The VW Group was initially slow bringing low carbon models to market, but they are now fully committed to the agenda and are developing new models with commendable pace.
The Fabia is one of the most practical supermini-derived estates thanks to an excellent 1460 litres of boot space with the rear seats folded down. With the seats in place the boot has a capacity of 480 litres which also puts many competitors to shame. The Fabia is also commendably light, which benefits handling and fuel economy.
At its heart is the 1.2 TSI unit which is becoming the engine of choice for the VW Group’s small cars thanks to a particularly wide torque band combined with healthy power outputs and top-notch fuel economy. The engine downsizing that the TSI system allows also reduces the kerbweight still further.
In the Fabia this engine is available in either 86 or 105 PS formats. The lower-powered unit has better fuel economy but the more powerful option runs it very close and offers more torque across a wider range too. Even so, in 86 PS spec, peak torque of 118 lb.ft is available from a diesel-rivalling 1,500 rpm to 3,500 rpm.
The Skoda Fabia Estate SE is a thoroughly engineered estate car which has always blended practicality with affordability. The 1.2 TSI engine suits it well, offering good torque and petrol refinement. In common with the rest of the Skoda range, the material and build quality make it excellent value for money and a great private buy.