Skoda has announced it’s expanding the Fabia line-up with the introduction of a new Monte Carlo trim, which adds enhanced exterior body styling and a sporty new interior.
Now available to buy in four trims, Monte Carlo slots between mid-spec SE and top-of-the range SEL models in the range with p11d prices starting from £14,590.
Building on the standard equipment of SE trim, Monte Carlo models come fitted with sporty features like 16-inch black alloy wheels, a black radiator grille, LED daytime running lights, tinted glass, Monte Carlo badging on the B-pillar and a panoramic glass sunroof. Estate models also come with black roof rails as standard
Inside adds luxuries like front sports seats, a cherry red centre console and Monte Carlo badging on the front door inserts.
All of this additional equipment is on top of SE models which come with a 6.5-inch colour touchscreen system, DAB radio, Bluetooth, air-con and a SmartLink system, which mirrors certain smartphone and Apple iPhone functions on the car’s screen.
Both estate and hatchback models are available with a choice of three petrol engines; a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder 74bhp choice and a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol with either 89bhp or 108bhp, the latter comes with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox.
Likely to be more popular with company car drivers will be the two diesel options: a 1.4-litre three-cylinder unit with 89bhp or 103bhp, both are mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.
CO2 emissions are as low as 93g/km for the lower-powered diesel hatchback meaning it slots into a 16 percent BIK tax band for the current 2015/16 tax year. Fuel economy is equally impressive for this engine with a 78.6mpg combined figure.