SKODA HAS announced prices for the larger, all-new Fabia hatchback with the cheapest model in the line-up, the Fabia 1.0 MPI S 60PS (58bhp), costing £10,600 on the road and featuring DAB digital radio, Stop/Start and Bluetooth.
Like most entry-level versions, its low price, revealed at the Paris motor show, is bound to set tongues wagging but once in dealerships, buyers are more likely to gravitate towards higher performance versions with consequently higher price tags.
In S trim they include the next model up, the 1.0 MPI S 75PS (73bhp) costing £11,460, and the 1.4 TDI S 90PS (88bhp) DSG automatic, the most expensive S model, at £15,090.
SE, the next trim level, brings additional features including manual air conditioning, alloy wheels and an Arkamys surround-sound package with USB and SD card connections. The cheapest model in this trim is the 1.0 MPI SE 75PS (73bhp) costing £12,760, and the most expensive, the 1.4 TDI SE 90PS DSG at £16,390.
The Fabia’s low entry price becomes an even more distant memory with Elegance, the third and final trim level, where 16in alloys, keyless entry, cruise control and climate control air-conditioning are standard. The cheapest model is the 1.0 MPI Elegance 75PS at £13,610, with the Fabia range topping out at £17,240 for the 1.4 TDI Elegance 90PS DSG.
Its price span isn’t the only thing that’s wide about the new Fabia. The cabin is wider, longer and higher than before, while Skoda claims its 330-litre boot (1,150 litres with the back seats folded) is the largest in the sector. Most models occupy road tax bands A or B, with emissions ranging from 110g/km to 90g/km.
Like rival superminis such as the MG3, the new new Skoda Fabia can be personalised. Skodas’ Colour Concept system allows owners to choose from 15 different body colours, and a number of wheel, roof and exterior mirror colours.
The new Fabia goes on sale in January.