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SKODA FABIA ESTATE

1.0 TSI Monte Carlo 5dr

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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.

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.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency61.40mpg
Emissions
Emissions124.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed117mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Exterior temperature gauge
  • Front assistant collision mitigation
  • Multi function trip computer
  • PAS
  • Service interval indicator
  • SmartLink plus
  • Speed limiter
  • Stop/start system

Entertainment

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

Exterior Features

  • Black roof
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Door sill inserts with Monte Carlo logo
  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Heated rear window
  • Height adjustable headlamps
  • Illuminated door sill inserts
  • Intermittent rear wash/wipe
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED rear combination lamp
  • Monte Carlo logo and exterior styling including rear spoiler, rear diffuser, front grille and door mirrors in black
  • Privacy glass
  • Rear fog lights
  • Tinted windscreen

Interior Features

  • 1.5L bottle holder in front door panels
  • 2 height adjustable rear headrests
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Boot stowage box
  • Cargo area storage tray
  • Climate control air conditioning
  • Folding grab handles
  • Front and rear interior lights
  • Front headrests
  • Front reading lights
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Height adjustable passenger seat
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Isofix child seat mounting points on outer rear seats
  • Leather handbrake and gearshift lever
  • Lower glovebox cover
  • Luggage hooks in the boot
  • Monte Carlo styling with carbon artificial leather bolstered seats
  • Multifunction sports leather steering wheel with red stitching
  • Parcel shelf
  • Pearl grey headlining
  • Pollen filter
  • Rear courtesy light
  • Rear storage trays
  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
  • Textile floor mat set
  • Ticket holder
  • Umbrella under front passenger seat

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Curtain and side airbags
  • Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • ESC includes ABS, MSR, ASR, EDS and HBA
  • Front and rear passenger seatbelt warning light
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Tyre pressure monitor

Security

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

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    107
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • NOx
    0.024
  • Particles
    0.0008
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    124
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    137
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    124
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    131
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max
    151
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min
    131
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    107
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max
    118
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min
    107
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    154
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max
    158
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min
    154
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    118
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max
    126
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min
    118

Engine and Drive Train

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

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    60.1
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    70.6
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    48.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    4.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    5.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
    48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
    54.3

General

  • AdBlue
    No
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.0
  • Badge Power
    95
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TSI
  • Coin Series
    Monte Carlo
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    9E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

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

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    215/45 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    215/45 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    ITALIA
  • Wheel Type
    16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

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

Weight and Capacities

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

   
Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"a week ago"

Alun Davies

Alun Davies

"When I started looking to get a new (personal) lease car I contacted a number of leasing companies. Silverstone were by far the most responsive and helpful. They were able to order exactly the model of car I wanted at an excellent price. Every aspect of their service from setting up the lease contract to overseeing the delivery of the car was exemplary. They were attentive and responsive but never 'pushy'. Thouroughly recommended. A big thank you to all the Silverstone team, especially Holly who dealt with all my enquiries quickly and efficiently."

"2 months ago"

Dan Jones

Dan Jones

"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

"3 months ago"

Susan Frampton

Susan Frampton

"I cannot fault the service received from Silverstone Fleet Management, for Start to finish it was seamless. I was regularly kept in the loop with information and what was required from myself to proceed. Holly Palmer who is one of the SFM Sales Support Executive was very prompt in responding to my emails and sending me anything that I needed to complete for the process and acknowledging anything that I returned. Tom Bailey who is one of the SFM Account Managers was very prompt at sending me the original quotes and adapting them to suit my needs and alongside Holly keeping me informed at every point during the start to end process. The whole process took at the most 3 weeks from quoting, ordering to the delivery/collection. although I appreciate this was a stock vehicle and not ordered purposely for my requirements. I had to go and collect the vehicle in the end as there were no available drivers to deliver for the date that I needed the vehicle, but this was not a fault of SFM, who tried their best to get the vehicle to me for the requested date, but had I not needed the vehicle to go on holiday then I would only have had to wait a couple more days for delivery. I would totally recommend SFM to my family and friends and hopefully I will be able to put people/business their way. When my lease is up I would not hesitate to use SFM again and hopefully this review will persuade others to take a leap of faith in SFM as they really do deliver the fantastic service that they advertise"

"in the last week"

Madeline Biggs

Madeline Biggs

"Received my car this week and I cannot recommend this company enough!! They helped me find my perfect car and then helped every step of the way till it's delivery. Even after that they checked to see if I was happy. They went above and beyond and I have already been recommending them to my family and friends. Thanks to all the the team at Silverstone Fleet Management - car leasing in Northampton"

"4 months ago"

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