New Skoda Fabia Estate
Skoda's Fabia gets an estate bodystyle to help with its load-carrying duties.
In the main, power options for the Fabia Estate mirror those of the Fabia hatch. 70bhp is the starting point as the amount delivered by the 12-valve 1.2-litre HTP engine and from there, petrol buyers can step on to a 1.4-litre 16-valve with 85bhp or the 1.6-litre 16-valve with 105bhp. Anyone after rip-snorting performance shouldn’t really be looking at a Fabia Estate in the first place but if you want a bit more muscle for getting heavy payloads off the line, on of the 70bhp 1.4 TDI, 80bhp 1.4 TDI or 105bhp 1.9 TDI diesels should suffice.
The Estate is nearly 24cm longer than its hatchback relative and viewing the two cars side by side, you can believe it. The estate looks altogether lither and less stubby with its extra side window and the shallow angle of its tailgate. The extra dimensions have helped Skoda engineers achieve a 480-litre boot capacity with the seats up, some 180 litres more than you’ll cram into the hatchback. Fold the 60/40 split rear seats flat and there’s 1,460 litres. That’s 297 litres up on the hatchback.
There are three trim levels available with the Fabia Estate, conveniently called 1, 2 and 3 by the ever pragmatic Skoda. All models get central locking, electric windows at the front, height adjustment for the driver’s seat, height and reach adjustment for the steering wheel and a CD stereo with MP3 compatibility. Safety equipment includes ABS along with front and side airbags. For a vehicle starting at £9,360, that isn’t a bad haul. The step up to the Fabia 2 yields 15" alloy wheels, air-conditioning, body coloured exterior parts, remote central locking, a trip computer and those natty roof rails. Meanwhile Fabia 3, which starts at £12,205 for the 1.4-litre petrol model, gives you climate and cruise control, front fog lights, 16" alloys, parking sensors and curtain airbags. The 1.6-litre petrol engine is offered with the tiptronic clutchless gearbox otherwise, it’s a 5-speed manual.