After Volkswagen overhauled the Polo and SEAT has done the same for its Ibiza counterpart in recent days, it’s now Skoda’s turn to tweak the Fabia. While its sister models received a mid-cycle update, the Czech supermini is moving to a new generation that finally brings the small hatchback in line with its MQB A0 siblings.
The Fabia Mk4 is a big departure from its predecessor on all fronts. As expected for a Skoda, it’s larger than its platform-sharing counterparts to allow for a roomy interior and best-in-class functionality. At 4,108 millimeters (161.7 inches) in length, the not-so-small hatch is now 111 mm (4.4 inches) longer than before. Most of the stretch is in the wheelbase, now 94mm (3.7in) longer than before to reach a generous 2564mm (101in).
It remains a city-oriented car as before, but with a cargo capacity of 50 liters (1.76 cubic feet) to become a 380-liter (13.4 cubic feet) VW Golf Mk8, the Fabia is now big enough for a weekend getaway. Fold the back seat and the total volume increases to 1190 liters (42 cu ft). The all-new bodywork is also a lot sleeker than before, with the drag coefficient dropping from 0.32 to what Skoda says is a segment leader 0.28 in improving fuel efficiency.
Numerous spy snaps had painted a precise picture of what to expect from exterior design long before today’s debut. The mini-Scala vibe shouldn’t be a big surprise, but Skoda spices things up with new Sunset Orange and Graphite Gray paints and up to 18-inch wheels. High-end versions of the Fabia will be offered with a contrasting Black Magic or Graphite Gray color for the roof, side mirror caps and front grille frame.
As expected from press images released at the launch of a new model, the adjacent gallery features a top-of-the-range Fabia with full LED lights at the front and rear as well as a panoramic glass roof . It also has a grille-mounted radar for security and assistance systems, as well as sensors for the parking aid that operates up to 40 km / h and supports steering.
The interior has been completely redesigned and it also has a strong Scala (and Kamiq) inspiration. Some would argue that it also looks like the facelift of the cabin station of the Ibizia, right down to the circular air vents introduced by SEAT for the mid-cycle update of the supermini. The Fabia finally gets the company’s 10.25-inch digital dashboard and touchscreen infotainment up to 9.2 inches in size.
Skoda Fabia 2021
SEAT Ibiza 2021
Other first-time applications for the Fabia include dual-zone climate control, heated steering wheel, heated windshield, ambient LED lighting and central air vents for the rear seats. There is also a center armrest in the rear which we rarely see in the competitive segment of B sedans in Europe. The shift to the last foundations of the VW Group brought some profound changes, including improvements not visible to the naked eye. We are specifically talking about a quieter cabin after doing aeroacoustic simulations to detect and eliminate sources of noise.
The engine lineup includes the familiar suspects, with a naturally aspirated 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine. It is offered with an output of 65 or 80 horsepower, and in both cases it develops 93 Newton-meters (69 pound-feet) of torque transmitted to the wheels exclusively through a five-speed manual transmission. This base Fabia takes its time reaching 100 km / h, taking 15.5 seconds with the lower MPI engine before reaching 107 mph (172 km / h) and 15.1 seconds for the en-route sprint to 111 mph ( 179 km / h) with the slightly more powerful engine.
Switch to the turbocharged 1.0-liter engine and power climbs to 95 hp and 175 Nm (129 lb-ft) while staying true to the five-speed manual transmission. This setup is good for a sprint in 10.6 seconds and a top speed of 121 mph (195 km / h). The more robust version with 110 hp and 148 lb-ft (200 Nm) switches to a six-speed manual or optional seven-speed DSG and covers the sprint in 9.7 seconds (9.5 s with the automatic) before reaching a maximum of 127 mph (205 km / h).
The flagship Skoda Fabia will see the return of a four-cylinder engine, a 1.5 TSI with 150 hp and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) as seen in the larger Scala and Octavia. Offered only with the DSG, the larger powertrain helps the sleek supermini complete the sprint in 7.9 seconds and hit a respectable top speed of 225 km / h.
The Fabia lost its diesel engine with the facelift of the third generation model and will not return for the Mk4. It also lacks any kind of electrification, so those looking for a mild hybrid, full hybrid, or plug-in hybrid setup will have to look elsewhere. The flip side is that all gasoline engines are from the Evo family, which means they are equipped with the latest fuel consumption technology.
Speaking of which, the electronically controlled cooling vents in the lower intake reduce fuel consumption by 0.2 liters / 100 km at a constant speed of 120 km / h. Aero wheels also play their part in maximizing every drop of gasoline used. Skoda will sell an optional 50-liter fuel tank to provide diesel-like range of over 900 kilometers (559 miles) based on the WLTP cycle.
It wouldn’t be a real Skoda without a huge range of Simply Clever goodies, and the Fabia offers 43 nifty little features. Five of them make their debut on a car sold by the Mladá Boleslav brand: removable cup holder between the front seats, credit card clip in the center console, storage container on the transmission tunnel for rear passengers, flexible trunk compartment and sun visor for the panoramic roof.
Skoda’s second best-selling car after the Octavia, the Fabia has racked up more than 4.5 million sales since its launch in 1999. Initially available only as a sedan version, the Mk4 will receive a wagon version in 2023. In the meantime, the The current Fabia Mk3 wagon will be sold alongside the revamped hatch.