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Cut-price European car incoming: 2025 Skoda Fabia Select makes it $7000 cheaper to get into the Volkswagen Polo, Toyota Yaris and Mazda2 rival

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It's now $7000 cheaper to get into a Skoda Fabia.
It's now $7000 cheaper to get into a Skoda Fabia.

The Skoda Fabia is the latest vehicle in the Czech brand’s range to score a more affordable variant.

The brand copped some flak for having only the circa-$38,990 drive-away fully-loaded Fabia Monte Carlo on sale in Australia.

Now it has introduced the Fabia Select, which is priced at $31,990 drive-away.

The Fabia now slips in underneath its twin under-the-skin, the Volkswagen Polo.

It puts it in the same ballpark as the smaller Mazda2 and the more fuel efficient but not as well equipped Toyota Yaris Ascent Sport Hybrid.

The Fabia is powered by a three-cylinder 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that makes 85kW and 200Nm matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch auto driving the front wheels.

Skoda Australia Head of Product and Marketing Kieran Merrigan says the Fabia combines strong value for money and a high level of equipment.

“The Fabia continues with the enormous boot and generous legroom that surpasses some vehicles from the next class up,” said Merrigan.

The Fabia Select lands in showrooms from August.
The Fabia Select lands in showrooms from August.

Skoda’s global boss Klaus Zellmer foreshadowed the recently added cheaper variants. He said last year at the Munich motor show the brand had “homework to do” on its Australian pricing, especially when it came to the Fabia.

Since then Skoda Australia has brought in a new entry-level $32,990 drive-away Kamiq small SUV and new $39,990 drive-away Karoq mid-size SUV.

Fabia Select buyers can expect 16-inch alloy wheels, LED lighting front and back and power folding side mirrors.

Inside there is an 8.25-inch multimedia screen paired with an 8.0-inch digital driver display. This is complemented by a leather-trimmed sports steering wheel and manually adjustable cloth wrapped seats.

The Fabia has a spacious interior for its size.
The Fabia has a spacious interior for its size.

There is a wide array of safety tech included such as blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert that sounds the alarm if a car is approaching from the side as you reverse.

The Fabia Select is backed by Skoda’s seven-year/unlimited km warranty and will land in showrooms from August.

Dom Tripolone
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Dom is Sydney born and raised and one of his earliest memories of cars is sitting in the back seat of his dad's BMW coupe that smelled like sawdust. He aspired to be a newspaper journalist from a young age and started his career at the Sydney Morning Herald working in the Drive section before moving over to News Corp to report on all things motoring across the company's newspapers and digital websites. Dom has embraced the digital revolution and joined CarsGuide as News Editor, where he finds joy in searching out the most interesting and fast-paced news stories on the brands you love. In his spare time Dom can be found driving his young son from park to park.
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