Skoda Fabia Hatchback (2015 -) Equipment

Review by Graeme Lambert on
Last Updated: 05 Apr 2016
4.5
Bigger, loaded with more equipment and better to drive, the new Skoda Fabia is also a few kilos lighter. While that’s normally a statement more pertinent to Supercars than Superminis, it makes the baby Skoda even more efficient.

4.5 out of 5

Equipment

There are three models of Skoda Fabia here in the UK – for now – starting with the familiar S and moving onto SE. Now though the previous top of the range Elegance model has been changed to SE-L, a designation that will roll out across the rest of the Skoda UK range in time.

Standard Skoda Fabia equipment

If there’s one thing that could be said with confidence about the new Skoda Fabia, it’s that it’s well-equipped from the off. Choose the entry-level S model and you’ll soon forget its standing in the range thanks to Bluetooth connectivity and a DAB radio with USB and SD card input featuring from the off.

Add to that six airbags, electronic stability control, a height and reach adjustable steering wheel, height adjustable driver’s seat, tyre pressure monitoring system and Isofix fittings on the outer rear seats and you’ll be safe in the knowledge that your Fabia is one of the safest superminis around.

Outside the heated, electrically adjustable, door mirrors (and door handles) are body-coloured while stop/start and brake energy regeneration ensures you use the least fuel possible. You might need to make use of the electric front windows when the weather warms up though, as air conditioning is conspicuous in its absence.

For that you’ll need to upgrade to SE models, which add manual air-conditioning, an Arkamys surround sound package with six speakers, leather wrapped steering wheel, gearlever and handbrake to the interior ambience. A Maxi Dot trip computer keeps you informed of what the car is doing while the Bolero radio upgrade adds MirroLink technology to connect your Smartphone to the car.

By doing so you can see on screen just what you would on your phone (apps permitting) and utilise navigation or other apps useful to your journey. There’s no on-board navigation option available across the whole Fabia range, so this is the only way to self-map on the move.

Safety in the SE is taken care of by Front Assist which warns you of an impending collision will brake the car to a stop (from low speeds) if it detects you haven’t reacted in time, either lessening or avoiding completely the impact. There’s also a speed limiter to ensure you don’t stray unintentionally over the limit, while outside SE models wear smart 15-inch alloy wheels.

For most the SE-L model will be equipment overdose, but for those wanting the finest Fabia money can buy will likely enjoy the upgraded leather steering wheel with controls for the stereo and telephone, climate control, keyless go, front armrest and cruise control. These models also have LED daytime running lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, front foglights and an automatically dimming rear mirror.

Optional Skoda Fabia accessories

There’s a range of optional kit available on the new Skoda Fabia, including myriad safety additions. The big news for the latest model is the Colour Concept, muscling in on the precedent set by the original MINI which allows buyers to customise their chosen Fabia with different colour schemes for the body, roof, wheels and mirror caps. There’s even a denim interior option.

Another way of personalising your Fabia is to add a interior ‘foil’ to the dashboard panel in front of the passenger seat. Owners can print a personal picture of their choosing onto this vinyl ‘sticker’ and place this onto the dashboard.

If you want the cabin to feel even bigger than it is then the Panoramic glass roof is a sensible choice. Although it doesn’t open to the elements, it does have retractable blinds to alter the amount of light you want in the car, and uses heat resistant glass to ensure the temperature doesn’t get to greenhouse levels.

Monte Carlo special edition

Sporty in both name and appearance, is the "Monte Carlo" edition. We’ve only seen the European spec sheet but Skoda says it’ll be a similar proposition when it comes to the UK.

The special trim adds black alloy wheels, optional sports suspension, tinted rear and rear side windows and a tinted panoramic glass roof. Inside the car you get a three-spoke sports leather steering wheel, black interior and sports seats.

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Equipment

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  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
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