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The latest Skoda Fabia is a gem of a car with so much on offer

Since its first appearance, the Fabia has matured from generation to generation and has played an instrumental role in growing the Skoda brand.

Robbie Farrell

Credit where credit is due, this is a brand that has gone from strength to strength over the last 10 years and one that deserves all the accolades it has been receiving of late.

The Volkswagen-owned company has become a firm favourite in Ireland over the last number of years and is now in the top four on the sales charts.

It has become so popular that it has even knocked Volkswagen itself out of the top four and has almost secured a Champions' League spot for next season already.

One of the models helping the brand to rise up the car sales league is the new Skoda Fabia.

They say big things come in small packages and that is certainly true for the latest Fabia to roll off the production line.

Now in its fourth generation, the new model arrives 21 years after the first-generation Fabia set new standards for space, value and quality in the supermini sector. Since its first appearance, the Fabia has matured from generation to generation and has played an instrumental role in growing the Skoda brand.

The Fabia has always offered unusually high levels of passenger space, and the fourth-generation model continues this tradition.

At 4,108 mm long, it exceeds the four-metre mark for the first time, while the boot – which was already the largest in the segment – has gained an additional 50 litres to a capacious 380 litres.

That’s actually similar to its Volkswagen Golf sibling. The new model delivers a revolution in design language with dynamic lines, perfectly balanced proportions, and sharply drawn headlights and tail lights.

Sophisticated details, such as aerodynamically optimised wheels and actively adjustable cooling shutters in the front bumper’s lower air inlet, allow for a drag coefficient (cd) of 0.28, which whilst being a new record in the small car segment, importantly helps with fuel efficiency.

In keeping with all other Skoda models, the new Fabia is also packed with intricate and clever details. These include body lines on the front doors that replicate the characteristic triangle of the Czech flag.

On the inside, new Fabia strikes the perfect balance between style and comfort. In keeping with Skoda’s current interior design concept, its look is characterised by a free-standing infotainment display that measures up to 9.2 inches.

Thankfully, Skoda has stuck with traditional dials for the heating/air conditioning – any regular readers of this column will know how much I hate digital ones that go up and down a half a degree on each press.

The most impressive thing for me on the inside was the amount of space on offer for all passengers. For a small family car, there is plenty of leg and head room for everyone.

On the road, my test car was fitted with a 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine. I did find it a little hard on juice for a three-cylinder block, but it was nippy around town and handles itself very well at motorway speeds.

The Skoda Fabia has a starting price of €19,150 and is available across three equipment grades – Active, Ambition and Style.

Believe me it’s a great little runaround if you’re in the market for an affordable family car.

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