Skoda Fabia interior
The Skoda Fabia’s cabin comes with a decent amount of kit and is sensibly laid out, but it doesn’t feel all that upmarket.
The Skoda Fabia might lack a little the excitement stakes but it does make up for that in useability – everything is logically laid out and the various controls are easy to use.
More modern rivals – like the VW Polo or even the Ford Fiesta – have more in the way of expensive-feeling soft-touch plastics around their interior than the Fabia. You have to go to the higher-spec cars to get much in the way of colour around the cabin too – that comes in the form of colourful plastic or brushed-metal effect dashboard trims.
This doesn’t mean that the Fabia feels cheap or like it won’t last. The various trims, cubbyholes and storage spaces feel like they are built to last the abuse of daily life.
There is more in the way of character in the sportier Monte Carlo models, with eye-catching red stitching, a leather steering wheel and some stainless steel pedal trims. Sadly the carbon-fibre-effect trim on the more supportive sports seats feels pretty tacky rather than adding to the overall effect.
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Every Skoda Fabia comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system built into the dashboard. The entry-level cars come with a system that includes Bluetooth connectivity and DAB digital radio while mid-range versions get a much improved system, called Swing Plus, which, crucially, comes with built-in smartphone mirroring.
It basically means that your phone can do the heavy lifting of being a satellite navigation system so you don’t feel obliged to go for the in-built version. It’ll also make playing your music, answering calls and listening to your favourite podcasts that bit easier, too.
However, if you do fork out for the upgraded system then you’ll find Skoda’s own satellite navigation system is easy to program, and displays sharp, colourful maps.
It’s no longer the newest system out there, so others respond a little quicker and look a bit more stylish, but all the Fabia’s menus are logically laid out and have a nice big font so they’re easy to read on the move. The display isn’t quite as big or as bright as those in a VW Polo or Ford Fiesta, but switching between the system’s key features is just as easy thanks to eight handy shortcut buttons on the dashboard.
Passengers in the back seats aren’t totally forgotten either as tthe latest Fabia also comes with two USB ports between the front seats so those in the back can keep their phones topped up with juice.