector up - the Octavia, for instance, is as roomy as a BMW 3 Series, for instance. In the case of the Fabia, that seats-up boot volume is now almost identical to the Volkswagen Golf.

It also featues clever new fuel-saving technology, such as active cooling shutters in the front grille to help reduce the Fabia's wind resistance at speed. There are also fresh new colours and alloy wheel options available and LED headlight technology comes as standard now, too.

What's it like inside?

Skoda Fabia (2021) interior view

The new cockpit is a significant overhaul over the old model. It has an entirely new layout, and features details introduced in other recent Skoda models – such as its two-spoke steering wheel, fully-digital instruments and optional digital climate control.

You can also spec the new Fabia with connected navigation set-up that receives real-time traffic data and modifies your driving route depending on how busy the roads are. There's also an Amundsen audio upgrade for a more premium sound experience, as well as VW Group's Travel Assist (which bundles lane keep, traffic sign recognition and adaptive cruise into one system).

What engines and trims are available?

Interestingly, there is more contrast here when compared to the Ibiza and Polo. The range starts with naturally-aspirated 65hp and 80hp three-cylinder engines, moves on to a 110hp turbocharged three-cylinder and tops out with a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder making 150hp. That last engine option is unavailable to those wanting a new Ibiza or Polo, at least in the UK.

Lower-powered models come with a five-speed manual transmission as standard, but any version with more than 110hp gets the six-speed 'box. A seven-speed automatic is optional on most models, but comes as standard on Fabias fitted with the 150hp 1.5-litre petrol engine.

We've not heard word on the detailed model trims yet, but expect it to follow the current line-up with S as entry level, going through SE and SE L and topping out with the popular Monte Carlo model.

What this means for you

Skoda says the range will start from under €14,000 in mainland Europe, and expect a starting price in the UK from less than £14,000 when the Fabia goes on sale later in 2021.

It's a stylish addition to the small-car ranks and we expect it to be a more comfortable offering than the SEAT Ibiza sister car, and have a plusher-feeling interior than the Polo. How it compares with the Parkers award-winning Renault Clio as well as the bestselling Vauxhall Corsa and Ford Fiesta remains to be seen - but it's bound to be highly competitive.

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Skoda Fabia (2021) rear view