What should I be paying?
The range starts with an impressive starting price of £14,905 for the car that no one will buy, the Fabia S. The rest of the cars are familiar from Skodas gone by, ranging through SE Comfort (£16,795), SE L (£18,980) and Colour Edition (£17,495) models.
SE Comfort and SE L are intended to be more comfort-focused models with all the Simply Clever toys inside, while the Colour Edition and next year’s Monte Carlo version are the glossier, sportier versions of the Fabia to impress the youngsters.
We don’t yet know what the monthly options will cost for the Fabia – it’s ready to order now from the Czech carmaker, but first deliveries won’t happen until the start of 2022. The outgoing version of the car was around £270 on a monthly contract, and the new one should be there or thereabouts.
What are the kit choices like?
There’s a choice of nine different colours on the new Fabia, four of which are shades of white or blue. There is a nifty shade of orange for the bold that works surprisingly well, and you can also spec various bits of the car in contrasting grey or black. Of course, they’ll only contrast as long as the rest of the car isn’t grey or black.
You can get up to nine airbags in your Fabia – amazing that there’s still space for passengers, really – and there’s a whole host of safety assists available for the car should you wish to shell out. You can cover all bases and get park assist, lane assist, side assist, front assist and manoeuvre assist. Jargon assist is available as an option should you want to try and understand what any of those things do.
Tech-wise, there’s wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and charging available, as well as a selection of USB-C sockets for charging. There’s one on the rearview mirror too if you want to power up your dashcam. The Fabia also offers some useful big car items for the first time, such as a heated windscreen and steering wheel, and a panoramic sunroof.