The Volkswagen Group was initially slow bringing low carbon models to market, but it is now fully committed to the agenda and is developing new models with commendable pace. The latest addition to the range is the Fabia Estate which is a very welcome extra choice in the estate car sector.
The latest version of the Fabia adopts Skoda’s new styling but it doesn’t deviate too far from the previous model. The same is true of the interior which is uncluttered, well laid out and robust, but lacks any wow factor. It is a recipe that has served Skoda well so we can understand the reticence to stray too far from the blueprint.
The Fabia is one of the most practical supermini-derived estates thanks to an excellent 1395 litres of boot space with the rear seats folded down. With the seats in place the boot has a capacity of 530 litres which also puts many competitors to shame. The excellent fuel economy also boosts practicality with a theoretical range of 932 miles.
In order to hit 89g/km Skoda has introduced a new three-cylinder turbocharged 1.4 TDI engine which uses the industry-standard high pressure common rail system rather than the Group’s antiquated Pump-Duse technology. The other big news is the introduction of engine stop-start which Skoda estimates saves up to 7.7mpg in city traffic.
The Skoda Fabia Estate is a thoroughly engineered car which has always blended practicality with affordability. Combined with the uber-efficient diesel engine it also achieves stunningly low CO2 emissions. In short it offers excellent value for money thanks to Skoda’s ability to achieve excellent fuel economy without resorting to hybrid technology.