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Lower Emission Skoda Fabia

Skoda is bringing out a Fabia capable of 69mpg. The 1.4 TDI Fabia GreenLine has emissions of just 109g/km CO2, and costs only £11,490 for the hatchback (and £12,140 for the estate).

This means it will be congestion charge exempt and the yearly tax disc will cost just £35.

How has Skoda done all this? Is it a complex hybrid system? No, in keeping with the Skoda brand, it has been achieved through sensible low-cost measures. The company says that additional aerodynamic panels have been fitted to the underside of the chassis, the spare tyre has been replaced with a puncture repair kit, and the front bumper has been raised by 35mm, compared to the standard 1.4 TDI Fabia 2 on which the GreenLine is based.

This means that the Fabia becomes the greenest estate you can buy – if you accept that the Mini Clubman D, also emitting 109g/km CO2, is not really a proper estate. The Mini is also more expensive at £15,400.

The Fabia GreenLine should have a range of 689 miles on one tank of diesel.

Available in Amazon Green, Magic Black, Brilliant Silver or Candy the Fabia GreenLine is available to order now with the first customer deliveries expected from the 21st of April.