SKODA

SKODA FABIA ESTATE 1.0 TSI Monte Carlo 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph10.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2124 g/km

Skoda's improved third generation Fabia estate offers more load space than any other supermini wagon, a massive 530-litres with the rear seats still in place. It's keenly-priced, well-styled and rides on a modern chassis. In other words, it's got all the ingredients to be the class best.

LOADING UP ON VALUE

Don't overlook the estate version of Skoda's much improved third-generation Fabia. It's small, but not that small - as Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

Skoda's improved third generation Fabia estate offers more load space than any other supermini wagon, a massive 530-litres with the rear seats still in place. It's keenly-priced, well-styled and rides on a modern chassis. In other words, it's got all the ingredients to be the class best.

Background

There's not a whole lot in the motoring world that projects less glamour than a Skoda Fabia Estate. It's not something that will have too many people's pulses spiking at the prospect of getting behind the wheel. In most cases it will be a purchase based on a set of keenly researched and wholly objective criteria; a tool for a job. While this might sound like we're talking the latest Fabia Estate down, there is a definite appeal in its sheer pragmatism. If you want a supermini-sized car that can carry 530-litres of luggage in the boot, your choice narrows down to one - this car. And, far from being a distress purchase, the Fabia Estate actually has a lot going for it other than mere cubic litres of fresh air out back.

Driving Experience

The Fabia estate rides on a version of the Volkswagen Group's MQB platform, but it's not the full monte. Instead, the central structure is MQB with some front and rear structures from the PQ26 chassis, so it's a bit of mix and match. The wheelbase here is the same as the Fabia hatch, with a longer rear overhang delivering the extra carrying capacity. Engine-wise, all of the units on offer are now three cylinder petrol-powered engines, Skoda deciding that the market for diesels amongst supermini buyers is now defunct. There's a base 75PS 1.0-litre MPI normally aspirated powerplant, but the engine to have, if you can stretch to it, is the 1.0-litre TSI turbo, available with 95 or 110PS. The perkier unit can be matched with 7-speed DSG auto transmission. Even the base TSI variant gets to 62mph in 0.6s en route to 115mph. The pokier version improves these figures to 9.5s and 122mph. On the move, Skoda has worked hard to endow the Fabia with a supple ride, decent body control and low-effort steering. Once you've made the right engine choice, you'll get yourself undemanding transport that on occasion can offer up a few driving rewards. Despite the addition of an XDS+ electronic differential system that aids corner turn-in, these benefits won't really manifest themselves if you're the kind of person who likes to drive on your doorhandles. But then if that's your preference, you probably wouldn't be looking at a Fabia in the first place.

Design and Build

The Fabia Estate manages to avoid the look of many supermini estates, namely that they've reversed into a greenhouse and tried to escape the scene of the crime. Instead, it's a neatly integrated thing and you might need to look twice to figure out that it is an estate model rather than another Skoda model with a longer roof, such as the Rapid. As for the visual changes made to this revised version, well front and rear design updates deliver a smarter appearance and there are more stylish wheel designs of up to 18-inches in size. Shaplier headlights and front fog lights with sleeker outlines and state-of-the-art lighting technology also freshen up the look, LED headlights and LED rear lights being offered for the first time. Inside, there's a redesigned instrument cluster, smarter trim strips for the dashboard and two-tone finishes for the seats to update the interior. And practicality? Well the Fabia estate's 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. The 960mm loading floor is now wider than rivals can offer, while the tailgate opens to 1,900mm and is 1,028mm wide. The loading sill is only 611mm high, making loading the car up easy.

Market and Model

There's a £1,000 premium to own this Estate model rather than the Hatchback variant and prices start at around £14,000. There are five familiar trim levels; 'S', 'SE', 'SE L', 'Monte Carl'o and 'Colour Edition'. A key improvement made to this revised model is the addition of the brand's 'Swing' centre-dash infotainment monitor, a 6.5-inch display that also allows drivers to use the full range of mobile online services from 'Skoda Connect'. The 'Connect' package consists of two things; 'Infotainment Online' gives you online traffic information and can update you on things like fuel prices, parking spaces, current news and weather. Then there are the so-called 'CareConnect Services' which allow you to monitor your car from your smartphone, plus the set-up includes a breakdown call function and will automatically alert the emergency services if the airbags go off in an accident. Further up the Fabia range, buyers are offered the more sophisticated 'Amundsen' navigation system, which features an Online Traffic Information service with real-time information on traffic hold-ups. Meanwhile, innovative SmartLink+ technology makes it possible to enjoy all the benefits of the Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink and SmartGate standards. There have been some safety additions too, including Blind Spot Detection and a Rear Traffic Alert system that monitors what is going on behind the vehicle and warns of a risk of collision when reversing. Another newly available feature is Light Assist, which automatically switches to low beam as soon as the system detects oncoming traffic or vehicles ahead.

Cost of Ownership

The 1.0-litre engine turns in some excellent economy figures. In the old Fabia 1.2 TSI, you could count on around 61mpg from the 1.2-litre unit; now with the 95PS 1.0-litre TSI variant, you're good for 65.7mpg with emissions dropping to just 99g/km. Go for the pokier 110PS unit and you're looking at 64.2mpg and 101g/km. Or 62.8mpg and 104g/km for a DSG auto model. That means that in the real world, a 1.0-litre TSI petrol-powered Fabia could easier end up being more economic overall than some supermini diesel models. Fabias have always held very firm when it comes to residual values, used buyers valuing the Volkswagen Group input and resolute build quality. Insurance has also been very cheap, reflecting the mature owner profile. Will that change now that Skoda is aiming at a younger demographic? We'll have to wait on that one.

Summary

It's easy to underestimate the importance of the Estate to the Fabia product line. Here in the UK, it's often perceived as a very minority-interest niche body style, but it has actually accounted for a full quarter of domestic Fabia sales. More than 1.1 million examples have been shifted worldwide. In other words, this wasn't a model that Skoda could afford to get wrong. The third generation model has proved to be exactly what owners would have hoped for. It offers the usual Skoda qualities of sound efficiency, excellent practicality and solid engineering backed up with decent value, an improved interior and mature, cohesive styling. The Fabia Estate doesn't actually have too much competition to dust down. The biggest-selling superminis in the sector such as the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and Volkswagen Polo don't offer estate variants, which really opens the way for the Fabia to clean up. As indeed it should. Sometimes sensible is exactly what's required. Skoda's counting on it.

  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Heated rear window
  • Intermittent rear wash/wipe
  • Privacy glass
  • Tinted windscreen

  • ESC includes ABS, MSR, ASR, EDS and HBA

  • Textile floor mat set

  • Sports suspension

  • Power assisted steering
  • Front assistant collision mitigation
  • Speed limiter

  • Stop/start system

  • SmartLink plus
  • Service interval indicator
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Exterior temperature gauge

  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors

  • Auxiliary socket for external MP3 player
  • Radio swing plus with 6.5" touchscreen display, Bluetooth, SD card slot, USB port and 6 speakers
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Black roof
  • Door sill inserts with Monte Carlo logo
  • Monte Carlo logo and exterior styling including rear spoiler, rear diffuser, front grille and door mirrors in black
  • Illuminated door sill inserts
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers

  • Height adjustable headlamps
  • Rear fog lights
  • LED rear combination lamp
  • LED daytime running lights

  • Pollen filter
  • Climate control air conditioning

  • Parcel shelf
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Folding grab handles
  • 1.5L bottle holder in front door panels
  • Ticket holder
  • Cargo area storage tray
  • Boot stowage box
  • Lower glovebox cover
  • Leather handbrake and gearshift lever
  • Luggage hooks in the boot
  • Rear storage trays
  • Pearl grey headlining
  • Umbrella under front passenger seat
  • Monte Carlo styling with carbon artificial leather bolstered seats
  • 3 spoke multifunction sports leather steering wheel with red stitching

  • Front and rear interior lights
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear courtesy light

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Curtain and side airbags
  • Front and rear passenger seatbelt warning light
  • Tyre pressure monitor

  • Isofix child seat mounting points on outer rear seats
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Height adjustable passenger seat
  • 2 height adjustable rear headrests

  • Alarm with interior monitoring
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Remote central locking
  • Immobiliser

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors

  • CO2 (g/km): 107
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • NOx: 0.024
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0008
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 154
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 118
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 107
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 131
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 124
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 154
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 158
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 118
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 126
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 107
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 118
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 131
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 151
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 137
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 124

  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 5 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 74.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 76.4
  • CC: 999

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 48.7
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 70.6
  • EC Combined (mpg): 60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 47.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 9E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 95
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Monte Carlo
  • Coin Description: TSI
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 70
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 118
  • Engine Torque - NM: 160
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1800
  • Engine Power - BHP: 95
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.8
  • Top Speed: 117
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 16.3

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: ITALIA
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/45 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/45 R16

  • Width (including mirrors): 1958
  • Height: 1452
  • Height (including roof rails): 1473
  • Length: 4271
  • Width: 1732
  • Wheelbase: 2470

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1061
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1591
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 45
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 530
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 560
  • Max. Loading Weight: 530
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1395
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 9.8

  • Heated front washer nozzles: £40

  • Rear disc brakes: £100
  • Hill hold control: £65

  • Voice control system: £35

  • Cruise control: £195
  • Adaptive cruise control: £400
  • Blind spot detection with rear traffic alert audio signal: £420
  • Acoustic front and rear parking sensor: £315
  • Acoustic rear parking sensors: Included
  • Rear view camera with washer nozzle: £280

  • Driver fatigue assistant: £55
  • Amundsen touchscreen navigation system: £875
  • Amundsen touchscreen navigation system for panoramic roof: £875

  • Black centre console: Included

  • Metallic paint: £595
  • Black roof rails: Included
  • Special paint: £420
  • Panoramic sunroof: £655
  • Exclusive paint: £975
  • Special solid paint: Included
  • Panoramic sunroof with black roof rails: £690
  • Pearl effect paint: £595

  • Full LED headlights with adaptive front light system and front cornering fog lights: £995
  • Light and rain assistant with auto-dimming rear view mirror and rain sensors includes coming, leaving home and tunnel light: £220
  • Light assistant with automatic light switching, coming and leaving home for daylight: £85
  • Cornering front fog lights: £155
  • Front fog lights: Included

  • Cloth upholstery: Included
  • Variable boot floor: £120
  • Cherry red centre console: £55
  • Front centre armrest for MC: £160
  • Microsuede seat upholstery and black centre console: £140
  • Front centre armrest with usb ports: £210
  • Partition net screen: £120

  • Winter pack - Fabia: £265
  • Simply clever pack - Fabia: £135

  • Metallic - Moon white: £595
  • Metallic - Maple brown: £595
  • Metallic - Race blue: £595
  • Metallic - Petrol Blue: £595
  • Metallic - Quartz grey: £595
  • Metallic - Brilliant silver: £595
  • Metallic - Crystal black: £595

  • Pearl - Black magic: £595

  • Exclusive paint - Velvet red: £975
  • Special paint - Meteor grey: £420
  • Special solid - Candy white: £0
  • Special solid - Corrida red: £0

  • Third rear headrest: £55

  • Keyless entry with start/stop button: £345
  • Keyless start/stop: £180

  • Microsuede cloth - Satin black seats and black centre console: £140
  • Cloth - Onyx/red: £0

  • 16" Italia black alloy wheels: Included
  • 17" Torino alloy wheels in black with anti theft wheel bolts: £545

  • Tyre repair kit: Included
  • Temporary space saver steel spare wheel: £115

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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