New Skoda Fabia ‘perfect small but big car’
Includes 17 ‘Simply Clever’ features’
The new Skoda Fabia is very impressive offering lots of space for five occupants and a boot which is the largest within the small car segment. It is the ideal car for modern yet practical urban mobility.
The interior passenger space in the new Fabia is slightly longer and larger than its predecessor and at the same time provides the driver and passengers with increased headroom. Although the new model is 8 mm shorter than its predecessor, its interior length has increased by around 8 mm to 1,674 mm. Elbow room is also greater at 1,401 mm (21 mm longer) at the front and 1,386 mm (2 mm longer) at the rear. The luggage compartment has a capacity of 330 litres, which is 15 litres more than the previous model and is considerably bigger than comparable competitors’ models. With the rear seats folded down, loading capacity increases to up to 1,150 litres. It also boasts a spacious rear access width of 1,098 mm, a tailgate that swings open to 1,915 mm and a low sill height which makes loading easier. The loading area is 960 mm wide, which is 2 cm wider than the previous generation.
Depending on which specification chosen there are up to nine new ‘Simply Clever’ features available on the new Fabia. It is the first Skoda to feature MirrorLink™ technology. It allows smartphone apps to be displayed on the screen of the infotainment system which, amongst other things, takes the use of navigation software or personal music files to a new level. Connection is quick and easy, just connect the smartphone to the Bolero system via a USB cable, select and activate MirrorLink™ mode on the radio and MirrorLink™-certified apps will be mirrored on the infotainment system’s display.
Other ‘SImply Clever’ features include the standard parking ticket holder on the inside of the left-hand A-pillar and the two optional bag hooks in the boot. Two storage nets are also available as an option for the boot to keep the area tidy. The hat shelf can be left in its normal position, but can also serve as horizontal partition or be stored vertically behind the rear seats. In addition, an optional flexible storage compartment for the boot will hold miscellaneous objects in place. Another ‘Simply Clever’ feature is the corner light function of the fog lamps. The new Fabia now features an ice scraper in the fuel filler cap and the new multimedia device cradle in the centre console is the perfect place to store a mobile phone, smartphone or an iPod. A rubbish bin is available for the side door together with storage nets on the inside edges of the front seats that hold miscellaneous small items.