Significant power increases for entry-level models lead a package of updates to the Skoda Fabia supermini.
However buyers of the new car, on sale in September, will no longer be able to choose a diesel engine, reflecting the shift away from diesel in the UK market.
The entry-level Fabia S now employs a 1.0-litre engine producing 75hp – a 15hp increase over its predecessor model. However the power hike comes at a cost – Fabia prices now start from £12,840, which is £2,340 more expensive than the outgoing 60hp variant.
The car does gain more than the extra horses. LED daytime running lights are now standard on all versions of the Fabia, as is the Front Assist safety feature and a multi-function trip computer.
Five trims, three engines
The new Fabia will be available in five trim levels, and across its familiar hatch and estate body styles. Further engine options range across 95hp and 110hp units, like the 75hp version all of 1.0-litre capacity. The highest-power version can be specified with the manual or an optional seven-speed automatic transmission.
New alloy wheel options feature across the range along with other extra equipment, while the most significant equipment upgrades are to the mid-range SE-L model, priced from £15,205. This now comes with satellite navigation, a one-year subscription to Skoda’s Infotainment Online service, lighting in the front centre console and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Top-level Monte Carlo variants, costing from £16,985 with the 95hp engine, gain climate control air conditioning, LED rear lights, rear electric windows and new seat upholstery. The car’s styling package includes a black front spoiler, black roof, black floor mats and carbon-effect dashboard trim.
Several safety aids feature on the options list including adaptive cruise control, a rear-view camera, driver fatigue warning. Full LED headlamps are now available for the first time on the model, as is Blind Spot Detection and Rear Traffic Alert, costing £390.