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"to say this is just the wagon version of the supermini is doing the car a disservice"

"to say this is just the wagon version of the supermini is doing the car a disservice"

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What is it?

To say the new Skoda Fabia Estate is just the wagon version of the second-generation Czech supermini is doing this car a disservice. Although the new car is only 7mm longer overall than its predecessor, Skoda's engineers have rooted about inside to free up an awful lot more luggage space. That means the boot now holds 480 litres of cargo with the rear seats in place (some 54 litres more than the old car) and a whopping 1460 litres with the rear seats folded down, which is more than a Ford Focus Estate can muster.

So, it's got the space, but has the Fabia wagon got what it takes to tempt buyers? Well, the prices are attractive, starting at less than ten grand for the entry-level 1.2-litre petrol model (£9360). This is one of three petrol engines offered, with an 85bhp 1.4 and 105bhp 1.6 also available. These engines are balanced out by three turbodiesels, including 70- and 80bhp versions of the 1.4 and the old 1.9 TDi warhorse with 105bhp. These engines come in a mix of the Fabia's 1, 2 and 3 trim levels.

If the Fabia hatchback is anything to go by, the most popular trim will be 2, which includes 15-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, roof rails and four airbags. The cheaper 1 does without the airbags and alloys. Or, you can go the other way for the 3, which ups the ante with 16in alloys, rear parking sensors, climate control, cruise control and curtain airbags.

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