Skoda has confirmed prices for its most economical car ever, the Fabia Greenline II estate, which has a headline fuel economy figure of 83.1mpg combined.
On sale next week, the five-door diesel supermini estate will cost £13,740. That massive mpg figure helps it produce CO2 emissions of just 89g/km – so low it easily escapes road tax, both for the first year ‘showroom tax’ and in subsequent years, too.
Skoda reckons that despite having an affordable-fill 45-litre fuel tank, it has a range of 932 miles.
Eco diesel with DPF
Such economy comes courtesy of a 1.2-litre TDI engine. The three-cylinder unit produces 75bhp and has a standard particulate filter to cleanse exhaust gases. It also comes equipped with standard stop-start, which automatically cuts and restarts the engine in traffic.
Skoda reckons this feature alone can improve city centre fuel economy by 7.7mpg. Once restarted, the most economical point at which to change gear flashes up on the dashboard via the fuel computer.
The Fabia Greenline II is also fitted with an energy recuperation system that only recharges the battery when the vehicle is slowing down. This reduces the load under power and means less fuel is wasted.
Aero eco look
Wind-cheating enhancements help make the Greenline II more slippy at speed; Skoda has enclosed the underneath of the car to cut wind drag and also lowered the suspension. Low rolling resistance tyres are fitted too, as they waste less energy when the car is moving.
But the most distinctive part is its estate car rear. Estates are already a relative rarity in the supermini sector, so having a practical load-lugger also capable of such staggering economy is a real boon.
There is 480 litres of space in the rear with the seats up, stretching to a huge 1,460 litres (filled to the roof) with them folded. This means it is probably the most accommodating eco car on sale. Significantly, air-con is standard too, so green drivers needn’t sweat for their cause.
A cheaper hatchback version of the family-friendly Skoda Fabia will join the line-up in October.
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