Skoda has announced pricing and spec for the new Fabia and, as you’d expect, it’s excellent value for money. The Czech firm has developed a reputation for offering buyers an ‘extra bit of car’ – vehicles of the highest quality at prices within reach of most budgets – and its striking new hatchback is no different. Despite being bigger, better equipped and more stylish than the model it replaces, the new Fabia has only increased slightly in price.

Full details are listed below:

Fabia 1 1.2 HTP 6v 60bhp: £ 7,990.00
Fabia 1 1.2 HTP 12v 70bhp: £ 8,720.00
Fabia 1 1.4 TDI PD 70bhp: £ 9,825.00
Fabia 1 1.4 TDI PD 80bhp: £10,175.00

Fabia 2 1.2 HTP 12v 70bhp: £ 9,720.00
Fabia 2 1.4 16v 85bhp: £10,295.00
Fabia 2 1.6 16v 105bhp: £10,795.00
Fabia 2 1.6 16v 105bhp tip: £11,480.00
Fabia 2 1.4 TDI PD 80bhp: £11,175.00
Fabia 2 1.9 TDI PD 105bhp: £11,855.00

Fabia 3 1.4 16v 85bhp: £11,455.00
Fabia 3 1.6 16v 105bhp: £11,955.00
Fabia 3 1.6 16v 105bhp tip: £12,640.00
Fabia 3 1.4 TDI PD 80bhp: £12,335.00
Fabia 3 1.9 TDI PD 105bhp: £13,015.00

Not only is New Fabia easy on the buyer’s pocket, but it’s also really simple to get to grips with the various trim levels. Whereas the current generation model came in Classic, Ambiente, Elegance or Sport trim, the new model is simply designated 1, 2 or 3.

Key specifications by trim level are:

FABIA 1
Dual front and side airbags
Immobiliser
1.5 litre drinks holder (front door panels)
Spare steel wheel (full size)
Ticket holder & ABS
Split rear seat (60/40)
Height adjustable driver’s seat
Height/reach adjustable steering wheel
Central door locking
Electric front windows
Passenger airbag de-activation switch
Radio/CD with MP3 and 4 speakers
15″ ‘Hermes’ steel wheels
3.5mm aux socket (for MP3 players etc)

FABIA 2
(over Fabia 1)
Body coloured wing mirrors & door handles
Trip computer
Height-adjustable front seats
Remote central locking
Air-conditioning
Halogen headlights with DE module
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Alarm with tilt sensor
15″ ‘Antares’ alloy wheels
Additional 4 speakers

FABIA 3
(over Fabia 2)
Front armrest
Maxidot,
Climatronic air conditioning
Cruise control
16" ‘Atria’ alloy wheels
Leather 4-spoke steering wheel, gearknob and gaiter
Rear parking sensors & Front fog lights
Side mouldings & Curtain airbags
Seat belt warning buzzer & Floor mats

The Fabia has been a huge success since the launch of the first generation model in 2000. More than 1.5 million have been built in that time with over 130,000 finding happy homes with buyers here in the UK. This popularity looks set to continue with the new model.

The world premiere of the new Skoda Fabia took place at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2007. This will be followed by its UK launch in early May. Estate versions of the new car are due to come to Britain in January 2008. Until then production of current estate will continue.