The Fabia has always been one of the larger superminis and has often been styled in such a way as to make that pretty evident from the kerb. The memory of the first-generation car’s slightly dumpling-like looks were at least partly banished when the third-generation version appeared in 2014, though, and they’ve now given way to an even more sharply drawn design in this fourth-generation model.
Some of the car’s soft-jawed, friendly old visual charm has certainly gone, too. It could be argued that the Fabia is now like a car that, without its glossy wide radiator grille, could be inserted into the current VW, Audi or Skoda showroom line-up without anyone really noticing. But the car nonetheless looks very smart, modern and presentable – if a bit modern-VW-Group-generic.
It has grown more than any Fabia iteration before it: by 111mm in overall length, in fact, to 4108mm. That makes it the biggest car in its class and the only one longer than 4.1m – the kind of length you generally need a Nissan Juke-sized crossover to breach. Indeed, Skoda reckons those who need more space will opt for a crossover, so the estate version will not return for this generation of the Fabia.
The car’s width (without mirrors) is 1780mm, making it slightly wider than Britain’s best-selling Vauxhall Corsa (1765mm), but quite a bit wider than Europe’s best-selling Renault Clio (1728mm). It’s still easy enough to squeeze into the average parking bay, though.