Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
Space is where the Fabia excels and it's certainly much roomier than cars like the Mazda 2. Thanks to the its relatively tall roofline the driver and front passenger enjoy a generous amount of headroom, while there’s easily enough legroom to satisfy even the tallest of occupants.
The Fabia’s interior is also wide enough to feel spacious around the shoulders, so two adults can sit in complete comfort. That said, the Dacia Sandero and Seat Ibiza are that bit broader still.
Both the driver and front passenger get a generously proportioned door pocket, while ahead of the gearlever is a large cubbyhole with two cupholders. The glovebox is a really good size, too.
Despite the Fabia having an impressive amount of rear space for such a small car, there are even bigger alternatives: the Honda Jazz, Sandero and Ibiza, to name three that have even more to offer. Nevertheless, as long as the driver or front passenger isn't extraordinarily tall, two six-footers can get perfectly comfortable in the back of the Fabia, but, like pretty much all the cars in this class, three burly adults side by side had best be on speaking terms.
It's worth remembering that the Monte Carlo trim has chunkier sports front seats that reduce rear legroom a tad, but all Fabias have five doors, so access to the back is relatively easy.
Seat folding and flexibility
Unlike the driver’s seat, the front passenger’s seat isn't height adjustable on entry-level S versions. That feature is reserved for SE models and above, and none of the versions come with front passenger adjustable lumbar support.
The rear seats split 60/40 as standard and can fold down to open up the luggage area for bigger loads. The buttons for doing this are located next to the rear headrests, though, meaning they're tricky to access if your arms are full of shopping bags.
For outright carrying capacity, the Fabia’s boot edges that of the Hyundai i20, and only just loses out to the Polo's and Ibiza's. In short, the Fabia’s 330-litre boot will easily take a good-sized weekly shop or a fold-up buggy, but for the biggest boot in the class, look at the Dacia Sandero and Honda Jazz. Or alternatively, there's the bigger Fabia Estate, which you can read about by clicking the link.
Back to the Fabia hatchback – its boot is a practical, square shape and has a wide opening that makes loading bulky items easy. Unfortunately, when folded down, the rear seats create a hefty step in the boot floor. You can mitigate this entirely by specifying the optional and inexpensive variable-height boot floor, and raising it to its higher setting. Doing that also redices the load lip to next to nothing and creates a separate compartment underneath.
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