The new SKODA Fabia is getting bigger and therefore more spacious than before.

The car will receive the technology of the Volkswagen Polo and will come to the Netherlands in November.

The new SKODA Fabia is on the same platform as its Volkswagen Group family members: the Volkswagen Polo, SEAT Ibiza and Audi A1.

The new model is 11 centimeters longer than its predecessor.

It is also 5 centimeters wider and about 1 centimeter lower.

The wheelbase has increased by 9.4 centimeters and that promises more interior space: the Fabia even seems to surpass the undoubtedly more expensive Volkswagen Polo in this.

After all, the Polo is 5 centimeters shorter and has a smaller luggage space.

The new SKODA Fabia consumes 380 liters: 50 liters more than before and about 30 liters more than the Polo.

If you flatten the back seat, you can stow up to 1,190 liters of stuff.

Traditionally, SKODA adds little cleverness to its models.

For example, the new Fabia has front seats whose backrests can be flat, a USB-C connection in the interior mirror for, for example, a dashcam, reading lights in the front and rear where you can operate the rear in the front, a removable cup holder and various handy storage compartments.

More clever features come in the form of a flexible bulkhead for the luggage compartment, a storage compartment for your smartphone at the back of the front seats, removable cup holders and a sunshade for the optional panoramic roof that can be stored under the parcel shelf.

The central screen is available in different sizes.

The central screen is available in different sizes.

Photo: SKODA

Available for the first time with 'virtual cockpit'

In the SKODA Fabia's interior, the relationship with cars such as the Volkswagen Polo is evident.

Yet there is also a lot of 'own'.

For example, the Fabia has more playfully designed round ventilation grilles on the corners of the dashboard and its own infotainment screen that protrudes a bit from the dashboard.

This central display has a diameter of 6, 8 or 9.2 inches. For the first time, the Fabia is also available with the 'virtual cockpit', a fully digital instrumentation with a diameter of 10.25 inches. Other novelties are the heated steering wheel and windscreen. From the Ambition trim level, the front of the dashboard is covered with fabric and from the Style, the interior is further enhanced with mood lighting. In addition, the Fabia is available for the first time with two-zone separate climate control, complete with outlets at the rear of the center tunnel for rear passengers.

New safety systems are also introduced in this fourth generation.

Available include the extensive Park Assist parking assistance and adaptive cruise control with the option of partially autonomous driving.

Lane monitoring and traffic sign recognition are also possible.

Fabia is now SKODA's cheapest model

Since the introduction of the first generation in 1999, SKODA has sold more than 4.5 million Fabias.

With the tiny Citigo recently withdrawn from the market, the Fabia is now SKODA's cheapest and smallest model.

In the Netherlands, the new Fabia is available with 95 hp and 110 hp 1.0 TSI petrol engines.

The 110 hp variant is standard coupled to a manual six-speed gearbox and is optionally available with a DSG7 automatic transmission.

The 95 hp 1.0 TSI always sends its powers via a manual five-speed gearbox to the front wheels.

No electrified Fabia is planned yet, not even a mild hybrid powertrain.

"If we electrified the Fabia, the car would have mild hybrid versions, but there are no plans for that at the moment," Martin Hrdlicka, head of Chassis & Powertrain Development, told

AutoWeek

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There is, however, another station wagon, the Fabia Combi, on the calendar for 2023.

You can read more information about the new SKODA Fabia in this article from AutoWeek.

The new SKODA will arrive in the Netherlands in November.

The new SKODA will arrive in the Netherlands in November.

Photo: SKODA