Not only will owners be reassured by the Fabia’s comprehensive network of safety features and five-star EuroNCAP rating, they will also benefit from its lower insurance ratings.
The expected best-selling Fabia SE 1.0-litre 75 PS qualifies for group 3E insurance – two groups lower than its predecessor, while the 1.2-litre 90 PS model is a group lower, at 8E. The top-specification 1.2-litre 110 PS SE-L is also a group lower, at 12 E. The lower insurance ratings are in part due to the Fabia’s advanced active safety systems, which include Front Assist with City Emergency Braking as standard from SE specification.
All seven ŠKODA model series have achieved the maximum five-star safety rating in the internationally recognised Euro NCAP crash tests, with the new ŠKODA Fabia being awarded five stars most recently in November. The universal top rating by Euro NCAP proves the high safety level of ŠKODA vehicles, and has been the result of intensive work to achieve maximum active and passive vehicle safety.
“The safety of all passengers is ŠKODA’s top priority,” says ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development Dr. Frank Welsch. “This uncompromising standard applies across all classes of vehicles, from the city car ŠKODA Citigo to our flagship ŠKODA Superb. We are constantly working to improve the level of active and passive safety in our vehicles. This includes installing innovative assistance systems, as well as perfectly coordinated restraint systems, cutting-edge suspension technology, high-performance lighting systems and optimizing the body structures of our vehicles.”
ŠKODA employs around 1700 specialist designers, engineers and constructors in the Technical Development department. A considerable part of this work is directly or indirectly concerned with the technical issues of vehicle safety.
The new small car ŠKODA Fabia clearly demonstrates how much emphasis ŠKODA puts on safety systems. The third-generation model offers a variety of safety innovations that had previously been reserved for higher vehicle segments. This means that the new ŠKODA Fabia features a safety level new to this segment, and is unmatched by any small car outside the Volkswagen Group.
The Front Assistant with integrated city emergency brake function is a first in this generation of Fabia. The new Fabia also features a long list of additional safety features, such as post-collision automatic braking, Driver Activity Assistant (fatigue detection), Speed Limiter, Hill Hold Control (assists drivers to start on an incline) and an electronic tyre pressure monitoring system. Other optional features include LED daytime running lights and fog lights with cornering function.
As part of their respective market launches over recent years, all seven ŠKODA model series have been awarded the highest rating of five stars in the Euro NCAP Crash tests. The new ŠKODA Fabia received the top rating most recently in early November.
Other models to have achieved five-star Euro NCAP status include the ŠKODA Octavia (2013), ŠKODA Rapid(2012), ŠKODA Citigo (2011), ŠKODA Yeti (2009), ŠKODA Superb (2008) and ŠKODA Roomster (2006).
The high safety level of the ŠKODA models has been confirmed by independent experts. Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) is an independent consortium of European transport ministries, automobile associations, insurers and consumer advocates. The organisation carries out crash tests with new automobile models, assessing safety according to the four categories of occupant protection for adults, child safety, pedestrian safety and supporting safety systems.