The entry-level 1.0-litre MPi S petrol-powered hatchback is priced at £10,600, and comes equipped with DAB (digital) radio and Bluetooth connectivity, front electric windows and six airbags. The 1.0 can be chosen in both 59hp and 74hp flavours, while 1.4-litre TDI diesels and a 1.2 TSI petrol are also available. The diesel can be equipped with either a manual or an automatic DSG gearbox, while the 1.2 is DSG-only.
The SE model adds a few extra creature comforts beyond the S, including air-conditioning, alloy wheels and USB and the ability to play your tunes from an SD card. The equivalent models carry a £1,300 premium over their S counterparts, and there is the same choice of the 89hp TDI and 108hp TSI units (available as both manual and auto this time) plus the more powerful version of the 1.0-litre available in the S.
The top-spec Elegance trim offers all of the engines available in the SE, and add 16-inch alloy wheels, climate control, keyless entry and cruise control to the equipment list. Expect to pay an additional £850 for the extra kit the Elegance provides.
Skoda is also proud to point out that the new Fabia offers many more personalisation choices than previous models. Buyers will have the option to pick one of 15 different body colours, combined with various wheel, roof and wing mirror shades.
Unfortunately there will be no vRS model this time around, which was surely the most effective way of making the previous-generation Fabia stand out, as well as being a bit of a hoot to drive…
The 2015 Fabia should be very cheap to run, whichever version you choose. Thanks to the low CO2 emissions across the range, all models fall into either car tax bands ‘A’ or ‘B’. This means the Fabia is either free to tax or will cost just £20 per year, depending on spec.
The £10,600 starting price means that prices start at £605 more than the the class-leading Ford Fiesta in 1.2 Studio guise, though the Fabia offers an extra two doors for the money.The Skoda undercuts the price of the equivalent Volkswagen Polo by £500.
Deliveries for the new range get under way in January 2015.