Skoda, a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group of Eastern Europe, unveiled the Skoda Fabia 2022, totally renovated, with a new platform (MQB-A0, the same as the VW Polo), dimensions significantly enlarged, and many new technologies.
The 4th generation of Skoda Fabia is considered the most spacious car in the supermini segment in Europe. It’s more spacious than Audi A1 Sportback, Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo.
The Skoda Fabia 2022 is 11.1cm longer than before (4.108m) and 4.8cm wider (1780 mm).
Its wheelbase was increased from 2,470mm to 2,564mm to improve internal space, especially in the rear, while the trunk increased by 50 liters to 380 liters.
It has thin headlights (LED as standard), new fog lights and a refurbished bumper. The new rear look is alike the latest Skodas with the brand name written on the trunk lid, optional LED brake lights and a more prominent spoiler.
The New Skoda Fabia 2022 also features active aerodynamic cooling louvers at the front which, when closed, can apparently save up to 0.2 liters of fuel per 100 km run at a constant speed of 120 km/h.
The new spoiler, rear-view mirrors and side fins improve its efficiency, minimizing turbulence around the rear end. New designed plastic finishes for the wheels and panels under the body improve airflow. It’s also more stable than the previous one with a robust body structure and a high degree of torsional rigidity.
Fabia’s innovation is most apparent in the interior, where comfort features were given a complete redesign, making it looks alike an Octavia.
Its three levels of finish (S, SE and SE L) offer different designs for the panel’s finishing strips, while the more sophisticated versions receive a fabric-covered panel with contrasting seams. All of them have the distinctive new circular air vents and new multifunctional steering wheel, plus LED ambient lighting and dual-zone temperature control, available as options for the first time.
Chief among the updates is the new touchscreen on the car’s dashboard. It offers internet radio, real-time traffic updates and a Wi-Fi access point for passenger devices, courtesy of an integrated SIM card, while other new features for Fabia include wireless phone connection, control using gestures and a voice control assistant called Laura.
Three infotainment systems are possible: Swing, 6.2-inch touchscreen, DAB radio and four front speakers; Bolero, 8.2-inch screen, Bluetooth and surround sound audio; and Amundsen, 9.0-inch screen and new features like Skoda’s eCall emergency response system and remote vehicle access.
A 10.25-inch digital instrument display, a heated windshield and heated steering wheel are also available as an option.
The new Fabia has a more comprehensive range of engines than its predecessor, all of them gasoline and in compliance with the current Euro 6d emission standards. The evolution of the naturally aspirated 1.0 MPI three-cylinder unit opens the line with 64 hp and 80 hp. They are paired exclusively with a five-speed manual gearbox for a time of 0-100 km/h between 15.1 sec and 15.5 sec, a combined consumption rating of 19.6 km/l.