Skoda has finally revealed the interior of the new Fabia, claiming 17 ‘Simply Clever’ features including the brand-first inclusion of smartphone-pairing MirrorLink technology.
This allows owners to use their iPhones and Android devices through the touchscreen infotainment system itself. When connected via USB cable, all MirrorLink-certified apps will be ‘mirrored’, from navigation apps to music apps.
Alongside this, an ice scraper in the fuel filler flap doesn’t seem quite so exciting, but Skoda says owners love such features and people will be drawn to the new 2015 Fabia as a result. Same goes for the rubbish bin in the side door, storage nets on the side of the front seats and a glovebox that swallows 1.0-litre bottles.
Indeed, the new Fabia has space for seven drinks bottles: one in all four doors, two in the centre console and the ‘make it large’ compartment in the glovebox.
The interior itself is bigger, with more legroom, headroom and elbowroom, front and rear. The 330-litre boot is the largest in the segment (15 litres bigger than before and only 50 litres smaller than a Volkswagen Golf), while folding the rear seats reveals 1150 litres of space.
This is despite the new Fabia being 8mm shorter overall than the old one.
The design itself closely follows the Skoda template of simplicity and robustness. Fripperies are minimal and there’s ample use of Volkswagen Group parts, not least the colour touchscreen that’s central to the MirrorLink functionality. This will be optional, as will the climate control, heated seats and keyless go pictured above; the space, the cupholders and the ice scraper will be standard on all.