Skôda’s efficient new eco car, the Fabia is now available
Skôda has announced the prices and equipment details of its all-new third generation Fabia. The new 5-door supermini arrives in the UK in January and 18 models will be available across three trim levels: S, SE and Elegance. Prices will start from £10,600 and go on to £16,840. Skôda claims that the new Fabia is more practical, efficient and better specified than the model it replaces.
Entry-level S models will get six airbags, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth, Start/Stop and electric front windows.
SE models cost from £12,760 and come equipped with manual air conditioning, alloy wheels, front parking sensors, a Bolero radio with telephone control and Arkamys surround-sound package, Mirror Link which mirrors your smartphone on the touchscreen, USB and SD card connections. In addition, they also get a three-spoke leather-trimmed steering wheel, a height adjustable driver and passenger seat and a Maxi-DOT trip computer.
Flagship Elegance models cost from £13,610 and revel in luxury with larger 16-inch alloy wheels, upgraded climate control, cruise control and KESSY keyless entry.
It is unlikely that a hot vRS Fabia will reach us for the time-being. The previous model struggled to find sales in the UK.
The new Fabia sits on Volkswagen Group’s MQB architecture which also underpins the Audi A3 and VW Golf. Whilst it is larger and more stronger than its predecessor, it weighs a useful 65kg less which, coupled to the introduction of a range of cleaner EU6-compliant engines, helps make the new Fabia up to 17% more efficient.
The most efficient engine is the 89bhp 1.4-litre TDI which emits just 88g/km of CO2. The most powerful option is the 108bhp 1.2-litre TSI petrol unit which emits 110g/km of CO2 but should also provide a sub 10-second time for the 0-62mph sprint.
In the main, engines are mated to a standard 5-speed manual gearbox, but some models will be available with the option of an automatic DSG transmission.
Externally it offers no real surprises. Much of the design philosophy has been borrowed from other models in the range, particularly the front and rear lights which are almost identical to those of the larger Octavia. Its lines are inoffensive and has taught proportions. In some ways, it looks like a scaled-down version of the company’s Rapid Spaceback.
This is echoed in the interior, and this shouldn’t be construed as a criticism. It brings a functional layout and a roomy cabin. The dash is clean and smart with attractive dials. The boot is a class-leading 330-litres.
Alasdair Stewart, Skôda brand director, told First4Auto: “We’re delighted to be announcing final details of our Fabia range as the car makes its public debut. The Fabia enjoys a loyal following in the UK and it has been our most popular model with buyers. I’m confident that the new car with its reduced running costs and high equipment levels will continue to be in-demand with new and existing customers alike.”
The order books are now open for the new Fabia and the first deliveries will start in January 2015.
This is an abridged article prepared by First4Auto exclusivley for EcoCars4Sale.