Space is where the Fabia excels, beating rivals such as the Ford Fiesta and Mazda 2. Thanks to the car’s relatively tall roofline, the driver and front passenger enjoy a generous amount of head room, while there’s easily enough leg room to satisfy even the tallest drivers. The doors open wide and occupants don’t have to stoop much to get in.
The Fabia’s interior is also wide enough to feel extremely spacious around the shoulders, so two adults can sit in complete comfort.
Both the driver and front passenger get a generously proportioned door pocket, while ahead of the gear lever is a large cubbyhole with two cupholders. The glove box is also a decent size.
Skoda Fabia rear space
Despite the Fabia having an impressive amount of rear space for a small car, the Hyundai i20 and Honda Jazz have even more. Nevertheless, as long as the driver or front passenger isn't unusually tall, two adults can get perfectly comfortable in the back. Just remember that Monte Carlo models have chunky sports front seats that take away some rear leg room. All Fabias have five doors, too, so access to the back seats is relatively easy.
The roof line remains high towards the back of the car, so there’s plenty of head room here, too, but it’d be a squeeze if three burly passengers were to try and sit side-by-side. Three children would be fine, though.
Skoda Fabia seating flexibility
Unlike the driver’s seat, the front passenger’s isn't height-adjustable on entry-level S versions. That feature is reserved for SE models and above.
The rear seats split 60/40 as standard and fold down to open up the luggage area for bigger loads. The buttons for doing this are located next to the rear headrests, though, which means they're tricky to press if your arms are full of shopping bags.
However, the backrests are light enough, and sprung sufficiently that pushing them down doesn't require too much muscle.
Skoda Fabia boot space
Here’s where the Skoda Fabia just beats the Hyundai i20 for space – albeit by only four litres. In fact, the Fabia’s 330-litre boot puts some cars from the class above to shame, and will easily take a good-sized weekly shop or a fold-up buggy. It’s still not quite as voluminous as the Honda Jazz’s, though.
It’s not just its capacity that impresses, though. The Fabia’s boot is also a practical, square shape, with a wide opening that makes loading bulky items easy. A relatively small boot lip helps, too, especially when that bulky item also happens to be heavy.
Unfortunately, when folded down, the rear seats don’t lie flat but instead create a hefty step in the boot floor. And it’s disappointing that Skoda doesn’t offer a variable-height boot floor on the Fabia hatchback, even as an option, considering that you can have one on the Fabia Estate.