The Skoda Fabia - Exterior Features and Dimensions | Part Two

Exterior

The Fabia hatch measures 3,960mm front to rear and a wheelbase of 2462mm affords extra space both for the passenger and their luggage. The vRS is 4002mm long, and the Estate, 4,222 mm long, both on the same wheelbase.

The now familiar rectangular chrome grille with its trapezoidal headlights and clear glass optic technology leads the Fabia’s design. Front fog lights are standard on the Comfort, Elegance and vRS models. Tracing the lines back from the nose to the neat rear, the car exudes class with deep, colour-coded front and rear bumpers and minimal rear overhang. More than just aesthetically pleasing, the bumpers resist impacts of up to 5mph, while both the Comfort and Elegance models are protected by sidestrips as well.

The Fabia’s stance is aided further by sturdy C-pillars and gently flared rear wheel arches that flow through to the high-lifting tailgate. Boot access is facilitated by a low loading sill with the narrow tail lights sitting tall on either side, all very sleek yet remaining thoroughly practical at the same time.

Every panel of galvanised corrosion-resistant steel is of a contrasting thickness, designed specifically for the amount of wear and tear it needs to stand up to in that particular area and therefore benefiting from high levels of torsional rigidity.

The vRS offers a sporty, muscular appearance, exuding its sporty image from every pore. Developed along with the Fabia WRC rally car in Skoda’s Czech design studios, a front spoiler is incorporated into the bumper along with fog lamps and air cooling ducts. Ventilation outlets on either side of the spoiler round off the athletic front view. Holding on to the motorsport tradition, Skoda has continued with the green brake callipers that sit well inside the 16” alloy wheels and enhance further the brawny stance of the vRS.

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Published 31 May 2004 Melanie Carter
 

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