Skoda’s Fabia has received a face-lift and interior improvements, in addition to a limited-time offer.

The Fabia’s 2005 design sees a new front grille, spoiler and fog lamps, as well as new rear light clusters that echo the “C” shape of the new Octavia’s rear lights. The interior look is modernised with new interior upholstery.

And for a limited time, the entry-level 1.2 54bhp Classic Fabia is available for £6,995 – now including air conditioning – representing a saving of over £1,000.

The Ambiente trim also benefits from free air-conditioning, whilst Elegance models – with air conditioning already a standard feature – get rear parking sensors, cruise control and small leather pack (previously unavailable on Fabia), all free of charge until the end of the year and adding up to £500-worth of extras.

Model designations for the Fabia are changing at the same time. The current levels – Classic, Comfort, Elegance – will change to Classic, Ambiente and Elegance, again echoing the Octavia designations. The newly-updated Fabia continues to be available in hatch, saloon and estate, in the three trim levels, all with no change in price.

The sporty Fabia vRS, with its 1.9 TDI 130 bhp engine, remains unchanged for 2005.