The new Skoda Fabia Combi is a further important step into the successful future of the design vocabulary of Škoda Auto. Without making any concessions in basic values in regard to the high quality of the design, the choice of materials workmanship or the extremely favourable price-performance ratio, the new Skoda Fabia Combi of the second generation has its sights firmly set on higher levels. Its appearance is characterised by a stylistic elegance, with which it occupies a unique position in the segment of the sub-compact estate cars. But, the new Fabia as an estate version must not suffer under its beauty. It does not strive to be a utility vehicle, but a vehicle with a variety of uses. For all of those customers who do not want to or who cannot afford to be limited in space when it involves their hobbies or their passions. The rose-grower, the architect, the model maker, the gallery owner or the outdoor sportsman, as the owner of a Skoda Fabia Combi none of these have to leave the object of their desires behind at home, at work or in the office. The youngest member of the Škoda family provides him with appropriate transportationat all times without exuding the dry charm of a commercial vehicle. Perfect in its form, it more than holds its own on a demanding automobile stage and the lifestyleoriented driver will stand out pleasantly with the clean and independent line of the design of his car from the majority of the cars on offer in the segment of sub-compact estate cars.
At the front the youngest member of the Škoda family has the attractive face of its sister range, the Skoda Fabia hatchback sedan. Expressive headlights, a three-dimensionally emphasized radiator grill and a clearly contoured engine bonnet with its arrow-shaped centre aligned on the lines of the Škoda logo while its flanks flow into the shaped front wings of the car. All of these combine to give the Fabia an exceptionally sympathetic characteristic trait. The windscreen is relatively vertical thus ensuring a better overview and the fact that the interior does not heat up to the same extent. The roof slopes elegantly downwards but without losing valuable space in the boot section. The line of this flows into the D-pillars which elegantly and stylishly round off the rear of the Skoda Fabia Combi. And it by no means hides its ancestry. The new Fabia Combi displays the genes of its forefathers in a self-assured manner and adds a successfully rounded rear together with a rear window displaying a good view of what is behind.
As was already the case with the Škoda Roomster and the Fabia sedan with its hatchback, the Skoda Fabia Combi also exhibits the characteristic vizier look with the window pane form diminishing in size towards the rear. This affords the five-door car with a length of 4239 millimetres a particularly dynamic appearance, as part of its estate characteristics is the additional side window between the C- and D-pillars continuing the glass surface further into the rear. Although 46 millimetres higher than the first Skoda Fabia Combi, the new generation nevertheless does not create a top-heavy appearance. The stable shoulders and the contoured edge at the bottom of the doors separate the areas optically, reducing the appearance in this way. The long rear end stretches the line of the Fabia, and, in spite of its increase dimensions, nevertheless gives it balanced proportions and affords the bodywork a dynamic appearance of straining forward.
A LOT OF SPACE IN AN ELEGANT PACKAGE
With its expressive, but, nevertheless, elegant styling, the Skoda Fabia Combi will appeal to much wider range of customers than its predecessor. Functionality in space provided, and the robust, solid characteristics of its design are symbolic of the high degree of usage afforded by the Skoda Fabia Combi in daily use, while its stylistic independence with an almost coupe-like contour will make a good figure in front of the club lounge or in front of the outlet for designer furniture. The convincing transport volume does not capitulate in the face of even the most demanding tasks. In comparison to its predecessor, its volume has increased by 54 litres to 480 litres when the rear seat back remains upright. In the event that the seat backs and seats are folded forward, a loading space of 1460 litres is created. This is 235 litres more than in the old Skoda Fabia Combi, making the Škoda world champion in loading even in comparison to its competitors in the middle class. And all of this is offered with an easy-to-operate folding mechanism and perfect spatial ergonomics. Fully in line with the convincing loading volume provided, the loading weight possibility affords the same high level. Independent of the engine provided, this varies according to the version of fittings supplied and reaches a figure of up to 515 kilograms.
The impressive offer is further spiced with numerous helpful details in the fittings, making the new Skoda Fabia Combi to what Škoda Auto has chosen as its motto – it is simply clever. The tailgate opens far upwards and prevents unwanted encounters of a painful nature between it and the head of its user. The boot cover is fitted with an automatic roll function as is offered in the higher classed Škoda Octavia Combi. A simple touch with your elbow and the plastic mat will automatically roll back into ist housing. This is a considerable advantage and increased comfort when loading the car. In addition, the loading space can be individually fitted out with practical accessories, systems for securing loads, holding objects such as the model helicopter or the expensive works of old masters safely in position, and preventing their being damaged, are also on offer. Dirt and water-resistant floor mats make the transportation of mountain bikes after a tour in bad weather or the transportation of diving equipment a clean operation. Storage fixtures which can be mounted with a only a few movements create orderliness in the loading space. The functional grip on the inside of the tailgate makes it easier to close the flap thanks to its correct ergonomic shape which relieves the wrist and prevents the hand from getting caught in the door.
The space provided in the passenger cell makes the Skoda Fabia Combi the best in its class. In the front, generosity is the main feature while in the rear, the measurements are truly royal. Here, the ambience corresponds to that of the Fabia with the hatchback form, attractive, two-coloured fittings, exquisite choice of materials and perfect workmanship underline the claim of the Skoda Fabia Combi, namely that it is advancing to become the scene’s best transport and lifestyle artist. This in turn is underlined by the high-quality fittings of the loading space with textile covering and solid cladding exuding an air of excellent quality and value for money. The Skoda Fabia Combi does not simply transport large quantities of luggage, it transports this in an extremely stylistic and careful manner.
As far as operator friendliness is concerned, the Skoda Fabia Combi by no means lags behind its hatchback brother in any way. All of the functions are clearly displayed, combined into groups and positioned ergonomically correctly on the dashboard or on the steering column. The multi-function module on the left next to the steering wheel makes it easy to operate the audio unit or the telephone when the appropriate fittings are installed. The twin glove compartment and a variety of further storage spaces offer a great deal of space for board luggage, bottle holders for 1.5 litre PET bottles are every bit at home in the Skoda Fabia Combi as are the storage space for glasses in the ceiling or pockets on the backs of the front seats. Even in the case of curves at high speed, which the excellent chassis of the Skoda Fabia Combi permits as a result of its high safety reserves, everything in the interior remains in place thanks to the tailor-made possibilities for storage.
The excellent seating comfort in the new Fabia Combi makes stress-free driving without any back strain possible even on long trips. The high backs of the front seats provide support for the shoulder blades thus contributing towards a more relaxed body position while the contoured seating surface offers good side support. A virtue which is by no means a matter of course in a car of this class. Just as exceptional as it is helpful – the steering wheel which is adjustable in two directions. Thanks to the possibility of adjustment both in axial as well as in horizontal directions this makes it possible to quickly find a comfortable and safe sitting position.
The Skoda Fabia Combi thus recommends itself as a reliable and a pleasant partner fort rips in the city or on long trips. Îts pleasant ambience in the interior, which, thanks to 9 different upholstery materials and, dependent upon the level of fittings chosen, different designs in the instrument panel, the middle console and the cladding, can be designed in an extremely individual manner, affording the car attributes which are by no means standard in a car of this class. The basic version with four levels of fittings – Classic, Ambiente, Sport and Elegance – can be finely tuned to meet the very individual taste and personal wishes of the driver.