The new model is 10mm longer, 90mm wider and 31mm lower than its predecessor, which gives it a 4257mm length, 1732mm width and 1467mm height. It has a 30mm wider track at both the front and the rear and a wheelbase that is 5mm longer.
The Fabia Combi has a 530-litre boot capacity, which is 25 litres up on its predecessor and a class leading figure according to Skoda. Folding the rear bench increases load space to 1395 litres, which is actually 90 litres less than the outgoing car.
The seat can be folded down in two positions, with the seat folding first and then the backrest.
Skoda claims items up to 1550mm in length can be accommodated in the car. The loading sill is 611mm off the ground to make loading easy, and the tailgate opens to 1900mm and is 1028mm wide.
The car's interior is wider by 21mm and longer 8mm and although the car is now slightly lower, there is more headroom for the driver and front passenger.
The Fabia Combi adopts elements of VW's modular MQB technology, such as the engines, electro-mechanical steering and electrical architecture.
The engines powering the new Fabia Combi are on average 17 per cent more efficient compared to the units in the second-generation model. These improvements are the result of a new generation of petrol and diesel engines, improved aerodynamics and all-round weight reduction. On average the car has lost 55kg across the range, the weight of the lightest variant – the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol – is down to 1004kg.