New Skoda Fabia (2021), the best city car in the Volkswagen group?

Skoda lifts the veil on the fourth generation Fabia. A rival to the Renault Clio, Peugeot 208 and other cousins ​​of the Volkswagen group (Volkswagen Polo, Seat Ibiza), the Czech still claims to be the most practical city car.

Now the Skoda Fabia gets a makeover, a few days after the restyling of its cousin the Volkswagen Polo. Like the latter, it now benefits from the MQB A0 architecture (also common to the Seat Ibiza and the Audi A1). It is also growing, with a length that now reaches 4.11 meters (making it one of the most imposing city cars in the B segment). This increasing size greatly benefits its livability. In addition to a rear seat that Skoda presents as the most roomy in the category, the new Fabia has a 380-liter trunk. It therefore clearly dominates the Peugeot 208 (265 liters), the Volkswagen Polo (351 liters), the Seat Ibiza (355 liters), the Hyundai i20 (352 liters) or the Citroën C3 (300 liters). Only the Renault Clio does even better (391 liters) thanks to its double floor.

It’s classic, but not ugly to watch. And there is plenty of room inside …

Style side in any case, Skoda does not change the recipe much compared to the previous version. The new Fabia is classic and rather discreet, even if it can count on an interior with very interesting technological content. Equipped on high finishes with digital instrumentation and a large 9.2-inch touch screen, it offers the best of connectivity and a rather hi-tech atmosphere. Adaptive cruise control, dual-zone air conditioning, lane assist, gesture recognition and voice assistant are among the options of this car, which is also equipped with 9 airbags.

The high finish receives digital instrumentation and a 9.2-inch touchscreen with gesture recognition

Queen of autonomy

Equipped with five petrol engines (with a power of 65 to 150 horsepower), the new Fabia skips diesel. But thanks to an optional 50-liter tank, Skoda promises a maximum range of over 900 kilometers on four of the five engines on offer. This autonomy could also be explained in part by the aerodynamics of the beast: with its Cx of 0.28 and its grille which can be closed during phases of low engine load (resulting in a gain of 0.2 liters / 100 km at 120 km / h), she plays the frugal. Note that the DSG automatic transmission is available as an option on the 110 horsepower unit and standard on the 150 horsepower engine. It remains to know the prices and to check if this Fabia remains the most practical city car in the segment during a test.

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