What is it like on the inside?
WHAT IS IT LIKE ON THE INSIDE?
Entirely unremarkable in its design. When the vRS was launched in 2003 Skoda wasn’t bothered about making fancy-looking interiors. What mattered most was that they were ergonomically flawless and solidly constructed. The Fabia’s interior is a success on both counts – the layout of the major controls is as uncomplicated as it’s possible to be, and though the plastics aren’t exactly high quality, everything feels very well screwed together.
There are a few concessions to schportiness – the special seats are comfy and supportive and there’s a little vRS badge on the gear lever. The dials are clear and general visibility is good. Were you running one of these as a daily in 2021, you’d want to upgrade the stereo to something more modern. There’s space for a double-din CarPlay-friendly screen.
IS IT PRACTICAL?
If you have six children then no, it isn’t. But if you have one child or none at all, then yes, could well be. The Fabia is a small car, but it has rear doors so you can carry people around in (and load things into) the back seats more easily, and the boot is adequate.