The Fabia is Skoda’s best-selling model next to the Octavia and has sold more than 3-million models as of 2015. To keep a ball that large rolling at full momentum, Skoda found it necessary to redesign the Fabia for the 2015 model year. For the third generation, the Fabia has evolved into a car that sits lower and wider and has shed even more weight compared to its predecessor. On the outside, the car has wider headlights and a wide air dam to go with a sleek side profile and a more squared rear end. Inside, the car has a wide feel to it, with more passenger space and increased cargo room. There is a new infotainment system based on VW’s MIB technology that brings smartphone connectivity via Mirrorlink and SmarGate connectivity protocols – a first for any Skoda. Under the hood, there is a choice of 2 gasoline engines tuned to deliver between 59 horsepower and 1098 horsepower and one diesel engine that delivers 88 horsepower or 103 horsepower. Not bad for a small hatchback.

We would like to see better interior materials as well as a better fit and finish, but the car starts out below $17,000 so at that price point, you can only expect so much. The competition is strong too, with models like the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Up, and a handful of other tiny hatchbacks that anxiously compete for the title of best seller in this competitive segment. As the story goes, Skoda hopes that the new Fabia will continue to be a big seller like the first- and second-gen models, from an initial standpoint, it looks like it Skoda might be in some luck. Be that as it may, check out the full review below to see how it competes in its very competitive market.

Read on to learn how Skoda has kept the Fabia fresh.

  • 2015 Skoda Fabia
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  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    59 @ 5000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    70 @ 3000
  • Displacement:
    1.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    15.7 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    100 mph
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As the third generation of the Fabia line, Skoda felt it necessary to imbue the hatchback with new design language that’s “sportier and emotionally rich.”

“For the first time, a Skoda vehicle incorporates design elements of the VisionC design study,” says Dr. Frank Welsch, Skoda Board Member for Technical Development. “We also transferred some of the genes from our rally cars to create the most emotionally rich Fabia ever,” says Dr Welsch.

Overall, the car looks much less humdrum, with sharper angles and more muscular lines.

Dimensionally, the new Fabia is 0.3 inch shorter, 3.5 inches wider, and 1.2 inches lower than the outgoing model. The width allows for wider headlights and a lower front air dam that’s bookended by foglights. The headlights have black interior housings, updated from the crystal housing from 2014. The hood has a more distinct crease running lengthwise from the front badge towards the windshield. This crease is echoed in the flanks, where the shoulder line sees visual enhancement running back from the headlights. The pillars are slimmer, while the C-pillar is a bit more raked as well. Overall, the car looks much less humdrum, with sharper angles and more muscular lines.

This is also the case in the back, where the rounded rear end has been squared a bit with several horizontal design features. The taillights are reshaped and come with a contrasting black surround. “In the style of the Czech glass-making tradition, every detail has been polished in order to achieve brilliant luminosity,” according to Skoda.
Customers can choose to customize a Fabia with four different paint options for the roof, mirror housings and wheels, while 15 different colors are available for the body.

Exterior Dimensions

Length 3,992 MM (157.16 Inches)
Width 1,732 MM (68.18 Inches)
Height (at curb weight) 1,467 MM (57.75 Inches)
Wheelbase 2,470 MM (97.24 Inches)
Clearance (at kerb weight) 133 MM (5.23 Inches)
Height of the loading sill (at kerb weight) 659 MM (25.94 Inches)
Track front 1,463 MM (57.59 Inches)
Track rear 1,457 MM (57.36 Inches)


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Inside, there’s even more emphasis on horizontal design, as well as a choice of several different color combinations. The larger exterior dimensions also mean there’s more space inside – the rear features a claimed best-in-class trunk capacity (11.65 square feet, which expands to 40.61 with the rear seats folded). The passenger compartment is 0.83 inch wider in the front and 0.31 inch longer. Even though the new model is lower overall, front passengers also get a little more headroom.

For infotainment, the new Fabia features MirrorLink and SmartGate connectivity, a first for Skoda. These are based on Volkswagen’s modular infotainment matrix (MIB) technology, and opens up a wide range of accessible applications using a 6.5-inch touch display with “swipe operation.” There are also three radio systems to choose from.

Even though the new model is lower overall, front passengers get a little more headroom.

MirrorLink enables quick pairing with smartphones to allow display and operation of select apps on the Bolero infotainment screen. SmartGate allows the display, storage and use of select vehicle data, such as with the Drive app, which tells drivers how efficiently they have been driving on a given trip. The MFA Pro app mirrors display of onboard computer functions and multifunction display content on driver’s smartphones. Skoda says it will make additional apps available in the future. The design is based on VW’s MQB technology, which includes influence in the electrical architecture, ECUs, instrument cluster, infotainment and assistance systems.

Another Skoda first is KESSY (Keyless Entry Start and Exit System), which automatically locks/unlocks the doors and starts the engine. There are also new front and rear parking sensors, with the front sensors making their debut with the new model. A reversing camera is also available.

Rain-Light Assistant integrates sensors for the windshield wipers and headlights for optimum wiper frequency and automatic on/off for the headlights. There’s a new C-EPS (Column-Electric Power Steering) system that saves weight and fuel by replacing the electro-hydraulic power steering found in the previous model. Up top, there’s an optional panoramic glass roof.

Skoda says the new Fabia comes with 17 “Simply Clever” features that add additional functionality. These include: an ice scraper in the fuel filler flap, a cradle in the cup holder up front for your smartphone or media player, an extra storage compartment for a high-visibility vest, a trash bin situated in the door, storage nets to hold random items on the inside edges of the front seats, bottle holders in the rear doors, and a dedicated bottle holder in the glove compartment. The trunk also comes with holders, hooks and nets to keep whatever you’re hauling in place.


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Even with the additional tech, the new Fabia is up to 143 pounds lighter and 17 percent more efficient than the outgoing model, with the lightest trim for 2015 (including the 1.0-liter MPI three-cylinder engine) pushing curb weight to only 2,261 pounds.

Less weight means the engine can do it’s job much more efficiently, with economy rated at 76 mpg and emissions rated at 82 g/km for the GreenLine package. These improvements are also helped by the next-generation engine lineup and improved aero efficiency.

Fabia buyers can choose between four gas engines and three diesel engines.

Fabia buyers can choose between four gas engines and three diesel engines. Each comes with an integrated start-stop system and braking energy reclamation systems. Power outputs range from 59 horsepower to 108 horsepower for the gas units, and between 74 horsepower and 104 horsepower for the diesels. Transmission options include either a manual or automatic DSG gearbox.

Using the new electro-mechanical steering, redesigned engine mounts, slightly longer wheelbase (0.2 inch), and wider track, the new Fabia strives to strike a balance between comfort and ride stability. There’s also an enhanced electronic differential lock that comes standard for better cornering traction.

The new Fabia has enhanced safety features. There’s an optional Front Assistant with integrated City Emergency Braking Function to reduce the risk of rear-end collisions, a Multi-Collision Brake System to automatically slow the vehicle and prevent further collisions after an accident, a Driver Activity Assistant that detects driver fatigue, and a new Speedlimiter that prevent velocities above a specific preset value. There’s also a new Hill Hold Control to prevent rollback on an incline. Finally, up to six airbags are in place for further protection.

Drivetrain Specifications

Petrol Engines:

Type 1.0 MPI/44 kW 1.0 MPI/55 kW 1.2 TSI/66 kW 1.2 TSI/81 kW 1.2 TSI/81 kW
Cylinders 3 3 4 4 4
Displacement 999 999 1,197 1,197 1,197
Bore × Stroke [mm × mm] 74.5 × 76.4 74.5 × 76.4 71.0 × 75.6 71.0 × 75.6 71.0 × 75.6
Max. engine performance/revs 59 HP @ 5,000–6,000 RPM 73 HP @ 6,200 RPM 88 HP @ 4,400–5,400 RPM 108 HP @ 4,600–5,600 108 HP @ 4,600–5,600 RPM
Max. torque/revs 70 LB-FT @ 3,000–4,300 70 LB-FT @ 3,000–4,300 RPM 118 LB-FT 1,400–3,500 RPM 129 LB-FT @ 1,400–4,000 RPM 129 LB-FT @ 1,400–4,000 RPM
Compression ratio 10.5 : 1 10.5 : 1 10.5 : 1 10.5 : 1 10.5 : 1

Diesel Engines:

Type 1.4 TDI/66 kW 1.4 TDI/66 kW 1.4 TDI/77 kW
Cylinders 3 3 3
Displacement 1422 1422 1422
Bore × Stroke [mm × mm] 79.5 × 95.5 79.5 × 95.5 79.5 × 95.5
Max. engine performance/revs 88 HP @ 3,000–3,250 RPM 88 HP @ 3,000–3,250 103 HP @ 3,500–3,750 RPM
Max. torque/revs 169 LB-FT @ 1,750–2,500 RPM 169 LB-FT @ 1,750–2,500 RPM 184 LB-FT 1,750–2,500 RPM
Compression ratio 16.2 : 1 16.2 : 1 16.2 : 1

Trim Levels

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The new Skoda Fabia is available in three different trim levels: the S, the SE, and the SE L. Standard equipment for the S includes electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, DAB digital radio, and Bluetooth. The SE adds Mato 16-inch alloy wheels, manual air conditioning, and Radio Bolero (telephone control, MirrorLink, USB, SD card). The SE L throws in LED daytime running lights, a three-spoke multi-function leather-wrapped steering wheel with radio and telephone controls, and cruise control.


Available now, the new Skoda Fabia starts at $16,146 for the S trim, while the SE is $19,436, and the SE L is $20,731 (at current exchange rates, 4/27/15).


Ford Fiesta

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While some entry-level hatchbacks have better standard equipment and some have better practicality, the Fiesta’s claim to fame is a chassis and handling package made for fun. The top-range 1.6-liter turbo EcoBoost ST model can hit 60 mph in under seven seconds and continue on to a top speed of just under 140 mph. It also gets nearly 50 mpg, comes with 17-inch wheels, a DAB radio, USB inputs, and a heated windscreen. Prices for the Fiesta start at $15,452 and get as high as $29,541.

Read our full review here.

Volkswagen Up

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Boasting premium German fit and finish, this VW is bit pricier than its rivals but backs it up with refined engines and an excellent ride quality. The materials used in the interior have a feeling of higher quality than the Skoda, and while standard appointment may be lacking somewhat, the glossy panels, chrome trim, and top-shelf plastics give the interior a feeling of plush classiness by comparison. Prices start at $13,350, but you’ll be paying more for similar equipment appointments, up to $37,355 for the top-range e-up 82 BEV model.

Read our full review here.


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To many, the Fabia represents excellent value for money. In fact, the car has collected numerous awards and accolades over the years, including the Red Dot Design Award, the Golden Steering Wheel, Company Car of the Year, Most Affordable Small Car at the AutoTrophy, Best Small Car below £16,000 at The Caravan Club and Small Car of the Year at the Scottish Group of Motoring Writers.

This new generation appears to solidify that position. The new dimensions and exterior design are a clear improvement, shucking some of that dowdy commuter-lug looks for something a little hotter. The interior comes with better equipment, and the lower curb weight makes the drivetrain shine a bit brighter.

The only clear omission I can see is a bit more available performance under the hood. With Skoda’s rally heritage, it would be nice if we got a nod in that direction instead of being limited to just hyper-efficient powerplants. Taking on the venerable Ford Fiesta is a big task, but considering the price range Skoda is looking at with the Fabia, I don’t think it’s completely out of line.

Still, all things considered, this is a practical, well-equipped, solid choice for the money. We’ll have to see if it can continue Skoda’s winning streak in this segment among a field of scrappy competitors.

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Press Release

Love at first sight – with a car, it’s the design that awakens emotions. The ŠKODA Fabia’s third generation impresses with sporty proportions combined with a design language that is significantly sharper, more dynamic and full of emotion. ŠKODA now brings innovative safety, comfort and infotainment systems into the small car segment; systems that were previously reserved for higher car segments. One highlight: you can now pair the Fabia with a smartphone via MirrorLink™ and SmartGate. Despite more tech and spec, this new version is up to 65 kg lighter and up to 17 per cent more efficient than the previous model. The lightest Fabia weighs just 980 kg. In typical ŠKODA fashion, the car offers lots of space with best-in-class boot capacity and optimum functionality with 17 ‘Simply Clever’ features. The new ŠKODA Fabia will be available from November.

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​“The new ŠKODA Fabia is the ideal car for modern, urban mobility. It is compact and offers lots of space for passengers and their luggage, a modern crisp design and great efficiency and safety, bringing together all of ŠKODA’s brand values,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “In designing the third generation, our aim was to bring innovative technology into the small car segment. Our focus was on the environment, fuel efficiency, safety and comfort. The third generation of the new ŠKODA Fabia will make a visual impact with its sportier and emotionally-rich design language. The fact that we are able to offer this vehicle at an affordable price proves the strength of our brand. We think this great car will write another chapter in the Fabia’s success story and bring new customer groups to the brand,” says Vahland.

The Fabia is the brand’s second bestselling car right after the ŠKODA Octavia. Since its debut in 1999, the Czech car maker has sold almost 3.5 million Fabias worldwide to date (as of 31st August 2014). From the beginning, the ŠKODA Fabia has embodied all of ŠKODA’s good qualities: lots of space within compact exterior dimensions, a wide array of convenient solutions, fuel efficiency, dependable technology and excellent value for money. It is this combination which has made the Fabia one of the most popular cars of its class.

A large number of renowned awards has confirmed this success. The second-generation Fabia alone has won an impressive list of national and international honours since 2007. Among the most important international honours is the ‘Red Dot Design Award’. In Germany, the honours included the ‘Golden Steering Wheel’ and ‘Company Car of the Year’; it was also named ‘Most Affordable Small Car’ at the ‘AutoTrophy’ and best imported small car in the ‘Best Cars’ competition. In Great Britain, among others, the Fabia won ‘Best Small Car below £16,000’ at The Caravan Club and ‘Small Car of the Year’ at the Scottish Group of Motoring Writers.

Pure emotion: a crisp, sporty design

“The design of the new ŠKODA Fabia represents the evolution of the ŠKODA design language,” says Dr Frank Welsch, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development. “For the first time, a ŠKODA vehicle incorporates design elements of the VisionC design study. With its sporty proportions, the ŠKODA Fabia is modern, crisp and fresh. We also transferred some of the genes from our rally cars to create the most emotionally-rich Fabia ever,” says Dr Welsch.

Balanced proportions, crystalline shapes, a distinctive interplay of light and shade, precise lines and sharp edges mark out the new generation of the ŠKODA Fabia, as it impressively demonstrates the brand’s increased emotional charisma. The new ŠKODA Fabia is 8 mm shorter, 90 mm wider and 31 mm lower than its predecessor. The front appears more assured and imposing thanks to the added width and distinctive elements such as the razor-sharp, wide headlights, crystalline glass, a characteristic slatted grille and the brand’s logo on the bonnet’s ‘nose’. The designers highlighted the graphic unity of the grille and the lights, precisely marking out all lines and edges such as in the two distinctive beadings running from the outside to the inside of the bonnet.

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A crisp tornado line and the so-called wing line mark the side of the car and underscore the Fabia’s dynamic appearance. Slim pillars, the contrast between light and dark shades as well as an all-new attractive range of wheels complement its distinctive appearance.

The rear of the Fabia exudes strength and assurance. It is clean and boldly contoured with yet another emphasis on horizontal lines. As with all ŠKODA vehicles, designers paid special attention to shaping the taillights, now with rich, dark and contrasting edging. In the style of the Czech glass-making tradition, every detail has been polished in order to achieve brilliant luminosity. Of course, the taillights in the new Fabia retain ŠKODA’s typical C shape.

A first for ŠKODA is the scope for individual configuration of the Fabia both inside and out. For instance, customers can choose from four colours for the roof, the mirror housings and the wheels. The car’s all-new interior impresses with quality, precise workmanship, a horizontal emphasis and a wide array of colours and colour combinations.

First ŠKODA with MirrorLink™ and SmartGate

The infotainment systems in the new ŠKODA Fabia are all-new concepts based on Volkswagen’s MIB (modular infotainment matrix) technology. They enable an array of attractive applications previously unavailable in a small car including a touch display with swipe operation. Customers can choose between three radio systems.

The new ŠKODA Fabia is the first ŠKODA to offer the option of easy pairing with a smartphone thanks to so-called MirrorLink™ technology, which enables display and operation of selected smartphone applications on the Bolero infotainment system’s screen. The new ŠKODA Fabia also comes with the SmartGate function, enabling display, storage and use of certain vehicle data. One example is ŠKODA’s own Drive app, which will show drivers how efficient their driving has been on any given trip. The MFA Pro app lets users display onboard computer functions and multifunction display (MFA) content on their smartphones. More apps will be available in the future.

New benchmarks in efficiency and emissions: from 82 g CO2 per km

Engineers have made great progress with the new ŠKODA Fabia in terms of fuel efficiency and emissions. The result is a reduction in fuel consumption down to 3.1 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of just 82 g/km in the ŠKODA Fabia GreenLine (available in 2015). These remarkable improvements are the result of a completely new generation of petrol and diesel engines, radical weight reduction down to 980 kg and improved aerodynamics.

Customers can choose from a total of four petrol and three diesel engines. All engines comply with EU6 emission standards and come with a Start-Stop System and brake energy recovery. Power output in the petrol engines ranges from 44 kW (60 PS) to 81 kW (110 PS). The new three-cylinder diesel range offers between 55 kW (75 PS) and 77 kW (105 PS). Transmissions are modern manual or automatic DSG gearboxes.

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Comfortable chassis

The new chassis of the ŠKODA Fabia was designed with added comfort and optimum ride stability in mind. Finely-adjusted interplay between the new electro-mechanical steering, the new engines and the redesigned engine mounting enabled designers to significantly improve the chassis setup. The model benefits not least from a wider track (30 mm) both at the front and the rear and a wheelbase that is 5 millimetres longer. The vehicle design of the new Fabia is based on a modular concept, drawing for the most part on Volkswagen’s MQB technology, e.g. engines, electro-mechanical steering and a large part of the electrics (electrical architecture, such as ECUs, instrument cluster, infotainment and assistance systems).

Despite added technology and comfort, designers succeeded in significantly reducing the vehicle’s weight. Compared to the second generation, the new ŠKODA Fabia is up to 65 kg lighter (depending on vehicle configuration). The ŠKODA Fabia with a 1.0 MPI three-cylinder engine has a kerb weight (without the driver) of just 980 kg.

Top-level safety: technology from higher vehicle classes

The new Fabia comes with cutting-edge safety systems that were previously reserved for higher vehicle classes. The optional Front Assistant with integrated City Emergency Braking Function, which automatically brings the vehicle to a complete stop, reduces the risk of rear-end collisions. The Multi-Collision Brake System will automatically slow the car down after an accident to prevent a follow-on collision. The Driver Activity Assistant will detect fatigue in the driver, while the new Speedlimiter can prevent the car from exceeding a pre-set speed. Hill Hold Control will help drivers start on a gradient. Also, the new Fabia comes with an electronic tyre pressure monitor as standard in EU countries.

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The new ŠKODA Fabia has the enhanced electronic differential lock function XDS+ as standard, which maximises traction when cornering.

Passive safety elements include up to six airbags finely adjusted for interaction with the car’s three-point seatbelts.

Comfort is a priority

A first in the ŠKODA Fabia is KESSY (Keyless Entry Start and Exit System), the automatic locking and starting system. Front and rear parking sensors also make a debut in this Fabia. Previously, this technology was only available for the rear of the Fabia.

The Rain-Light Assistant ensures optimum visibility with integrated sensors for rain and ambient light. The rain sensor automatically controls the windshield wipers’ frequency, while the light sensor switches the low beams on and off depending on light conditions.

Making its debut in the ŠKODA Fabia is the new C-EPS (Column-Electric Power Steering), which saves weight and fuel and replaces the electro-hydraulic power steering used previously.

For the first time, customers can order the Fabia with a large panoramic glass roof which adds to the ‘feel-good’ factor on board.

Lots of space, 17 ‘Simply Clever’ features

The new ŠKODA Fabia impresses with lots of space and even more functionality. The model has 17 ‘Simply Clever’ features on offer.

No other small car offers as much boot space as the new ŠKODA Fabia. The car’s boot has a capacity of 330 litres (1,150 litres with the rear seats folded down).

The passenger compartment is 21 mm wider (in the front) and 8 mm longer. Front-seat passengers enjoy more headroom even though the new Fabia is lower overall.

17 ‘Simply Clever’ features make the new ŠKODA Fabia one of the most practical vehicles in its segment. New features in the Fabia include: an ice scraper in the fuel filler flap, a multimedia cradle located in the cup holder at the front, an extra storage compartment for a high-vis vest, a rubbish bin located in the door, storage nets on the inside edges of the front seats, bottle holders in the rear doors suitable for 0.5 litre bottles, MirrorLink™ and SmartGate systems. In addition, a dedicated space for a 1.0-litre bottle is now available in the glove compartment.

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The car also features an array of other great details such as various holders, hooks and nets in the boot.

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