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Skoda Fabia Estate (2007): first official pictures

Tue, 14 Aug 2007

By Chris Chilton

First Official Pictures

14 August 2007 03:56

Supermini estates are a bit of an oddity - most people looking for a roomy car want extra space in the cabin too. But Skoda clearly reckoned the old Skoda wagon was worth replacing because the new one makes its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Spetember. Based on the new Fabia hatch we drove earlier this year, the new estate is just 7mm longer but 46mm loftier than the old estate. As a result boot capacity has increased by 54 litres to a massive 480 litres with the seats in place, up from 300 litres in the regular hatch. Drop them down and there's 1460 litres of space back there.

Expect the same mix of petrol and diesel engines as is offered in the hatch, from a slothful but fun 69bhp petrol triple to a peppy 104bhp diesel. All come with front-wheel drive and a five-speed gearbox except the 104bhp 1.6 petrol that can also be ordered with a six-speed auto. UK cars arrive in early 2008 priced from just over £9000.

By Chris Chilton