New Skoda Fabia specs and details revealed at Paris

3 Oct, 2014 9:50am Jonathan Burn

New 2014 Skoda Fabia to go on sale from £10,600, ready to hit showrooms early next year

The Fabia is Skoda’s most popular model in the UK, and with the new third-generation supermini ready to hit showrooms early next year Skoda has unveiled it to the world at the Paris Motor Show.

We were recently given a sneak preview of the car and spoke to senior exterior designer, Marko Jevtic about it.

“First of all, there is better packaging, the proportions are healthier,” said Jevtic. “The previous model was too tall and looked a little heavy over the rear wheels. The new model has a much better balance.”

With the third-generation model, Skoda was keen to revert back to the Fabia’s original, first-generation design, and added 90mm to the width of the car, while taking 30mm from its height.

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“It [the new model] has the qualities of the first Fabia,” added Jevtic. “We wanted its simplicity; we did not want to overload the design. The car is not fashion; people who buy it will want the car to look good in five years’ time, so we added a pinch of sharpness.”

One criticism often directed towards Skoda is that its models do not distance themselves enough from parent group Volkswagen. “We are trying to differentiate models,” said Jevtic, “but they are part of a family and every good family will have some common DNA, so we have common elements to the design.”

The engine range from the latest VW Polo will be adopted by the Fabia, too, with prices starting from £10,600.

Skoda Fabia: new design

Skoda hinted at its new styling direction with the Vision C concept at March’s Geneva Motor Show, and the Fabia has embraced many of those design cues, with its contoured bonnet and chrome-framed grille. They help portray a more upmarket look, while wide-set foglights are embedded low in the bumper for a broader stance.

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A sharp waistline stretches from the angular headlights to the tail-lamps, to give a longer appearance. But this latest model hasn’t only been restricted to an injection of style, as the new Fabia also boasts inflated proportions. It’s 90mm wider and 30mm lower than the outgoing model, so it should be more stable and practical. It’s the same length as before, but a longer wheelbase will increase interior passenger space.

Boot capacity will also grow from 315 to 330 litres, and by folding the rear seats flat, buyers will be able to free up a maximum luggage space of 1,195 litres – that’s 15 litres more than before. But for those wanting that little bit extra, Skoda will offer an estate version of the Fabia, too – we’re told that this will feature “class-leading space”.

Skoda Fabia 2014 price and release date

The car has debuted in the metal at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, and with a focus on efficiency, practicality and style, it will attempt to outgun the class-leading Ford Fiesta when it goes on sale in the UK early next year.

Skoda has revealed prices for the new Fabia hatch, which will start from £10,600. First UK deliveries of the new car will be in January 2015. The range also offers a significant equipment upgrade over the last model.

The range kicks off with the S trim level, which includes Bluetooth, DAB, electric front windows and six airbags as standard. SE cars cost from £12,760, adding front assist, air-con, alloy wheels, front parking sensors, the MirrorLink infotainment system, and a leather steering wheel. 

Elegance variants sit at the top of the range, costing from £13,610, and add larger 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, automatic air-con, a multi-function steering wheel, cruise control and keyless go. 

The cheapest S model you can buy is the £10,600 1.0-litre petrol with 59bhp, while the most expensive is a £15,909 89bhp 1.4 TDI paired up to a DSG gearbox.

The SE range kicks off with a more powerful 1.0-litre unit, boasting 74bhp. Buyers can also have a 1.2-litre turbo with 89bhp or 109bhp and the 89bhp 1.4 TDI.   

The Elegance line-up offers the broadest array of engines, including a 1.4 TDI with 104bhp which isn’t available anywhere else in the line-up. That engine will cost you £16,840. 

As well as all the standard kit, Skoda has introduced a Colour Concept system, which is aiming to offer buyers a new level of personalisation. The manufacturer says there are 15 different body colours to choose from as well as a number of different wheel, roof and wing mirror options.

New Skoda Fabia engine range

The company has also turned to owner Volkswagen for help with the revised engine range, and the 59bhp and 74bhp 1.0-litre petrol three-cylinders from the VW Polo will be offered in the Fabia for the first time. Higher-powered 89bhp and 109bhp 1.2-litre TSI engines will also be borrowed from the Polo.

Fuel-sipping diesel options will comprise 89bhp or 103bhp 1.4-litre TDI engines – both of which will emit less than 90g/km of CO2.

Shortly after the Fabia’s launch, a more efficient 74bhp GreenLine model using the 1.4 TDI will follow. This will be one of the cleanest superminis on sale, promising 91mpg economy and only 82g/km of CO2. Only Toyota’s 75g/km Yaris Hybrid can trump it.

New Skoda Fabia 2014 rear

The development of the current model’s platform will be central to these big reductions in running costs. The new Fabia won’t ride on a shrunken version of the VW Group’s modular MQB architecture, but will feature a number of its components. This should help ensure the car weighs less than 1,000kg when fitted with the base 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine – a reduction of around 40kg.

Inside, more features will be shared with the Polo. All cars get a revised dash with a touchscreen, while higher-spec models feature a 6.5-inch display with smartphone MirrorLink function, along with a reversing camera.

Tell us what you think of the new Skoda Fabia in the comments section below. Then check out the cars the Fabia has to beat in our best superminis round-up...

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However well informed this is, we are only dealing with a "what might be". Hopefully it might turn out a tad more enterprising (Pinky and Perky are preparing for take off) but what we see here is rather too like the current model; a sort of Chapel Elder on wheels.

The current Fabia is selling extremely well for Skoda, despite its aging looks and rather uninspiring interiors. The Monte Carlo and vRS models are fine, but it is letting the rest of the excellent range down. Hopefully, the new version will be more funky, more upmarket materials used and have a more youthful appeal than the current one. And have a DIESEL vRS model with a proper gearbox option, not just DSG!

You claim the Fabia is selling well which I find surprising as I hardly ever see one.

Concept looks are to good to be true when it comes to the production model, i hope it really it does make production like this but i doubt it, just as the new octavia concept hype but the production model boring & bland it's more of a revamp than a whole new base.

Seems like you don't live near old homes. That's the place to find this rare breed of car. If one car needs updating its Fabia.

Oh dear, another stereotypical comment. Have you looked on Briskoda forum? Loads of younger people with Fabia MonteCarlo and vRS models. Sales breaking new records here too. When it does get replaced, it HAS to be more modern and less OAP than this current one though, that I do agree on.

I wonder how the sales figures of the current Fabia compare with the previous generation: I don't seem to see so many of the newer one, but the old one was really popular, still is. I think the looks play a big part in this. The first generation was a nicely proportioned, solid looking car, but the present one has always suffered with looking too tall and narrow. Hopefully Skoda will have learned from their mistakes.

There are currently over 200,000 Fabias on UK roads alone, so you must drive with your eyes shut!

Needs to have a diesel VRS again, both manual and DSG plus a three door version would be a good idea

This update will be very welcome when it arrives. I feel that the current model looked awkward when compared to the previous one. If these pictures are anything to go by the new model will be a big improvement and will fit in nicely with the rest of the Skoda range.

Price and release date?? Where??

Stating that a car will be released in 2014 is not really giving us a release date. Similarly saying "it’ll probably cost slightly more than the current Fabia, which starts at £9,945" is not giving us the price. What does this piece actually tell us that we didn't already know?

Is this the one with the dreadful 1.4 turbo-supercharged engines that do 6,000 miles before they do a grenade impression and leave owners with a £3,000 repair bill?

Ah! well there was a dirty great Skoda advert at the head of the page when I clicked on it. This would explain why a thread that was started months ago was brought back.
Cynical, moi?

The current Fabia is an excellent all round car. I agree it is needs a more modern look now as it does look a bit dated compared to other models. A more modern design will attract different buyers as it a very good car. Looking forward to seeing official images.

The 'dreadful' engine isn't purely a Skoda issue, you need to start mocking VW, Audi and Seat.

And one more time!

Fabia RS 2010, 70 000 km broke down. Do NOT ever byu RS!!

i have a vrs with a 1.9 diesel please build a new version as the
old one is a bit of devil but a excellent car & veary reliable

drive

And again! (They might have mentioned also that the new version is suffering from "size creep" as Autocar have managed to do)

For a second time , we agree! This thread is ages old, that pic is a mock-up, the new Fabia will take bolder styling cues from the Vision C concept, and will be lower, wider and more appealing across the range than the current one, which despite being 7 years old, is still selling extremely well.

Glad to know it! However we will have to disagree about the term "bolder" in relation to the Vision C concept. IMHO this is another Skoda exercise which makes rather a mockery of the concept of "concept" with a mockery of the word "Vision" thrown in as well. However I suspect the clientele are a bit too stolid (whatever their age) to take kindly to too much flair and clearly Skoda know their market.

It doesn't need to have the vRS badge, it would just be a great little car, if it had some small tweaks to the suspension & steering setup and say a sporty 1.6 petrol engine.

It's a small car, so doesn't need a monster engine.

What Skoda need to do is bring some of the best parts of the interior of the Octavia and transplant them in the Fabia, as some people like the interior or the Octavia, but can't afford or need the size of it (Octavia) & the Fabia is the perfect size for them.

After a lifetime in the Motor Trade and technically qualified, I am now in a new Yeti having been satisfied with a 2007 Fabia for 4 years.
Skodas are well made and durable so no longer deserve to be ridiculed, not as 'bargain' priced as before but good value.
Both my (30 something) sons have old shape Fabias and are pleased with their comfort and practicality. One has 140,000 miles and has NEVER broken down!

The vRS is being dropped because the Twincharged CAVE and CTHE engines have been a disaster causing Skoda no end of PR problems.

I agree I have one too it's very naughty but would not sell it ever! The vrs would sell so well if they gave it back it's Diesel engine and a normal gear box

Another dull looking Skoda... decent design needn't cost extra!

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