The Fabia’s driver's seat has enough lateral support to ensure you don’t roll about in corners. It offers a decent level of lower back support, too, even though there’s no lumbar adjustment to allow you to fine-tune it, either as standard or as an option.
At least the seat is height adjustable, in addition to the usual forwards/backwards adjustment. Not only that, but the steering wheel moves in and out as well as up and down, so you shouldn't have much trouble finding a comfortable driving position.
The gearlever is within easy reach and because the Fabia’s pedals line up nicely with the steering wheel, there’s little risk you’ll be uncomfortable on a long journey. Unfortunately, only the top-spec trim has a centre armrest, although you can add one as an option on cheaper models.
Skoda Fabia visibility
You might think there are sleeker, more stylish cars in the small car class, but in keeping the Fabia's lines simple and boxy, Skoda has made life easier for the driver.
The view out the front is very good thanks to the car’s narrow windscreen pillars and it’s the same story when looking over the shoulder, where the Fabia’s tall windows and slim rear pillars cause little obstruction.
Entry-level S trim models make do without parking sensors, although front and rear sensors are available as an option. Rear parking sensors become standard from mid-spec SE trim, but you still have to pay extra for front sensors.
Skoda Fabia infotainment
Every Fabia has a touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard, but this grows in size (to 6.5in) on SE models and above. It’s a bright display that features sharp graphics and logical menus, and the screen is quick to respond when you prod it. It’s feature laden too, with standard features including Bluetooth and a DAB radio.
Skoda’s Smartlink technology, which allows you to use certain mobile phone apps, such as sat-nav, via the car’s touchscreen, is also standard on SE trim and above. This works with both Apple and Android devices, and the Arkamys sound system that comes as standard on all but entry-level S trim models is punchy enough.
SE models and above also have a multifunction steering wheel (radio and phone controls). Meanwhile, one of the technology options is SmartGate, an app-based service that allows you to monitor your driving performance and efficiency. Its novelty is sure to wear off quickly, however.
Skoda Fabia build quality
Just as the Fabia is unlikely to win any beauty contests for its exterior looks, you probably won't be blown away by the styling inside, either. One thing’s for sure, though: the interior feels built to last, even if it lacks any of the soft-touch plastics that you'll find in the vast majority of similarly priced rivals.
All the buttons and switches feel as solid as those in Skoda’s bigger cars, too, so although the Fabia isn't as plush inside as a VW Polo or an Audi A1, it doesn't feel at all low-rent.