New Skoda Fabia: specifications, engines and dimensions

A new version of the Skoda Fabia is on the way with a range of efficient engines, plenty of tech and more boot space

James Allen
Mar 31, 2021

It may not be as popular as rivals like the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa, but the Skoda Fabia has long been a great all round choice for drivers after a safe and sensible supermini that offers very good value. Can the latest version pick up where its predecessors have left off?

It will certainly have a similar design: even with all the camouflage on the car in these pictures, it’s clear the new Skoda Fabia will look a fair bit like the version it’s replacing. The inside should get a bit more of a thorough makeover, though, as Skoda claims the new Fabia will come with more advanced interior tech, including a few firsts for the Fabia, such as the fully digital instrument display.

Likewise, the engines have been given a bit of a revamp. While they’re fairly similar on paper to the ones that were available in the outgoing model, the new Fabia’s range of 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre petrol options are claimed to have been made more efficient than ever, with fuel economy of around 56mpg being possible on the most frugal models.

Because it’s a bit bigger this time around, the new Fabia promises to have quite a bit more interior space, especially in terms of luggage space, as its boot capacity of 380 litres rivals what you’ll find in some bigger and more expensive family hatchbacks - such as the outgoing VW Golf. There’s no word yet on whether the new Fabia will follow on from the current car in having a more spacious estate variant, though.

Quick facts

  • Petrol-only engine range
  • Manual and automatic gearbox options
  • Up to 1,190 litres of luggage volume
  • No estate version confirmed yet
  • Should go on sale in 2021
  • Prices to be confirmed

New Skoda Fabia engines

Unlike the car it replaces, the new Skoda Fabia won’t be available with any diesel engines. Instead, the upcoming supermini will only be sold from launch with one of many petrol engine options under the bonnet.

Entry-level versions of the new Fabia will be available with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, with either 65hp or 80hp depending on the version you go for. If you need a bit more punch, there’ll also be a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol in 95hp and 110hp flavours, and drivers after even more power will be catered for by the 150hp 1.5-litre range-topper. Fuel economy figures for these five engines will be confirmed later down the line, though Skoda has suggested the most frugal will be able to return around 56mpg.

All versions of the new Skoda Fabia will be two-wheel drive, but the gearbox that’s fitted will depend on the engine. A five-speed manual is fitted on cars with the 65hp, 80hp and 95hp engines, whereas the 110hp petrol gets the choice of a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic. That same automatic is also the only gearbox available on Skoda Fabias with the 150hp 1.5-litre engine.

New Skoda Fabia specifications and in-car tech

Full specifications will be confirmed closer to launch, though Skoda has announced some of the tech features of the next-gen Fabia. The new supermini will be available with features like a fully digital instrument display, as well as driver aids such as adaptive cruise control and a lane keep assist system that can help prevent the car from leaving its lane on the motorway. However, these are expected to only be available as optional extras, depending on the trim level.

Speaking of trims, Skoda hasn’t yet confirmed how many there will be on the new Fabia, though we expect they’ll be pretty similar to the ones on the outgoing car. The range should start off with an entry level S grade, followed by better equipped SE and SE L models. A slightly sportier looking Monte Carlo spec is anticipated, too.

New Skoda Fabia dimensions

Many new cars tend to be a little bit bigger than the ones they replace, and the latest Skoda Fabia is no exception. Other than a tiny 7mm reduction in height, the new Fabia is larger than its predecessor in pretty much every way. In theory, this means the car will be a bit more spacious inside - with the 11cm increase in length likely to address those customers who thought the old car was a little lacking in the rear seat leg room department.

The Skoda Fabia’s growth spurt has freed up a bit more room in the boot, too. With a luggage volume of 380 litres, not only does the new Fabia have a load area that’s 50 litres larger than the outgoing car’s, but it also means the Skoda’s boot is enough to put larger family hatchbacks like the Vauxhall Astra (370 litres) and Mazda 3 (358 litres) to shame. Fold the rear seats down, and you’ll be able to expand the cargo area to 1,190 litres.

New Skoda Fabia prices and release date

Skoda is still keeping the new Fabia’s release date a closely guarded secret for now, though the car will likely arrive in UK showrooms before late 2021.

Prices also haven’t be confirmed yet, though they shouldn’t be that different to the outgoing Skoda Fabia’s - expect entry-level models to start from around £16,000.

 

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