18-inch wheels, LED headlights, and extra safety technologies are the main novelties introduced with the mid-cycle refresh.
Skoda unveiled the mildly facelifted Fabia back in March at the Geneva Motor Show, but it’s only now we’re getting a full photo gallery of the updated supermini and its more practical wagon sibling. There are also new videos highlighting the changes it has gone through, although you’ll have to get the magnifying glass to see what’s been tweaked on the outside.
You’ll be happy to hear that in European Union countries, Skoda will sell the 2018 Fabia with LED daytime running lights as standard equipment. Pay more for a fancier set of lights and you’ll get LED tech for the low and high beams as well as LED cornering light, but you will still be stuck with bulbs for the turn signals. In other words, the revised Fabia still doesn’t have full-LED headlights. At the back, only the brake light is LED, with all the other ones using old-school bulbs.
When it comes to design, the changes are on a subtle level as Skoda has barely modified the front and rear bumpers and its corporate grille. Bigger 18-inch alloy wheels are being introduced, but for some reason, these are only available on the five-door hatchback body style. Customers wanting to personalize their Fabia can choose the ColorConcept offering black, white, and silver finishes for the side mirror caps, A-pillars, and alloy wheels.
Inside, it’s the same Fabia we’re all familiar with, but Skoda went to the trouble of lightly updating the instrument cluster with new round instruments that are easier to read. Interestingly, the Czech marque says they’ve increased the quality of the materials, and have added new decors. Two-tone microfibre (Suedia) / fabric covers and decorative stitching round off the visual changes.
The interior is a bit more practical than before thanks to the two new USB ports in the back, plus a wagon-only LED torch in the trunk. Interestingly, the ice scraper familiar to Skoda fans and located in the fuel filler flap now comes with a built-in gauge for measuring the tire tread depth. How Simply Clever is that?
The 2018 Fabia gets an expanded array of safety tech, including new Blind Spot, Rear Traffic Alert, and Light Assist functions. Since we’re on the subject of technology, the Swing infotainment system now measures 6.5 inches and you can upgrade to the Amundsen navigation system offering real-time traffic info and support for Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and MirrorLink.
As far as engines are concerned, the 1.4 TDI has been axed, which means Skoda is selling the Fabia exclusively with gasoline units – all of which have just three cylinders. The naturally aspirated 1.0 MPI is linked to a five-speed manual gearbox and offers 60 horsepower (44 kilowatts) and 95 Newton-meters of torque. It can also be had in a slightly higher state of tune with 75 hp (55 kW) and the same 95 Nm. Upgrade to the turbocharged 1.0-liter TSI and Skoda will reward you with 95 hp (70 kW) and 160 Nm when you choose the five-speed manual gearbox. Go for the six-speed manual or the seven-speed DSG and output rises to 110 hp (81 kW) and 200 Nm.
The quickest and fastest of the bunch is the manual 1.0 TSI, needing 9.6 seconds until 62 mph (100 kph) and topping out at 121 mph (195 kph). As a side note, both configurations of the turbocharged engine are fitted as standard with a gasoline particulate filter.
Skoda is already selling the Fabia facelift in many European countries.
Gallery: 2018 Skoda Fabia facelift
ŠKODA FABIA: COMPREHENSIVE UPDATE FOR THE POPULAR SMALL CAR
› More distinctive front and rear sharpen the successful model’s design profile
› Revised three-cylinder petrol engines with petrol particulate filters
› Extended portfolio of assistance systems for changing lanes, manoeuvring and high-beam operation
› Upgraded interior, optional 18-inch wheels for the hatchback variant and new Simply Clever features
Design and technology update for the ŠKODA FABIA – four years after the launch of the third generation, the small car has been comprehensively modernised. Inside, a newly designed instrument cluster and new seat upholstery provide fresh visual highlights. Front and rear LED lights as well as 18-inch alloy wheels for the hatchback variant are available for the first time. In addition, ŠKODA has expanded the range of driver assistance systems and Simply Clever features. There is a choice of three engines with power outputs ranging from 55 kW (75 PS) to 81 kW (110 kW). The 1.0 MPI with 44 kW (60 PS) will be launched during the year. Both TSI engines are now equipped with petrol particulate filters.
The comprehensively revised ŠKODA FABIA – highlights at a glance:
› Design: The front section, radiator grille and rear section have an even more dynamic and distinctive design. The range of alloy wheels includes 18-inch wheels for the hatchback variant for the first time. The ColourConcept allows customers to personalise the roof with A-pillars, wing mirrors and alloy wheels in the contrasting colours black, white or silver.
› Engines: The updated engine portfolio includes one MPI and two TSI three-cylinder petrol engines with a 1.0-litre capacity. Both TSI engines are now equipped with petrol particulate filters.
› LED technology: In the EU, all ŠKODA FABIAs come with LED daytime running lights as standard. LED headlights and LED tail lights (as standard with the ŠKODA FABIA MONTE CARLO) are available as options.
› Assistance systems: The comprehensive range of active and passive safety systems has been expanded with new assistance systems which support the driver when changing lanes, manoeuvring and switching between dipped beam and high beam. These systems had so far been reserved for higher vehicle segments.
› Interior: The dashboard is characterised by a redesigned instrument cluster with new round instruments which can be read even more easily. New decors and higher-quality materials round off the overall impression. Depending on the trim level, the seats come with microfibre (Suedia) / fabric covers or in two colours; decorative stitching creates dynamic accents.
› Usability: With a new easy-to-use function, each individual electric window automatically opens or closes after just one long press of the button in the door panel. All electric windows come with this function. It is also possible to open or close all electric windows at the same time by holding the lock or unlock button on the remote-control key. New illumination of the centre console storage compartment is standard for the Style trim level and for the ŠKODA FABIA MONTE CARLO.
› Infotainment: The Amundsen infotainment system allows users to connect to Infotainment Online, offers a Wi-Fi hotspot and allows access to up to two tablets via ŠKODA Media Command 2.0. ŠKODA Connect enables remote opening and locking of the doors using a smartphone/smartwatch or via web access. The Swing Plus infotainment system with 6.5-inch colour display is new to the range.
› Simply Clever: The ŠKODA FABIA offers numerous Simply Clever features including new ones such as two USB ports in the rear and a removable LED torch in the boot for the ŠKODA FABIA COMBI.
› ŠKODA FABIA MONTE CARLO: The lifestyle variant comes with front and roof spoilers as well as a rear diffuser in a sporty black. A MONTE CARLO badge features on both B-pillars and on the door sills. The side sills come in black. The instrument panel is finished in a new carbon decor. Sports seats in carbon leather with white stitching and red decorative stitching on the front door trims as well as on the optional centre armrest also provide visual references to the world of motorsport.