Skoda Fabia gets new engines and kit in mid-life facelift

Skoda‘s facelifted Fabia supermini will offer new engines, extra equipment and the lightest of aesthetic updates when it arrives in the UK in September.

The Czech hatchback will still be available as a big-booted estate, while the existing S, SE, SE-L, Monte Carlo and Colour Edition trim levels will remain.

On the outside, however, new headlights join a deeper grille, while the rear bumper has been very slightly reworked.

In the cabin, meanwhile, the updated car looks much the same as before, but there’s a host of new safety equipment. Blind-spot monitoring is now available, and there’s a system that detects oncoming traffic while reversing out of parking spaces.

Other high-tech additions include LED daytime running lights that are now standard across the range, while the SE-L trim gets satellite navigation as standard and the Monte Carlo benefits from two-zone climate control.

But the greatest changes lie under the sharply creased bonnet. The less powerful 59bhp and 74bhp 1.0-litre petrol engines remain in situ, but the larger 1.2-litre units have been removed. Instead, customers will be able to choose from two new powerplants. Both have just three cylinders and one litre of displacement, but they’re turbocharged, so one produces 95bhp and the other manages 109bhp.

Prices start from £11,160, which buys the entry-level Fabia S with the 1.0-litre 59bhp engine. However, the top-of-the-range 109bhp estate with an automatic gearbox will cost almost £18,000.

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