Superminis might not sound ideal for a police car, but that didn’t stop Skoda from unveiling a specially prepared fourth-generation Fabia for the UK police. The model is the latest addition in Skoda’s emergency service vehicle fleet, next to the Kodiaq vRS, the fully electric Enyaq iV, and other models.
Skoda says that the Fabia has been a part of police fleets since the first generation, and describes the latest model as “the ideal beat car for police forces across the UK, whether on city streets or country lanes”. Indeed, the new Fabia is larger, safer, and better equipped compared to its predecessors so we guess that the officers will enjoy it. Moreover, it is available with four petrol engines with outputs from 79 hp (80 PS) to 148 hp (150 PS) for the most powerful 1.5 TSI unit. In the latter, power is sent to the front axle through a 7-speed DSG transmission allowing a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration in 8 seconds and a top speed of 225 km/h (140 mph).
The police car conversion included the blue and yellow livery, a roof-mounted lighting unit, additional flashing LEDs on the grille and bumper, plus a siren. Inside, Skoda has integrated the emergency services communication platform in the 9.2-inch touchscreen of the infotainment, while the driver will also have access to the 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster.
The company also highlighted the segment-leading 380 liters (13.4 cubic feet) of boot space that can grow up to 1,190 lt (42 cubic feet) with the rear seats folded “allowing room for everything police officers require to perform their vital work once they arrive on scene”. Finally, the Fabia is safe enough for the police to drive as proven by the five-star EuroNCAP rating, the nine airbags, and the available ADAS.
Skoda is offering bespoke conversions for emergency service fleets, offering the conversion, breakdown recovery, servicing, maintenance, and repairs into a single package.