2021 Skoda Fabia: Fresh tech, new engines and more space

Published 01 March 2021

The all-new Skoda Fabia boasts sharper looks, more tech, a wider range of engines and self-drive. The 2021 model will be released in summer and we predict a start price of around £15,000 - a £500 premium on the outgoing Fabia.

The 2021 Skoda Fabia has only been revealed under wrap form so far, though we can tell that it'll have a bolder grille with a 3D effect finish. The size of that grille will be amplified by the fact that all models get slimline LED headlights, too.

This new model is also 111mm longer and 48mm wider, while being 7mm lower than the car it replaces. There are no interior photos just yet, but Skoda says the new Fabia will be available with a centre 6.8-inch infotainment screen as standard or an optional 9.2-inch version.

It'll also be the first Fabia to be available with the Virtual Cockpit, a 10.2-inch digital instrument binnacle that’ll show information behind the steering wheel. The system, which is already available on many Volkswagen and Audi models, uses a hi-res TFT screen which allows drivers to select from a choice of different displays where you'd normally find a rev counter and speedometer.

Skoda Fabia Rear (1)

We also know it’ll get 380-litre boot – just one litre short of a Volkswagen Golf, a car that sits in the class above. This space stretches to 1190 litres with the back seats folded down. A wheel base that’s 13mm longer than the Polo's should mean adults get a little bit of extra kneeroom in the back of the Skoda, too.

As ever, it's the little (Skoda calls them Simply Clever) things that are likely to endear you to your new Fabia the most. Skoda claims to have squeezed up to 43 practical features into the cabin. 

In terms of engines, the new Fabia will be available with a new top-of-the-range 1.5 TSI unit that produces 110 kW (150PS) from its four cylinders. This is in addition to the 1.0-litre engine with a choice of four outputs (65PS, 80PS, 95PS and 110PS). 65PS-95PS models get a five-speed manual, the 110PS car can be had with a six-speed manual or an optional seven-speed twin-clutch automatic, while the 150PS car only gets the automatic. 

Perhaps more noteworthy are the additional self-drive features that you can now get. They'll likely form part of a package which means the Skoda can accelerate, brake and steer itself on the motorway, as well as driving itself in queuing traffic. Automatic emergency brakes are also fitted, along with automatic parking that can slot the car into perpendicular and bay spaces.

A total of 13 new solutions are making their Fabia debut, bringing the overall options of practical details in the small car to 43. The Fabia offers popular classics - such as the ice scraper in the fuel filler flap with a tyre tread depth gauge and the ticket holder on the A-pillar. The optional USB-C socket on the rear-view mirror is another feature found in other current Skoda models and can be used to power a dashcam, for example, without the cable being in the driver’s view.

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