The new Fabia makes the historic stint on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB-A0 supermini platform used by the Audi A1 Sportback, Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo, abandoning the PQ architecture used in various iterations since the arrival of the Mk1 Fabia in 1999.
These much more modern foundations incorporate “improved comfort features and numerous [driver] assistance systems ”, as well as a range of more efficient powertrains.
The sedan is expected to launch in the UK early next year, priced at around £ 13,500, and Skoda has confirmed that the single version of the estate will return as well, most likely in 2023.
The Fabia is 111mm longer than before, at 4,108mm, and 48mm wider, at 1,780mm. Its wheelbase has been lengthened from 2,470mm to 2,564mm to improve space inside, especially at the rear, while the trunk, up from 50 liters to 380 liters, is considered the largest of all. the supermini on sale today.
The design cues of the new Fabia are only evolutionary, but bring it closer to the new Skodas, including the Scala, Kodiaq and Enyaq iV.
Thin headlamps (standard LEDs), new fog lights and a redesigned bumper are the most obvious changes up front, while the new-look rear also reflects the latest Skodas, with the brand name. inscribed on the trunk lid, optional LED brake lights and a more prominent spoiler.
Chief designer Oliver Stefani hailed the new Fabia as “much more dynamic and grown-up” than the Mk3 and said: “We have deliberately not changed the essence of the Fabia: as is typical of a Skoda , it is a functional daily and practical companion. “
A highlight of the redesign is the improved aerodynamic efficiency offered to superminis. Its drag coefficient of 0.28 Cd is down from 0.32 Cd previously and is considered “a record in the small car segment”.
Skoda highlights active cooling flaps improving aerodynamics up front which, when closed, can apparently save “up to 0.2 liters” of fuel per 62 miles at a constant speed of 75 mph, or 5 g of CO2 per kilometer.
The new spoiler, redesigned exterior mirrors and “side spoilers” also help improve efficiency by minimizing turbulence around the rear. There are even newly designed plastic trims for the wheels and additional underbody panels for better air circulation. In addition, the new Fabia is said to be more stable than the outgoing version, with a “robust body structure” and “high torsional rigidity”.