After the recent release of the new Fabia hatchback, Skoda has now turned its attention to the estate model.
The stretched supermini is certainly an important model for Skoda – since the first version hit showrooms in 2002, a quarter of all Fabia models sold have been estates. Considering the amount of boot space you get for your money and Skoda’s reputation for build quality where it matters, we’re not terribly surprised.
Given that Skoda are well aware that they’re on to a winning formula, there isn’t anything radically new here. The Fabia Estate remains largely similar to the hatch, save for the extra lump of metal hanging over the back wheels.
The estate body is 10mm longer and 90mm wider than the outgoing model, which helps boot volume increase by 25 litres, to 530 – a class-leading figure, according to Skoda. It’s worth pointing out that with the rear seats up, this ‘small’ Skoda’s boot is bigger than that of an Audi A4 saloon or Mercedes C-Class saloon. Blimey.
When the rear seats are folded, that space extends to a very generous 1,395 litres.
The estate is very well equipped for a car in this class, with stop-start technology and DAB digital radio fitted as standard on all models, while some roof rails up the practicality stakes a little further – perfect for attaching roof boxes if the boot just isn’t cavernous for you.
What’s under the bonnet?
The engine lineup is shared with the hatchback, and on average the new units are 17 per cent more efficient than the outgoing model. The range comprises of a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol, and two versions of both the 1.2-litre turbo petrol 1.4-litre turbo diesel.
Power ranges from 74hp in the 1.0 up to 109 in the 1.2TSI. Emissions figures are impressively low across the range, with all models falling into either the 14 or 15 per cent company car tax bracket. For private buyers, the diesel models won’t cost you a penny to tax.
Prices start at £12,460 for the entry level 1.0-litre, and the first ones are expected to trundle onto our shores in March 2015.