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Skoda Fabia review - Interior, design and technology

The Skoda Fabia has sharper exterior styling, a quality feel to the cabin and plenty of standard kit

The fourth-gen Fabia is a bigger car than its predecessor and, with its sharper exterior styling, cuts a more modern shape on the road. The front-end includes Skoda’s latest grille and swept-back headlights, along with active cooling vents in the lower bumper that can shut to improve efficiency when travelling at cruising speeds.

At the rear, Skoda has included wider light clusters, a tailgate spoiler and new brand script across the boot lid which helps inject some much needed flair to the Fabia’s appearance. The stylish theme continues inside, with the cabin finished in surprisingly high-quality materials and a clear, well-organised dash layout. It all combines to deliver an appealing package, although we feel the Peugeot 208 still just about edges the Fabia for interior charm.

Standard kit is a highlight with the Fabia; the entry S trim includes LED headlights, a DAB radio, Bluetooth, a 6.5-inch colour media display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and manual air-conditioning. Upgrading to the SE Comfort specification brings 15-inch alloy wheels, a multi-function steering wheel, height-adjustable front seats and rear parking sensors.

If you’re after improved tech, then the SE L has the answer in the form of a bigger 9.2-inch touchscreen, while the Colour Edition model adds the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display. Other features on top-spec Fabia versions include cruise control, dual-zone climate control and keyless start.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

The Fabia gets the most up-to-date infotainment technology used across other VW Group brands. The touchscreen controlling the in-car media looks smart, with sharp graphics, although it could be quicker to load certain functions. 

Top-of-the range models feature a 10-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display, with a variety of useful screen layouts and information that is easy to read on the move. We think it’s the best set-up available compared to systems found in close rivals.

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