A new look, no diesel engines and updated equipment lead the comprehensively updated supermini - it’s on sale in the later months of the year

The facelifted Skoda Fabia has been unveiled ahead of its official appearance at the Geneva motor show next month. 

Leading the updates is the removal of a diesel option from the car’s engine lineup - the only engines available are 1.0-litre three-cylinder engines, with between 59 and 109bhp. The 1.4-litre diesel from the current Fabia will no longer be an option, post-facelift.

The two higher-powered engines are particulate filter-equipped TSI units, while the lower power engines are naturally-aspirated MPI engines. The highest-power engine can be equipped with a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox. 

Skoda claims that the petrol engines are as frugal and cheap to run as their diesel counterparts, hence the petrol-only engine options. Diesels typically sell in far smaller numbers in the supermini segment, so slow sales has also influenced the decision. 98% of Fabia sales are currently petrol, while just 2% are diesels. 

Higher-spec technology has trickled down from Skoda’s larger models into the Fabia, which now includes a blind spot monitor, rear traffic alert system (which alerts the driver of approaching traffic when reversing) and automatic high beam assistance. 

In addition to the tweaked front-end design and tech, the new Fabia gets a refreshed interior, with two-tone seats and new interior strips. The instrument cluster has been redesigned, and Skoda’s signature ‘Simply Clever’ features have been updated, including a tyre tread depth measurement tool integrated into the filler-cap-stowed ice scraper. The Fabia estate gets an LED torch in the boot, while both cars are available with rear-seat USB ports. 

The infotainment system has been given a boost - it’s now a 6.5in system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto integrated, as well as real-time journey data when equipped with sat-nav. 

The Fabia is Skoda’s second-best-seller in the UK, with 19,275 registered in the UK last year, compared with 20,493 Octavias

No price increase is planned, but with UK specs unconfirmed, the car’s £10,495 entry price could move either way. UK deliveries are set to be a few weeks later than European deliveries, but first customers will receive their cars well before 2019. 

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8 February 2018

"Skoda claims that the petrol engines are as frugal and cheap to run as their diesel counterparts, hence the petrol-only engine options. Diesels typically sell in far smaller numbers in the supermini segment, so it’s likely that slow sales has also influenced the decision. "

Nothing to do with VAG dieselgate - no siree, just a pure coincidence......

Please AC, drop the scales from your eyes and stop lauding VAG - they deserve to be castigated for what they've done.

9 February 2018
odie_the_dog wrote:

"Skoda claims that the petrol engines are as frugal and cheap to run as their diesel counterparts, hence the petrol-only engine options. Diesels typically sell in far smaller numbers in the supermini segment, so it’s likely that slow sales has also influenced the decision. "

Nothing to do with VAG dieselgate - no siree, just a pure coincidence......

Please AC, drop the scales from your eyes and stop lauding VAG - they deserve to be castigated for what they've done.

Zzz, usual twoddle from you.

8 February 2018

Dropping diesels is huge news for this model!

The mk1 Fabia sold well because of the availability of the SDi engine, and the TDi made it's way into the incredible VRS model.

8 February 2018

VW are only confirming what most of us all ready knew. Times move on as has the petrol 1.0 triple.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

8 February 2018
xxxx wrote:

VW are only confirming what most of us all ready knew. Times move on as has the petrol 1.0 triple.

Sub-12k car? Sorry Mr Know-it-all, but don’t dismiss the Fabia as a sub-12k car unless you know that nobody uses a Fabia for high mileages - like me.

I’ve had the 1.0 petrol engines as courtesy cars several times and they don’t match the economy of the diesel - which isn’t that great in the first place (57mpg vs about 45mpg motorway driving). So that’s nonsense.

Ignoring those 2% of customers is further justification that I won’t be considering another Skoda - but that was going to happen anyway after the diesel news. 

Just don’t assume you know everyone’s driving habits, please.


"Work hard and be nice to people"

8 February 2018

Dacia Sandero looks amaizing compared to this.

8 February 2018

True, but I bet you don't get a LED torch in the boot like in the Estate version!

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

8 February 2018

No doubt it will continue to be very popular with private buyers.

Dropping Dirty D was inevitable.

Steam cars are due a revival.

8 February 2018

....including or dealing with all or nearly all elements or aspects of something.

.....hmmmmmm.............

 

Everyone has a right to an opinion - don't confuse that with insulting your mother :-)

8 February 2018

I like the styling of this generation Fabia, a massive improvement over the awkward-looking second generation, and regaining some of the chunky appeal of the original. These little tweaks have done nothing to spoil that, it certainly looks more interesting to my eyes than the latest Polo.

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