Skoda has launched the all-new fourth generation Fabia, which will go on sale at the end of September priced from £14,905.
It will arrive in UK dealerships towards the end of the year, when first customer deliveries take place.
The new supermini is based on the VW Group’s MQB-AO platform, alongside the Seat Ibiza and VW Polo, although Skoda engineers have stretched the body to make the Fabia the largest car in its class.
At more than 4.0m in length, the new Fabia is 111mm longer than its predecessor. It also benefits from improved handing and refinement as a result of the new underpinnings.
Boot space has grown to 380 litres, while interior passage space has also been boosted.
In keeping with other recently-launched Skoda models, the Fabia features an all-new interior complete with a central floating touchscreen and digital instruments.
The Fabia can be specified with some comfort features that were previously reserved for higher-tier vehicles, including a heated windscreen and dual-zone climate control with air vents for rear-seat passengers.
The UK line-up will include S, SE Comfort, SE L and Colour Edition trim levels, while a sporty Monte Carlo variant will follow later.
The entry-level S trim features LED headlights, Front Assist, Pedestrian Protection and Lane Assist including road edge detection. It also has DAB, a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system and air conditioning.
SE Comfort (from £16,795) adds 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights and a two-spoke leather multifunction steering wheel. SE customers will also benefit from rear parking sensors, height-adjustable front seats, adjustable lumbar support in front seats and leather-wrapped handbrake lever and gearshift knob.
Colour Edition Fabias (from £17,495) are fitted with 16-inch black alloy wheels, privacy glass and door mirrors painted in roof colour. There’s an infotainment system with and eight-inch colour display, a digital instrument cluster and keyless entry.
The range-topping Fabia SE L (from £18,980) includes 16-inch alloy wheels, comfort seats, additional chrome trim, ambient lighting, a 9.2-inch infotainment display, climate control and a front centre armrest.
Skoda says the SE Comfort and SE L trims will appeal to drivers looking for an" excellent drive and a well-appointed interior that features luxury touches, offering great value-for-money". Colour Edition focuses on style that can be personalised and the latest tech for "gadget-focussed buyers".
Five petrol engines will be offered, starting with an entry-level 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit with 65PS or 85PS. Turbocharged versions with 95PS and 110PS will also be available, along with a range-topping 1.5-litre 150PS unit.
Skoda claims the new Fabia’s body has been developed to reduce drag which, in conjunction with a new active grille shutter, leads to improved fuel consumption, lower CO2 emissions and also reduced cabin noise.
Enhanced driver assistance features, including Travel Assist – the VW Group’s adaptive cruise control and lane keeping package, will be offered on the Fabia for the first time.
This can be activated at the touch of a button and combines several assistance systems to automatically adjust the speed of the car and keep it in lane. There is also a blind spot monitoring system that warns the driver of vehicles that are up to 70m away.
In keeping with the rest of the Skoda range, the new Fabia implements a variety of ‘Simply Clever’ features, designed to make day-to-day use easier. These include an ice scraper in the fuel filler flap with a tyre tread depth gauge, a car park ticket holder on the A-pillar and an umbrella in the driver’s door.