2021 Skoda Fabia: what we know so far

Bolder looks and more tech, but still very temptingly priced, here's everything you need to know about the all-new, 2021 Skoda Fabia...

Skoda Fabia front

On sale Early 2021 | Price from £14,000 (est)

The Skoda Fabia hasn’t changed dramatically over its three generations. It’s always been one of the better small hatchbacks, but if it was a Nando’s sauce is would be lemon and herb; easy to like, yet not exactly exciting. By contrast, for the new model, Skoda has added some hot peri-peri.

Based on the same mechanicals as the latest Audi A1, Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo, it will feature a striking new look and a much more sophisticated interior.

At the same time, it won’t stray far from the qualities that made it popular in the first place; buyers will still be getting a well priced, economical and compact yet spacious hatchback. What’s more, to keep prices down there won’t be any electric or hybrid variants – at least until the technology becomes more affordable.

2021 Skoda Fabia engines

It’s not just electrification that’s being shunned; there will also be no diesel Fabias. Instead, the main option will be the turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that’s in the outgoing model, offered with various power outputs.

Larger engines could well follow, although a properly fast version of the new Fabia is said to be off the table.

Skoda Scala infotainment

2021 Skoda Fabia looks, interior and safety

Styling-wise, the fourth-generation Fabia will borrow elements from the bigger Scala and Octavia hatchbacks and, in particular, the Kamiq small SUV.

However, while the exterior will take a bigger step forward than any past Fabia’s, it’s the interior that will get the biggest overhaul. Expect larger, clearer digital displays, and the latest infotainment and connectivity features from more expensive Skodas.

In addition, there will be more space for occupants, with the Fabia matching the Ibiza and Polo – two of the roomiest cars in the class – in this area.

Although the 2021 Fabia is yet to be proven in terms of safety, this should be another strength, because its A1, Ibiza and Polo sister cars all earned a maximum five-star rating from the experts at Euro NCAP.

Skoda Fabia Euro NCAP crash test

2021 Skoda Fabia reliability and price

The current Fabia performed well in our 2020 Reliability Survey, with a 97.6% rating. And while a lot of the 2021 car’s tech is new to the Fabia, most of it is well proven in other models.

As for pricing, the new Fabia is expected to cost a little more than today’s model, but it should still undercut rivals such as the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa, which cost from £16,640 and £16,440 respectively.

The Fabia is one of 14 cars in contention for the 2021 What Car? Reader Award, which will go to the upcoming model that people are most excited about. You can cast your vote here.

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