The VW 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 Greenline II which at launch became the second most economical car you could buy in the UK, after the smart fortwo cdi.
With the second edition of the Greenline, Skoda has scored a major coup with the Fabia achieving a remarkably low 88 g/km CO2 thanks to a combined fuel consumption of 83.1 mpg. For a non-hybrid model that is nothing short of incredible.
Skoda stands for no-nonsense practicality and value for money, and the Fabia doesn’t disappoint in this area, however one result of this is that the interior is rather dull. The excellent fuel economy boosts practicality with a theoretical range of 932 miles.
In order to hit 88 g/km Skoda has introduced a new three-cylinder turbocharged 1.2 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 7.7 mpg in city traffic. Be aware that the diesel engine is noisy and the car has long gearing.
The Fabia is a thoroughly engineered car which has always blended practicality with affordability. In Greenline II guise it is also achieves stunningly low CO2 emissions too. In short it offers excellent value for money thanks to Skoda’s ability to achieve excellent fuel economy without resorting to hybrid technology.