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New Skoda Fabia Estate 1.2 S

The Skoda Fabia Estate 1.2 S is better value than a twenty pence lobster dinner.

By Stephen Turvil
Nov 18, 2011
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The Skoda Fabia Estate 1.2 S is better value than a twenty pence lobster dinner. But why? It is priced like a supermini, for starters, yet has a staggeringly spacious boot for its pint-sized proportions. As such, the Fabia's cargo capacity is a generous 400-litres. This increases to 1,460-litres with the rear seats folded flat. All for only £11,035. Let us put these figures in perspective. The Ford Focus and VW Golf Estates have comparable storage capacities, and cost from £17,100 and £17,960 respectively. Choosing the Fabia saves buyers between £6,065 and £6,925. That leaves plenty of spare cash for sea food.

The Skoda Fabia Estate 1.2 S has a few more tricks up its lobster-loving sleeves. The marque is owned by Volkswagen, so this load-lugger feels properly screwed together. Furthermore the handling is composed, the ride comfortable, it averages a cost-cutting 51.4mpg, and it is fairly attractive. Now for the bad news. This workhorse only produces 69ps, so it takes a lengthy fifteen seconds to reach 62mph. The specification is basic too, so air-conditioning, alloy wheels, and the electronic stability programme are cost options.

But that is missing the point. This practical Skoda is not about thrills or fancy gadgets – and it could not care less about speed. This machine is about shifting hefty piles of cargo for a tiny amount of money. This 'no nonsense' approach is rather noble, particularly compared to some over-styled and complex rivals. It may be better value than a 20p lobster, but this mile-muncher prefers straightforward fish and chips. Long like the Fabia.

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By Stephen Turvil
Nov 18, 2011