New third-generation Skoda Fabia estate priced

New third-generation Fabia Estate ŠKODA has confirmed prices and specifications for the new Fabia Estate ahead of its debut in spring 2015.

Available in three trim grades: S, SE and SE-L, the third-generation Fabia Estate is priced from just £12,460 and offers a significant specification boost over the outgoing model.

Entry-level S models feature six airbags, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth, Stop/Start and electric front windows as standard, while SE models (from £13,905 OTR) add manual air-conditioning, alloy wheels, Front assist, Arkamys surround sound package and Bolero radio with telephone control, Mirror Link, USB and SD card connections. SE models also include a three-spoke leather steering wheel, height adjustable driver and passenger seat, Maxi-DOT trip computer and black roof rails. Range-topping Elegance models (from £14,755 OTR) add even more features including 16-inch alloy wheels, climate control air-conditioning, Light assistant, cruise control and KESSY – keyless entry system.

In addition to its generous equipment levels, the new Fabia features a striking new look, sector-best practicality, greater efficiency and a host of Simply Clever innovations. Utilising advanced MQB platform architecture, the new Fabia Estate performs the impossible by being larger and stronger than its best-selling predecessor, yet tipping the scales at up to 65kg less. This significant reduction, along with the introduction of cleaner EU6-compliant engines makes the new Fabia up to 17 per cent more efficient.

The Fabia Estate’s low running costs and reduced CO2 outputs are certain to appeal to fleet buyers. BiK rates start from just 14% with seven of the 17-strong range qualifying for zero rate road tax. The 1.2 TSI 90PS engine is expected to be the most popular with UK buyers.

Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in September, the new Fabia Estate builds on the strengths of its predecessor. Its boot volume of 530 litres (with the seats up) makes it the most spacious in the sector, while its maximum load volume of 1,395 litres puts rivals in the sectors above to shame.

And it’s not just sheer volume that makes the new Fabia Estate such a practical proposition. The 960mm loading floor is now wider than in the previous model while the tailgate opens to 1,900 mm and is 1,028 mm wide. The loading sill is only 611mm high, making loading the car up easy. The passenger area is also wider (+21 mm) and longer (by +8mm), and although the car is now slightly lower, there’s more headroom for the driver and front seat passengers.

The Estate has been a key part of the Fabia range since 2000 and accounts for 25% of Fabia sales in the UK. More than 1.1 million examples have been sold worldwide, confirming its appeal with buyers looking to combine exceptional load space with a compact frame and affordable price.

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