The clean external lines from the outside of the Fabia continue inside where quality and layout shine. The cabin offers lucidity, soft touch plastics and vitally, plenty of space. With a split rear folding seat, even the hatchback will hold a set of skis.
Safety standards are also high; fitted as standard on all Fabias are driver and front passenger airbags, anti-lock brakes, power steering, and height and reach adjustable steering wheel and a height adjustable driver’s seat.
Whatever your taste in music, Skoda offers fine acoustics, even the entry-level 1.2 54bhp Classic comes with a radio/cassette and four speakers. From there on up the range a Symphony radio and single CD player is fitted as standard.
Seats, both driver and passenger afford good legroom, thanks to the long wheelbase. Cabin width is also impressive with 1,380mm of elbowroom in the front and 1,392mm in the rear. Heated front seats are standard on top of the range Elegance models.
With asymmetrically split rear fold-flat seats, the Fabia hatch has 1,016 litres of storage and with the seats upright, still offers 260 litres capacity. The estate, in turn has 426 litres of carrying space and 1,225 with the seats folded down. So, one of the largest superminis on the road.
A clever choice of colour and fabric can make all the difference in the world when it comes to finding the right interior feel. The lighter the selection of materials, the more airy the cabin and this follows the trend of so many interior designers throughout the world. Right through the Fabia range, a selection of textiles and styles are used for upholstery and panels and these are put together according to the model. Storage is plentiful from the deep door pockets through to the glovebox, which is also cooled on models with air conditioning. Open the glovebox and two cup holders are positioned on the lid itself. Again, model dependant, a generous storage drawer underneath the front passenger seat provides the perfect hidden slot for small laptops and notebooks or other expensive items. Other useful additions include a storage net under the rear parcel shelf and rear pockets on the front seats.
Heating and ventilation flows through from the four dash mounted vents. With Elegance and vRS trim air conditioning comes as standard, and as an option on all other trim levels. Clean air? Not a problem - a pollen filter is on board too.
The vRS model has at a more racy interior with Cross Tuck upholstery on sports seats and the vRS emblem stitched into the cloth. The seats themselves, light grey with a black centre panel offer more support due to the very nature of the car.
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