New Skoda Fabia: Spacious, Cost Effective & Safe
The 2015 Skoda Fabia is a spacious, cost effective and safe range of hatchbacks and estates. Enhancements over its predecessor include the more spacious cabin that is longer, wider and has more headroom. Skoda says the hatchback's cargo capacity is larger too – by 15-litres - and the best in class. Volume is 330-litres rising to 1,150 with the rear seats folded flat. Furthermore, the luggage cover can be lowered to create a shelf for fragile items. Extra storage comes courtesy of compartments beneath the 2 front seats.
The new Fabia estate is even more spacious. Cargo capacity is 530-litres rising to 1,395 with the rear seats flat. Skoda, once again, says the boot is the “largest in its segment”. The loading floor also is wider than the outgoing model, at 960mm. Optional extras include the interior bike holder, and mid-level floor that sits flush with the sill to make it easier to slide in heavy items.
New Skoda Fabia: Engines
The 2015 Fabia is powered by a range of fuel efficient engines that minimise running costs. Diesels include the: 1.4 90PS (5-speed manual or 7-speed automatic), and the 1.4 TDI 105PS (5-speed manual). Carbon emissions range from 88 to 99g/km so – as this is below the 100g/km threshold – diesel models can be taxed for free. Average fuel consumption varies from 74.3 to 83.1mpg – and 0-62mph times from 10.1 to 11.3 seconds.
Petrols engines include the: 1.0 MPI 60PS (5-speed manual), 1.0 MPI 75PS (5-speed manual), 1.2 TSI 90PS (5-speed manual) and the 1.2 TSI 110PS (6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic). Average fuel consumption ranges from 58.9mpg to 61.4mpg and carbon emissions from 104 to 110g/km. 0-62mph times vary from 9.4 to 15.7 seconds.
New Skoda Fabia: Trims
The Fabia S has: a tyre pressure monitoring system, electric front windows, digital radio, Bluetooth and powered mirrors. The SE adds: alloy wheels, black roof rails (estate), air-conditioning, rear parking sensors, alarm and a leather trimmed handbrake and gear stick. The SE L benefits from: LED daytime running lights, climate control, cruise control and the key-less engine start/stop system.
New Skoda Fabia: Anything else
Euro NCAP – the independent body that assesses new vehicle safety – awarded the new Fabia its maximum, 5-star, safety rating.
It also claimed a Red Dot Award for “its outstanding product design”, the manufacturer says. The Red Dot Award is presented annually by an international panel of experts – and this year alone there were 4,928 submissions from 1,994 participants.
New Skoda Fabia: Prices
New Skoda Fabia hatchback prices range from £10,600 to £17,240 on the road. The estate costs £12,460 to £18,385.