2022 Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo – Exterior and Interior / A sporty supermini. The new Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo has been unveiled. This new model sits at the top of the Fabia range, rivalling sporty-looking hatchbacks like the Ford Fiesta ST-Line and Hyundai i20 N-Line.
Mirroring other models in the Skoda range, Monte Carlo trim introduces a host of sporty styling upgrades over the standard car as well as a high level of standard equipment. While prices have still not yet been confirmed, we can expect the Fabia Monte Carlo to start from around £21,000 when it goes on sale in the summer.
The arrival of the new Fabia Monte Carlo completes the lineup for Skoda’s small supermini, which went on sale late last year. Buyers hoping for an even sportier vRS version are likely to be disappointed as, at this stage, no such model is planned.
Now in its fourth generation, the new Fabia has been given a complete overhaul with a new design, an array of the latest technology and improved practicality. It sits on the VW Group’s ‘MQB A0’ platform, which already underpins the latest iterations of the VW Polo and SEAT Ibiza.
In true Skoda fashion, the sporty tweaks to the Fabia’s design on the Monte Carlo are relatively subtle. The Fabia Monte Carlo features gloss black accents for the grille, mirror caps and front LED fog lights. Skoda has also given the Monte Carlo full-LED headlights and tinted privacy glass as standard. The addition of a deeper front bumper and sideskirts is designed to give it a more aggressive stance.
The new Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo sits on a set of model-specific 17-inch alloy wheels. Buyers looking to enhance the look of their car further can opt for larger 18-inch wheels as well as the optional black contrast roof and adaptive-LED headlights.
The Fabia gets the full Monte Carlo treatment inside too, with sports seats, a new flat-bottomed steering wheel with ‘Monte Carlo’ badging, and leather trim on the handbrake and gear lever. Elsewhere, the new car features red contrasting stitching throughout, and matching red and carbon fibre-effect trim pieces for the dashboard and doors.
As you can expect from the range-topping model, the Fabia Monte Carlo comes with plenty of standard equipment. Monte Carlo cars get a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, plus an eight-inch infotainment system as standard; the wider 9.2-inch screen with gesture control is available for an additional cost.
Skoda offers the Monte Carlo with a choice of two engines. The entry-level engine is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit with 109bhp. This is available with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed DSG automatic as an option.
Drivers looking for even more power can opt for the larger 1.5-litre four-cylinder TSI Evo petrol engine with 148bhp. Only available in Monte Carlo trim, this engine comes as standard with the DSG automatic transmission, meaning the Fabia can accelerate from 0-62mph in just eight seconds – placing it firmly in warm-hatch territory alongside the 153bhp Ecoboost Ford Fiesta. Skoda says it’ll do 50.4mpg thanks in part to cylinder-deactivation technology.
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