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Ford, Renault and Skoda enchance their ranges

Ford adds a second Mondeo Econetic and an automatic Fiesta to its range, Renault reveals prices for the Megane Sport Tourer estate and Skoda launches a rugged-looking Fabia. 

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Renault prices new Mégane Sport Tourer

Renault Megane Sport Tourer

Most appealing version of the new Renault Megane Sport Tourer is the Tom Tom Edition

The estate version of the latest Renault Mégane arrives here in August, priced from £15,485.

Expression, Dynamique and Privilège trim levels are all familiar, but like other recent Renaults, the interesting one is the new Tom Tom Edition. This is based on Dynamique, but comes as standard with Renault’s new Carminat Tom Tom satellite navigation system. This high-tech unit is easy to use, and available as an option on other trim levels for just £450.

Standard equipment across the Megane Sport Tourer range includes air conditioning, stability control and roof bars. There are 21 different versions available at launch, including nine ‘green’ eco2 models that emit less than 140g/km CO2. New drivetrain additions include a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine and a CVT automatic.

Officially called the Sport Tourer, the new Renault Mégane estate is available to order from 29 June – read our first drive review at www.which.co.uk/cars next week.

Ford adds second Econetic Mondeo

Ford Mondeo Econetic

New Ford Mondeo Econetic model claims to offer 54mpg

The environmentally-friendly Ford Mondeo Econetic gains a new 113bhp engine and six-speed gearbox combo.

We say new; it’s actually the existing 2.0-litre TDCi. But thanks to the specially adapted six-speed manual ‘box, low rolling resistance tyres, lowered suspension and improved aerodynamics, this Econetic Mondeo returns 54.3mpg combined. That’s a 1mpg improvement over the existing, five-speed, 123bhp 1.8-litre TDCi Mondeo Econetic. Both versions emit a respectably low 139g/km CO2.

You still get dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, cruise control, seven airbags, stability control and Quickclear windscreen – so it’s no stripped out special. Available in saloon and estate body styles, the Ford Mondeo 2.0 Econetic joins the range now, priced from £20,795.

Ford Fiesta automatic

In other Ford news, the Fiesta 1.4 petrol is now available with a ‘Durashift’ automatic gearbox.

It manages 0-62mph in 13.9 seconds, emits 154g/km CO2 and officially returns 43.4mpg combined – which isn’t too bad for an auto. It’s available in Style+, Zetec and Titanium trim, priced from £13,195

Skoda Fabia Scout launched

Skoda Fabia Scout

The Skoda Fabia Scout looks like an off-road version, but it’s only two-wheel drive

There’s a new trim level for the Skoda Fabia, the Scout.

Like other Skoda Scout models, this adds off-roader-style ‘lifestyle’ looks. However, the Fabia remains front-wheel drive only, and just as likely to get stuck in a muddy field. Based on the existing Fabia 2 spec, but including unique upholstery and silver roof rails, the Scout is available with 1.4 petrol, 1.4 TDI or 1.9 TDI turbodiesel.

Standard kit includes stability control, all-round electric windows, cruise control, leather trim pieces and alloy pedals. On sale now, the Fabia Scout is priced from £12,815.


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