Currently the Czech brand’s third highest-selling model in the line-up, the latest update brings a tweak in design front and back with extra tech and mild changes inside. Diesel engines have also been dropped in favour of a three-cylinder petrol line-up.
The facelift brings a restyled front and rear with new LED headlights and fog lights, as well as more alloy wheel designs and, for the first time, optional larger 18-inch rims on hatchback variants.
Changes inside add what Skoda calls a 'more noble feel' such as new instrument cluster, inlay options for the dashboard and two-tone seat trims. The infotainment system has been upgraded to a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Skoda connect with satellite navigation and traffic congestion information on higher-grade models. Rear USB ports can also be optioned.
A few simple but smart additions have been added such as a concealed LED flashlight in the wagon’s boot and, important for colder climes, an ice scraper in the fuel filler cap that doubles as a tyre tread depth indicator.
The new petrol engine line-up consists of naturally-aspirated three-cylinder motors producing 44kW and 55kW while more powerful turbocharged TSI models are equipped with a particulate filter for lowered emissions and produce 70kW and 81kW, with the later the only car available with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Skoda has also added a suite of basic safety assistance features and both hatchback and wagon now come equipped with blind spot monitoring, rear traffic alert and automatic high beam assist.
The updated Fabia will launch in the second half of 2018.
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