The Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo has been revealed and costs from £14,645. It was one of the most popular models in the old Fabia range, built to offer sporty looks without the high running costs associated with a performance-orientated model.
Based on the specification of the SE Fabia, the Monte Carlo name is a throwback to Skoda’s rallying heritage. It gets extra kit as standard, including 16-inch black alloy wheels, a black radiator grille, black wing mirrors, a rear spoiler and front LED daytime running lights. An estate version is also available – adds black roof rails and a healthy dose of added practicality.
Inside, buyers get a bright red centre console, a panoramic sunroof, figure-hugging sports seats and floor mats finished with red stitching.
Standard equipment includes a DAB radio, Bluetooth, an infotainment system and air conditioning. Owners also get SmartLink – an infotainment system that mirrors the messages and apps on your smartphone.
A good choice of engines is offered, including a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol with 74hp and a 1.2-litre turbo with 89hp, both of which are available with a five-speed manual gearbox. The larger engine is also offered with 109hp and the option of a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox. Two diesels are available – a 1.4-litre three-cylinder with 89hp and a 1.4-litre with 104hp, both of which can be specified with either the manual or automatic gearboxes.
If it’s frugality you’re after, the lower-powered 89hp 1.4-litre diesel comes out best – it averages just under 79mpg and is free to tax. It costs from £14,645, rising to £18,740 and is available to order now.
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