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MINI reveals the UK’s best wild beauty spots

MINI UK has revealed the UK’s top ten wildest beauty locations, helping MINI Countryman owners beat the busiest spots for an off the beaten track adventure this summer.

From waterways to peaks and underground caves, over 100 nature-based locations across Britain were identified and judged against two sets of criteria to measure both popularity[1] and wildness[2]. The average of these scores then determined the best, undiscovered and wild hidden gems of 2021.

Taking the number one spot is Uyea in Shetland, Scotland, an uninhabited island which lies off the Northmavine peninsula and is only accessible at low tide.  There are several natural arches along its rocky coastline and challenging rock climbs, making it the perfect destination for the avid adventurer.

Here are the top ten ranked ‘wild wonder’ destinations;

Rank Location County Country
1 Uyea Shetland Scotland
2 Llyn Dinas Gwynedd Wales
3 Binevenagh County Londonderry Northern Ireland
4 Gaping Gill North Yorkshire England
5 Whiteless Pike Cumbria England
6 Llyn Glaslyn Gwynedd Wales
7 Pedn Vounder Beach Cornwall England
8 Sgwd Yr Eira Powys Wales
9 The Roaches Staffordshire England
10 Fingal’s Cave Inverness-shire Scotland

The MINI Countryman SUV is the ideal companion for a wild, go-anywhere adventure, offering the perfect balance of space and versatility. It has plenty of room on the inside to pack everything owners need to explore the great outdoors, plus the roof rack means bringing along bikes, surfboards or extra luggage is made easy.

To discover over 100 hidden gem locations and find those closest to you, use the new interactive map here: https://www.mini.co.uk/en_GB/home/mini-news/big-days-out-index.html.

For more information on the MINI Countryman, please visit www.mini.co.uk.

The ŠKODA Fabia: setting a new benchmark in its segment

ŠKODA Fabia

The fourth-generation Fabia continues ŠKODA’s extraordinary success story of offering all you need and that little bit more. This is the first Fabia to be based on Volkswagen Group’s modular MQB-A0 platform. It is the most spacious car within its segment and boasts further enhanced comfort features as well as a several new safety and assistance systems. Classic brand qualities such as excellent value for money, high functionality and a host of Simply Clever features, make this car the perfect entry-level model to the ŠKODA range.

ŠKODA Fabia

Thomas Schäfer, ŠKODA AUTO CEO, said: “The new Fabia provides the perfect entry to our range. We have combined the well-known ŠKODA attributes – such as generous amounts of space, the highest levels of quality and safety, and excellent value for money – with an emotive design and the lowest drag coefficient (cd) within its class. I am convinced that this overall package will allow us to further strengthen our position in the entry-level segment and attract new customers to the brand.”

Martin Jahn, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Sales and Marketing, stated: “The launch of the latest-generation Fabia is a real highlight for us. We have listened very carefully to our customers and refined our new small car in every aspect. With its dynamic look and state-of-the-art infotainment systems, we are increasingly appealing to younger customers. To sum it up: the new Fabia has everything it takes to continue the model’s success story.”

Boasting well-balanced proportions, sharply detailed headlights and rear lights – featuring the latest LED technology – this latest generation car is more emotive than ever before.

Inside, the instrument panel with a free-standing central display and optional digital instrument cluster catch the eye. Infotainment and connectivity are state of the art. The S, SE Comfort, SE L and Colour Edition trim levels will be available in the UK from launch at the end of 2021. A sporty Monte Carlo variant will follow later. Five petrol engines from Volkswagen Group’s current EVO generation deliver power outputs ranging from 48 kW (65 PS) to 110 kW (150 PS). Four Simply Clever features make their ŠKODA debut in the Fabia.

Exterior: largest boot and best aerodynamics

  • At just under 4.11 m in length, the new Fabia is 11 cm longer than its predecessor
  • Largest boot within the segment at 380 litres (+50 litres compared to the predecessor)
  • Best-in-class drag coefficient (cd = 0.28)

Mladá Boleslav, 16 August 2021 – Showcasing an emotive design, new proportions and even more space, the Fabia has taken the next step in its evolution. The fourth generation exceeds the four-metre mark for the first time, offering an even more spacious interior. At the same time, the new Fabia continues the current ŠKODA design language and looks particularly dynamic with its athletic proportions, sculptural lines, and sharply drawn headlights and tail lights featuring LED technology. Sophisticated details, such as aerodynamically optimised wheels and actively adjustable cooling shutters in the front bumper’s lower air inlet, allow for a drag coefficient (cd) of 0.28, setting a new record in the small car segment.

Oliver Stefani, Head of ŠKODA Design, said: “Even in its fourth generation, the Fabia is a perfect everyday family car while being more emotive than ever before. It is a modern and elegant vehicle that looks both compact and dynamic. I’d like to thank my entire design team for creating such an amazing car.”

The latest Fabia’s significantly more emotive appearance is the result of new dynamic proportions, ŠKODA-typical crystalline features, such as the razor-sharp headlights and tail lights, as well as sculptural lines on the bonnet. Small details really add to the overall look. These include body lines on the front doors stylising the characteristic triangle of the Czech flag.

Bigger in every aspect: a more spacious interior
This is the first ŠKODA Fabia to be based on Volkswagen Group’s modular MQB-A0 platform and it outperforms its predecessors in every aspect but with virtually no change in weight. It is 111 mm longer, now measuring 4,108 mm, also making it the first Fabia to exceed the four-metre mark. At 2,564 mm, its wheelbase has gained 94 mm, while the width of the fourth generation has increased by 48 mm to 1,780 mm. The greater exterior dimensions result in even more passenger space. ŠKODA has also increased the Fabia’s boot capacity by 50 l (to 380 l) – the predecessor’s was already the largest in the segment. With the rear seats folded down, the capacity rises to 1,190 l. There is a choice of nine body colours, including the new Phoenix Orange and Graphite Grey metallic paint finishes. As part of the Colour Concept, metallic Graphite Grey and pearl-effect Magic Black can also be chosen as contrasting paintwork for the roof, wing mirror caps and alloy wheels. The ŠKODA grille surround can also be ordered in Graphite Grey. A panoramic glass roof is another optional feature.

Headlights and tail lights using LED technology
The front of the new Fabia is characterised by razor-sharp, narrow headlights which extend to a striking, hexagonal grille. Low beam, high beam, the indicators and daytime running lights feature LED technology as standard, while the optional full-LED headlights provide more light-intensive low beam and high beam, as well as cornering and adaptive light functions. The sharply drawn, crystalline tail lights are also available in a full-LED variant on request.

Best-in-class aerodynamics with drag coefficient (cd) of 0.28
The Fabia’s aerodynamics have predominantly been developed using what is known as CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulations. During the development phase of approximately three and a half years, the ŠKODA engineers computed more than 3,000 of these simulations. ŠKODA has set a new record in the small car segment by reducing the drag coefficient (cd) to 0.28 – the previous generation was 0.32.

Cooling shutters improve fuel consumption
ŠKODA has installed cooling shutters in the front bumper’s lower air inlet – the first time this technology has been used in this vehicle segment. To improve aerodynamics, actively adjustable slats automatically close when there is little need for cooling. To allow for a high level of cooling or to accommodate short stops, the system opens the shutters so the maximum amount of air can flow in. To further reduce drag, a larger roof spoiler and side finlets optimise the airflow at the rear. At the front, the air is guided through vents in the bumper, known as Air Curtains, in a particularly aerodynamic manner close to the side of the body and the wheels. Twelve panels now cover a larger part of the underbody instead of three, especially in the areas that are crucial for aerodynamics, such as the engine bay and the axles.

Aerodynamically optimised wing mirrors and wheels
The housings of the electrically adjustable and heated wing mirrors, which for the first time in the Fabia dim automatically on the driver’s side and fold electrically as an option, are smaller than in the predecessor. This improves the car’s aerodynamics, as do the Proxima and Procyon alloy wheels, which also make their Fabia debut and feature special, aerodynamically optimised plastic trims. The wheel options include 15-inch steel wheels, as well as seven different alloys ranging from 15 to 18 inches. The optional, burnished 18-inch Libra alloy wheels in black are the range-topping variant.

Torsion-resistant body due to the use of advanced high-strengthsteels
The new ŠKODA Fabia boasts an extremely high level of torsional stiffness, which increases safety, improves handling and ensures exceptional durability. To achieve these results while keeping the weight virtually the same as its predecessor’s, ŠKODA has designed the MQB‑A0‑based body to the latest standards, using significantly more hot-formed and high-strength steel components than in the previous model. They are mainly used on the A and B pillars, the bulkhead and the transmission tunnel. The proportion of the three hardest steel types – advanced high-strength steels, ultra-high-strength steels and press-hardened steels – rose from 15% to 40%. Overall, nearly 80% of the new ŠKODA Fabia’s body is made up of high-strength steel components.

Interior: intuitive control and a fresh look

  • ŠKODA interior design concept with large central display, fresh colours and even more space
  • Fabia lettering on the sides of the instrument-cluster housing, and circular air vents
  • Optional comfort features (as seen in higher-tier vehicles), including a heated windscreen and steering wheel

Mladá Boleslav, 16 August 2021 – The new ŠKODA Fabia’s interior is more spacious and comes with additional comfort features, striking a perfect balance between emotiveness and ergonomics. In keeping with ŠKODA’s current interior design concept, its look is characterised by fresh colours and the free-standing infotainment display measuring up to 9.2 inches. Large circular air vents and the new Fabia lettering on the sides of the instrument-cluster housing add further visual design touches. Other options making their FABIA debut include a heated windscreen and heated steering wheel (features previously found in higher-tier vehicles). ŠKODA will offer four trim levels in the UK from market launch.

Kateřina Vránová, Head of Colour & Trim Design at ŠKODA, said: “We have also equipped the new Fabia with our current interior design concept featuring a free-standing central display and a symmetrical instrument panel. The lower part of the dashboard is upholstered in fabric and sports contrasting stitching, which creates a pleasant and homely feel. Coloured decorative features, specific ambient lighting and chrome applications add to the car’s character and fresh look. Horizontal lines emphasise the width of the interior, further enhancing the generous feeling of spaciousness.”

For the fourth-generation Fabia, which will be launched in the UK in S, SE Comfort, SE L and Colour Edition trim levels (Monte Carlo to follow), the ŠKODA interior designers have added new visual touches to the brand’s current interior design concept. Besides the symmetrical instrument panel and the line below the large, free-standing central display which reflects the contours of the ŠKODA grille, the large circular air vents on the right and left also stand out. On SE L, these feature a chrome trim, as do the restyled door handles, and the front section of the dashboard is upholstered in fabric with contrasting stitching. A brand-new feature is the large FABIA lettering on both sides of the instrument-cluster housing.

Comfort features as seen in higher-tier vehicles make their Fabia debut
The Fabia can now be ordered with some comfort features that were previously reserved for higher-tier vehicles including a heated windscreen for an unobstructed view and increased safety in winter. This is the first Fabia that can be ordered with dual-zone Climatronic including additional air vents on the rear of the front centre armrest to keep passengers cool. When equipped with this optional air conditioning system, the centre console features two rotary knobs to allow the temperature to be regulated separately for both sides of the vehicle. All of the system’s functions are easy to operate via just eight buttons.

New colours and LED ambient lighting
Grey contrasting stitching, as well as decorative features, bring new colour accents to the Fabia’s interior. The new LED ambient lighting (standard on SE L) allows the driver to illuminate the decorative trim on the dashboard in white or red. The centre console and front door handles can also be lit up; furthermore, the ambient lighting includes LED reading lights in the front and rear. The seats, which for the first time feature adjustable lumbar support, have grey fabric upholstery in the S and SE Comfort trim levels and sport additional grey contrasting stitching in the Fabia Colour Edition. In the SE L variant, the seat covers are two-tone in grey and black.

Plenty of space for passengers and storage compartments totalling over 100 l
With a wheelbase that is 94 mm longer than its predecessor, the new Fabia offers even more space for its passengers, especially in the rear. At 2,564 mm, it even surpasses the wheelbase of the first-generation ŠKODA Octavia launched in 1996. There are 15 storage options in the new ŠKODA Fabia.

Engines: wide range of power outputs and lower fuel consumption

  • Low fuel consumption
  • Five MPI and TSI petrol engines provide power outputs ranging from 48 kW (65 PS) to 110 kW (150 PS)

Mladá Boleslav, 16 August 2021 – There is a choice of five advanced and efficient EVO‑generation petrol engines for this latest, mark IV Fabia. ŠKODA has not only increased the number of different engines available, but also the range of power outputs – from 48 kW (65 PS) to 110 kW (150 PS).

All engines offered for the new Fabia come from the EVO generation. They are even more economical than the predecessor units and fulfil the Euro 6d emissions standard. The new range‑topping engine is the 1.5 TSI with an output of 110 kW (150 PS) and a 7-speed DSG as standard. Up to a power output of 70 kW (95 PS), the Fabia comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox; for the 1.0 TSI producing 81 kW (110 PS), there is a choice between a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 7‑speed DSG.

MPI engines developed by ŠKODA AUTO are more powerful while requiring less fuel
ŠKODA AUTO is responsible for the development of all MPI engines used by the Volkswagen Group brands. The Fabia’s three-cylinder MPI engines with a displacement of one litre come from the EVO generation and are 4 kW more powerful than the predecessor units while achieving reduced fuel consumption and lower emissions. These improvements were made possible by an optimised crankshaft assembly – pistons and piston rings included – which reduces friction losses. The water circuit around the cylinder head and engine block has been redesigned to achieve greater cooling efficiency for the cylinders, combustion chambers and integrated exhaust manifold. The MPI engines fitted in the new Fabia operate according to the Atkinson combustion cycle, in which the intake valves close only during the compression stroke of the piston. This drives some of the fuel mixture back into the intake manifold, which reduces the effective compression ratio while maintaining a high expansion ratio of 12:1. As a result, the engine consumes less fuel and is therefore more efficient.

Innovative plasma coating on 1.0 TSI engines
The two direct-injection 1.0 TSI engines available for the new Fabia feature plasma-coated cylinder liners. The innovative, thin, powder-coated layer measures just 150 μm (0.15 mm) and replaces cast-iron cylinder liners, reducing internal friction in the three cylinders. This lowers fuel consumption and emissions. Through better distribution and dissipation of heat in the combustion chamber, it also lowers the thermal load on the engine. The engines operate in the fuel-efficient Miller cycle and with a high injection pressure of 350 bar. In the Miller cycle, the intake valves remain open for longer during the compression stroke, which reduces pumping loss and improves thermal efficiency. The turbocharger features variable turbine geometry, which produces more torque at a wider range of engine speeds and lower emissions.

Active cylinder technology for the new top-of-the-range 1.5 TSI engine
The Fabia’s new top-end engine is the four-cylinder 1.5 TSI with a power output of 110 kW (150 PS). In addition to the plasma-coated cylinders and high injection pressure of 350 bar, it also features active cylinder technology (ACT). When engine load is low, this system automatically – and virtually without the driver noticing – shuts down two cylinders, thereby reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Engines and transmissions developed and produced by ŠKODA AUTO in the Czech Republic
Most of the engines and all of the gearboxes for the new ŠKODA Fabia are produced in the Czech Republic. The MPI engines and the 1.0 TSI are built at ŠKODA’s main plant in Mladá Boleslav, as are the manual transmissions. The 7-speed DSG comes from the ŠKODA plant in Vrchlabí. The TSI engines have a petrol particulate filter.

Engines available for the new ŠKODA Fabia at a glance:

Engine Cylinders Max. power output Max. torque

[Nm]

Transmission Max. speed 

[km/h]

Acceleration

0–100 km/h 

[s]

Combined consumption 

WLTP

[litres/100 km]

CO2 emissions WLTP

[g/km]

[kW] [PS]
1.0 MPI EVO 3 48 65 93 5-speed M 172* 15.9* 5.0* 114–124*
1.0 MPI EVO 3 59 80 93 5-speed M 179 15.5 5.0 114–124
1.0 TSI EVO 3 70 95 175 5-speed M 195 10.6 5.0 113–126
1.0 TSI EVO 3 81 110 200 6-speed M 7-speed DSG 205 205 9.7 9.6 4.9 5.4 113

127

124

136

1.5

TSI EVO

4 110 150 250 7-speed DSG 225* 8.0* 5.6* 128–142*

* preliminary data

Safety: up to nine airbags and new assistance systems

  • Featuring up to nine airbags, the new Fabia is one of the safest small cars on the market
  • No fewer than seven assistance systems make their Fabia debut
  • ISOFIX anchors and top tether anchor points for optimal installation of child seats

Mladá Boleslav, 16 August 2021 – With up to nine airbags, the new ŠKODA Fabia is one of the safest vehicles in its segment. As a result of the Fabia now being built on the modular MQB-A0 platform, its active and passive safety features have been further improved, and it now includes assistance systems that were previously reserved exclusively for higher-tier vehicles. Travel Assist, Park Assist, Lane Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, Side Assist, Front Assist with Predictive Pedestrian and Cyclist Protection, and Manoeuvre Assist are all available for the first time in the Fabia. In addition, the latest generation can now be equipped with up to nine airbags.

The new model is based on Volkswagen Group’s modular MQB-A0 and ŠKODA AUTO has fully exploited the possibilities this platform has to offer. It enabled advanced assistance systems from higher-tier vehicles to be used in the Fabia. Overall, seven systems which increase safety and comfort make their debut in the range.

Travel Assist includes several assistance systems
The optional Travel Assist is a new addition to the range and incorporates several systems to provide automatic support with longitudinal and lateral steering; this feature can be activated at the touch of a button. Using Hands-on Detect, Travel Assist checks at regular intervals whether the driver is touching the steering wheel consistently. In addition to Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Travel Assist also includes Lane Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition – both of which make their Fabia debut. Side Assist, Front Assist with Predictive Pedestrian and Cyclist Protection, Park Assist and Manoeuvre Assist are also new to the range.

Now with up to nine airbags
Driver and front passenger airbags, curtain airbags and front side airbags are fitted as standard in the new Fabia. A knee airbag for the driver and side airbags for the rear are optional. This increases the number of airbags protecting the car’s occupants in the event of an accident to nine. To safely secure child seats, ISOFIX anchors and top tether anchor points on the outer rear seats come as standard and are optional on the front passenger seat. This means that the FABIA can safely and conveniently accommodate seating for three children.

Connectivity: latest-generation infotainment systems are always online

  • Touchscreens measuring up to 9.2 inches, gesture control and digital voice assistant
  • Optional digital instrument cluster available for the first time in the ŠKODA Fabia
  • Always online with access to a wide range of mobile online services from ŠKODA Connect
  • Wireless smartphone integration

Mladá Boleslav, 16 August 2021 – An optional digital instrument cluster makes its debut in the range and infotainment systems feature permanent internet connection: in terms of connectivity, the new ŠKODA Fabia is state of the art. With a built-in eSIM, the Fabia is always online and enables access to web radio, extensive mobile online services from ŠKODA Connect and the latest infotainment apps. The largest touchscreen measures 9.2 inches, and the 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster offers five different display options. Amundsen, the range-topping system, can be operated by gesture control and via the Laura digital voice assistant.

The latest-generation Fabia can now be ordered with a digital instrument cluster – this is a first. The driver can configure the 10.25-inch digital display to suit their needs, choosing from up to four basic layouts. These include the Classic layout, which is based on the style of analogue round instruments, as well as the Modern, Reduced and Extended layouts. The digital instrument cluster – or ‘Virtual Cockpit’ – can display the map including a close-up of junctions, radio station logos, music album covers and caller profile photos, among other things. As standard, the Fabia comes with an analogue instrument panel and a 3.5-inch information screen.

A choice of three infotainment systems
The launch of the new ŠKODA Fabia also sees the introduction of the third-generation infotainment systems to the range. There are three systems to choose from: the Swing radio with a 6.5-inch colour display, the Bolero radio with an 8-inch display and Bluetooth hands-free capability, and the top-end system Amundsen. The latter features a customisable 9.2-inch display, and a navigation function that is backed by online data and can be updated remotely. The gesture control feature comes as standard, while online-backed voice control via the Laura digital voice assistant – who understands 15 languages – is optional.

Wireless smartphone integration and mobile online services from ŠKODA Connect
A smartphone can be connected without the need of a cable via Wireless SmartLink and Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, while the optional Wireless Charging enables inductive charging. For the first time, there are up to five USB-C sockets for charging further mobile devices – one of which can be found on the rear-view mirror to charge a dashcam, for example. Amundsen, the range-topping infotainment system, provides access to a host of ŠKODA Connect mobile online services. In addition to eCall, which automatically calls for emergency assistance in the event of an accident, these also include Proactive Service (breakdown call), and remote vehicle access via the MyŠKODA app and the ŠKODA Connect web portal. The customer can create a ŠKODA Connect account or transfer an existing account to the Fabia directly on the car’s display. It is just as easy to download infotainment apps that offer weather reports and news, provide access to a personal Google calendar, or warn of danger.

Simply Clever: four new features in the Fabia

  • New Simply Clever solutions keep the interior and boot tidy
  • A choice of 42 ŠKODA-typical ideas for the Fabia – more than ever before

Mladá Boleslav, 16 August 2021 – For many years, ŠKODA has made it easy for customers to use their vehicles on a daily basis by offering new and sophisticated Simply Clever solutions. The Czech carmaker is continuing this tradition by adding four all-new features to the range, and another eight make their Fabia debut in the fourth generation of this popular small car. Depending on the specification, the new ŠKODA Fabia offers up to 42 practical features that make everyday life that little bit easier – that’s more than ever before. In addition to ŠKODA classics – such as the ice scraper in the fuel filler flap with a tyre tread depth gauge and an umbrella in the driver’s door – the range now includes all-new clever details that make the interior and boot much tidier with very little effort.

Four Simply Clever solutions make their ŠKODA debut in the new Fabia. For example, a new clip for a credit card or car park ticket and an elastic band as a pen holder keep things tidy in the storage compartment in the centre console. A removable cup holder between the front seats offers the driver and front passenger more flexibility as an option. The box in the transmission tunnel is another option, providing rear passengers with a clever storage solution for small items. The box just needs to be placed between the centre console and the rear seats and then locks itself into place. A flexible storage compartment for the boot is another feature to choose from. This saves space by being located on the side wall, and can be pulled out to secure items if required. The fifth feature to premiere is the sun visor, available as an accessory for the optional panoramic roof. When not in use, this folds to a third of its size and can be stored under the boot cover.

USB-C socket on the rear-view mirror and a multifunction storage pocket for coats
Some Simply Clever solutions as seen in other ŠKODA models are now also available for the Fabia. These include a USB-C socket on the rear-view mirror, which is available as an option for the SE L and Colour Edition trim levels. This can be used to power a dashcam, for example, without a dangling cable obstructing the driver’s view. Also new to the popular small car range, in addition to the folding backrest of the front passenger seat, is a multifunction storage pocket that attaches below the boot cover. This converts an otherwise mostly unused space into a perfect storage area for coats or jackets, and can accommodate items weighing up to 3.5 kg. The easy-to-reach smartphone storage pockets on the front seatbacks (as found in the Octavia and Enyaq iV) are also making their Fabia debut.


The new Simply Clever features available for the Fabia at a glance:

Two smartphone storage pockets on the front seatbacks
Multifunction storage pocket
USB-C socket on the rear-view mirror
Folding flexible storage compartment in the boot *
Reading light in the rear that can be operated from the front
Removable Easy Open cup holder *
Wireless Charging
Card and pen holder in the storage compartment in front of the gearstick *
Card and coin holder in the lid of the glove compartment
Storage compartment on the tunnel in front of the rear seats with a cup holder *
Removable sun visor for the panoramic roof *
Loading sill protection

* making their ŠKODA debut

Success story: Fabia deliveries exceed 4.5 million

  • The Fabia is the second most produced ŠKODA model after the Octavia
  • For 22 years, the series has been an important cornerstone of the ŠKODA model range
  • Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland and the UK are the largest sales markets

Mladá Boleslav, 16 August 2021 – Twenty-two years after the Fabia’s market launch, ŠKODA continues to build on the success of this popular small car with its fourth generation. After the Octavia, the Fabia is the second most produced ŠKODA model and an important cornerstone for the Czech car manufacturer. More than 4.5 million units of the hatchback variant and the Fabia Estate have been delivered to date. Almost 375,00 Fabias have found homes with UK customers since it was introduced in 2000.

Since its launch in 1999, the ŠKODA Fabia has been one of the bestselling vehicles in its class. It was a very appealing model from the outset, boasting generous amounts of space despite compact exterior dimensions, offering the highest levels of safety, functionality and efficiency, and representing excellent value for money. This successful formula made the ŠKODA entry-level model an attractive choice for a wide range of customers for more than two decades.

In approximately eight years, as many as 1.79 million first-generation Fabias, which were also available as an estate from 2000, were delivered. The second generation was unveiled at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show and had a total of 1,704,000 buyers. The third generation, presented in 2014, continued this momentum and, in 2019, was the second most delivered ŠKODA model after the OCTAVIA.

Overall deliveries of the Fabia exceed 4.5 million vehicles to date – a figure that is only surpassed in the ŠKODA range by the Octavia. The largest single market for the Fabia is Germany, with 18,070 deliveries in 2020, ahead of the Czech Republic (17,750), Poland (12,556) and the UK (9,771).

True potential of Ford Focus ST unleashed with new mountune performance upgrade kit

Hot hatch aficionados can finally realise the true potential of their mk4 Ford Focus ST with the latest power upgrade kit from mountune – m365. The latest improvements see power and performance once again increased from the m330 upgrade whilst ensuring that handling and everyday usability have not been sacrificed.

All power upgrades developed by mountune undergo a rigorous testing and development process, akin to that of an OEM and the m365 package is no different. Once again, its dedicated team of tuning professionals has delivered a package that stretches the boundaries of the Mk4 Focus ST, whilst putting the driver firmly in control.

mountune’s latest kit for the Focus ST is a second-stage modular upgrade, taking the original m330 upgrade to higher power and torque outputs across the whole rev-range. Running the m365 upgrade sees the Focus ST’s peak power boosted to 365 PS and peak torque to 560Nm, a rise of 85 PS and 140Nm over standard – more than enough power to fulfil the needs of even the most demanding performance enthusiasts.

This upgrade in power and torque is delivered by mountune’s highly-acclaimed Bluetooth OBD dongle and SMARTflash app running on any smartphone or tablet, combined with the high-flow panel air filter (as per m330), plus the all-new 3″ high-flow downpipe with sports catalyst and new Sport GPF – greatly reducing exhaust gas back-pressure whilst not detrimentally affecting the vehicle’s emissions. This has been vigorously tested by moutune’s dedicated engineering team to ensure that it will still easily pass a UK MOT emissions test for cars as they become 3+ years old.

For customers who have already purchased the m330 upgrade kit and who have the required supporting hardware, upgrading their ECU can be easily supported via a calibration upgrade for £99.inc VAT. The additional performance will then be available to add to their vehicle via the SMARTflash app – allowing maximum flexibility for customers to alter the performance of their beloved car, wherever they are, whenever they want.

“We are delighted to launch our latest upgrade kit for the much-loved mk4 Focus ST. Ford has done a great job with the stock ST and what we have done with this m365 upgrade kit is to fully optimise the calibration with our newly engineered low-back pressure exhaust hardware – this means maximum performance is available throughout the rev-range and it’s now a seriously fast car, which is also great fun to drive, too.” David Mountain, Managing Director, mountune.

The m365 mTune Smartflash includes four interchangeable calibrations – m365 performance, m330 performance, stock performance, and anti-theft. The intuitive SMARTflash system has been designed to enable selection between different calibrations simple and fast, giving users the freedom to change the vehicle to suit their needs and available fuel quality.

Focus ST owners wishing to install the m365, should purchase the m365 mTune SMARTflash upgrade, complete with Bluetooth OBD interface, as well as the mountune 3″ high-flow downpipe with sports catalyst, the new mountune Sport GPF and high-flow panel filter.

Full price list for the m365 upgrade kit
mTune SMARTflash m365 Power Upgrade – £689 inc. VAT
mountune 3” High-Flow Downpipe – £575 inc. VAT
mountune Sport GPF – £525 inc. VAT
Panel filter – £49.50 inc. VAT

To achieve the quoted power figures and to maintain engine reliability the recommended hardware should be used, and in the case of the m365 power, mountune also recommends that owners should run the vehicle using super unleaded (97 RON+) fuel to achieve maximum performance.

For more information about all power upgrades, please visit mountunestore.com

Ultra-low emissions Tiguan eHybrid joins Volkswagen range

The fleet-friendly Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid has opened for order to UK customers today, priced from £35,515 OTR in Life trim. The latest addition to Volkswagen’s plug-in hybrid range is a key piece in the company’s Way To Zero climate strategy. The newest PHEV model from the brand has a CO2 output from just 38 g/km (WLTP) and fuel economy of up to 176.6 mpg (WLTP, combined), with the capability to travel up to 30 miles purely on electric power from a single full charge.

The eHybrid drivetrain combines a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and a powerful electric motor, resulting in peak system output of 245 PS. It is available on value-packed Life, luxury-focused Elegance, and sporty R-Line trims, with respective WLTP CO2 emissions of 38, 43 and 41 g/km. The Life, starting at £35,515 OTR, also boasts a low P11D price of £35,460, and BIK taxation rate from only 11%, while the other trim levels represent similar value, especially to fleet customers, with respective BIK taxation rates of 13% and 11% for the Elegance and R-Line.

The high power output of the Tiguan eHybrid is complemented by an abundance of instant torque from the electric motor, while the petrol engine provides 250 Nm of twisting force, available between 1,550 and 3,500 rpm. These contribute to a top speed of 127 mph (where permitted) and a brisk 0 to 62 mph acceleration time of 7.5 seconds, while maintaining the low running costs associated with plug-in hybrid models.

An electric-only range of up to 30 miles (WLTP combined, and depending on specification) is available from the Tiguan eHybrid’s 10.4 kWh battery, and depending on the power source, charging takes place with 2.3 or 3.6 kW alternating current (AC). When supplied with 230 volts at 2.3 kW via the normal domestic grid, the battery can be fully charged in five hours from empty. This is reduced to three hours and 40 minutes using a 3.6 kW wall box or public charger.

The Tiguan eHybrid always starts journeys in all-electric E-MODE if the battery is sufficiently charged (except at battery temperatures of below -10°C), meaning that for those who travel less than 30 miles in a day, all-electric running will likely become an everyday occurrence. E-MODE can also be used at speeds of up to 80 mph (where permitted), making this setting suitable for all types of UK roads can be undertaken with zero tailpipe emissions.

The eHybrid’s intelligent powertrain can be programmed to reserve electric power, to be used later in a journey. For example, if the destination is in an urban setting, the driver can request that the car retains a percentage of battery capacity to allow zero tailpipe emissions during the final part of the journey. The car can also charge the battery on the move with brake energy recuperation and via the petrol engine, if requested by the driver.

With the Tiguan eHybrid trim options starting with Life, standard equipment for the model includes 3-zone automatic climate control; Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Front Assist; front and rear parking sensors; and a Discover Media Navigation infotainment system with an 8.0-inch touch-screen. IQ.Light LED matrix headlights with multiple lighting modes for different driving environments and scenarios also feature as standard on the Tiguan eHybrid Life and Elegance. These are optionally available for R-Line models.

Elegance specification adds to this tempting formula with such highlights as a heating function for the steering wheel; 30-colour ambient lighting throughout the cabin; electric boot opening and closing function, with sensor for hands-free access to the load area; keyless entry with start/stop button on the centre console; and Volkswagen’s 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro TFT dashboard display. A suite of systems to assist the driver are also standard-fit on the Elegance model, including a rear-view camera, Side Assist, rear traffic alert, and Predictive Cruise Control, which uses road sign recognition and navigation data to automatically alter the preset speed to the legal limit, as well as safely, pre-emptively slowing for bends, roundabouts and junctions.

R-Line – the top specification for the Tiguan eHybrid – brings a sportier focus for the Tiguan, and adds styling features to reflect this across the exterior and interior, including a roof spoiler; exclusive front and rear bumpers and wheel arch extensions; black roof lining and R-Line badging across the interior; as well as the same ambient lighting, keyless entry, Digital Cockpit Pro, Side Assist, rear traffic alert and Predictive Cruise Control features brought by the Elegance model. Finally, 20-inch ‘Misano Black’ alloy wheels set the R-Line apart from the other trim levels.

Nick O’Neill, Head of Fleet at Volkswagen UK, said: “The brilliant Tiguan is already regarded as a great all-rounder, and with the introduction of the Tiguan eHybrid this appeal is boosted even further. Our latest plug-in hybrid brings a fleet-friendly 11-13% BIK taxation rate (depending on specification) and low running costs to its long list of skills and attributes.

“It’s not just fleet managers and company car drivers who will love the Tiguan eHybrid though – the family-friendly Tiguan is up for almost any challenge life can throw at it, and now there’s the flexibility of local trips with zero-tailpipe-emissions to add to the list.”

Model Price (OTR) 0-62 mph Top speed CO2 (WLTP combined) Fuel consumption (WLTP combined) BIK rate – %
Life 1.4 245 PS
6-spd DSG
£35,515 7.5 sec 127 mph 38 g/km 176.6 mpg 11%
Elegance 1.4 245 PS
6-spd DSG
£37,780 7.5 sec 127 mph 43 g/km 156.9 mpg 13%
R-Line 1.4 245 PS
6-spd DSG
£38,120 7.5 sec 127 mph 41 g/km 156.9 mpg 11%

Shockingly affordable New Dacia Duster opens for orders

Dacia Duster

Orders are now open for the New Dacia Duster, as pricing, technical details and launch offers are confirmed. The latest version of the robust SUV offers a great deal more in every sense.

Dacia Duster

Having been comprehensively updated with refreshed design elements, advanced features and technology, the New Duster Dacia remains true to its roots by continuing to offer the same versatility and value-for-money it is acclaimed for.

The latest generation version is priced from only £13,995 OTR, while a host of enticing finance offers available across the new and improved range allow drivers to enjoy the New Duster for much less than they may imagine. For example, the Comfort TCe 100 Bi-Fuel can be purchased for £164 per month on a four-year Dacia Dimension PCP scheme with an interest rate at 6.9 per cent APR representative with a £500 deposit contribution and £2,590 customer deposit.

The New Duster is available to order now with the first customers due to take delivery in September. The TCe 130 engine will be available to order later in the year.

Launched in the UK in 2013, and available across Europe since 2010, the Duster quickly earned a reputation for delivering all the benefits of an SUV at city car price. With shockingly affordable value, the Duster has shaken-up the SUV segment, having broken the rules to become a unique offering for consumers. With more than 1.9 million vehicles sold, the Duster has been the number one car for retail sales in its class in Europe’s SUV market since 2019.

Following on from earlier generations, the New Duster is aimed both at customers who are looking for a comfortable, attractive SUV and those who want a robust, versatile 4×4.

True to its heritage, the New Duster is still a family SUV that is ideal for everyday use and also for adventures in nature. Its distinctive design has evolved, especially in respect of its new lights and grille, which give it an even stronger character, and improved COefficiency.

Inside, it is fitted with a high centre console with a retracting armrest, offers two multimedia systems with a new 8-inch screen and is available with a dual-clutch automatic EDC gearbox. As versatile to drive as ever, the New Duster is available in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive versions. The latest version also boasts an enhanced 4×4 Monitor system.

For greater simplicity, the New Duster is available in three trim levels – Essential, Comfort and Prestige – and with a choice of efficient engines, including a TCe 100 Bi-Fuel. The top-of-the-range TCe 150 engine is now paired to a new six-speed automatic transmission.

For even more ease, New Duster comes with just two options to choose from depending on the specification – metallic paint and a spare wheel.

EXTERIOR DESIGN
The New Duster introduces a more contemporary design, which is not only more stylish, but also works to optimise its aerodynamics for greater efficiency.

At the front end, the New Duster adopts the style features of Dacia’s refreshed visual identity first seen on the New Sandero and Sandero Stepway. New light units include Y-shaped daytime running lights, a new shape that also inspired the new 3D chromed radiator grille. The bolder, more purposeful front-end styling ensures that the Duster is now even more striking.

The always-on lighting at the front and rear incorporates the new Dacia light signature, while the Duster is the first Dacia model to be equipped with front LED direction indicators. This technology is also used for the dipped headlights (with automatic main beam activation as standard), and the number plate lights. As well as lower electricity consumption, the LEDs offer brighter lighting, day and night, providing greater visibility for both the driver and other road users.

There are also new body-coloured front rear bumpers (lower section), tinted windows and a bold new tailgate trim with ‘Duster’ inscription.

Thanks to the expertise of Dacia’s innovative designers and engineers, the New Duster’s aerodynamic performance has been improved. The design of the new rear spoiler and new 16 and 17-inch alloy rims (16-inch on the Comfort and 17-inch on Prestige versions) have been put to the test in a wind tunnel. The set of CO2 optimisations (new wheel bearings and tyres, LED lighting) including the drag area (SCx) allows a reduction of up to 5.8g of COon the 4×4 version of the New Duster. The New Duster features a new type of tyre, no matter which version a customer opts for. The two-wheel drive version is fitted with ‘green’ CO2-optimised tyres as standard, giving a 10 per cent reduction in rolling resistance.

As well as the CO2 reduction, these features have also helped to deliver lower fuel consumption, providing another welcome benefit for customers.

The versatility of the New Duster, for both every day and off-road use, is evident by its high ground clearance of 217 mm on the two-wheel drive version and 214 mm on the 4×4.

INTERIOR
The New Duster improves the comfort of its occupants with a more inviting cabin. It is equipped with new upholstery, new headrests, and a high centre console with a wide retracting armrest. The New Duster also offers two multimedia systems with a new 8-inch touchscreen.

The upholstery for the seats on the New Duster is 100 per cent new, and the fabric and shape of the enhanced headrests offer improved comfort and support. The new, slim profile of the headrests improves the visibility in the passenger compartment for rear passengers looking to the front and vice versa.

A notable new feature is the inclusion of a high centre console with a wide armrest that retracts 70mm. Available on selected models, it houses a closable, 1.1-litre storage compartment and two USB charging sockets for the rear passengers.

The comprehensive standard equipment includes an onboard computer screen, automatic main beam activation and cruise control and speed limiter with backlit controls on the steering wheel.

Automatic climate control with a digital display, heated front seats and a hands-free card are available on higher specification versions.

TECHNOLOGIES AND SAFETY
The New Duster is available with a choice of two new user-friendly multimedia systems, in addition to Dacia’s Plug & Radio audio system that incorporates MP3, USB, Bluetooth® and DAB capability, accessible through the Duster’s full complement of backlit steering wheel controls.

Media Display, offered as standard on Comfort models, comprises an 8-inch colour touchscreen mounted within easy reach of the driver, through which can be accessed a host of features including both Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay®. The system also adds a pair of USB ports and six speakers, including two ‘boomer’ speakers and a pair of front-mounted tweeters.

Prestige models, meanwhile, see a further upgrade to the new Media Nav system. With a full-featured on-board navigation function, the system also offers wireless connectivity for both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® over Wi-Fi.

Both systems feature an innovative Vehicle tab that can be used to access driving and economy information, while four-wheel-drive versions also offer a 4×4 Monitor to display an altimeter, inclinometer, and a compass. The monitor is also able to display the pitch angle, Hill Start Assist and Adaptive Hill Descent Control data to keep the driver informed during steep descents and climbs. After driving off-road or in the mountains, the 4×4 Monitor displays a summary log of the journey.

The New Duster extends the use of technology to make drivers’ lives easier with a range of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). All models are fitted with tyre pressure monitoring, cruise control, and Emergency Brake Assist, while Blind Spot Warning – standard on Prestige – warns the driver of a risk of collision during lane changing by flashing a warning light within the door mirror if another vehicle is detected.

Hill Start Assist prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards when pulling away on a hill, while Park Assist uses ultrasonic sensors mounted in the rear bumper to detect obstacles while reversing before warning the driver with an audible signal. On selected models, this is joined by a rear camera that displays its output on the central touchscreen, complete with useful guidelines.

Adaptive Hill Descent Control on 4×4 models uses the brakes to automatically regulate the vehicle’s speed and prevent it from running away, even in low-traction environments. Operating in first and reverse gears, the system can maintain a driver-configurable speed of between 3mph and 18mph.

Range-topping Prestige models are equipped as standard with Dacia’s Multiview camera system. Activated instantly when reverse is engaged or manually via the MVC button, the system uses four cameras mounted around the vehicle to help the driver identify obstacles during parking or in tricky off-road situations.

ENGINES
The New Duster’s engine line-up has been comprehensively renewed and now offers a wide range of petrol, diesel, and even Bi-Fuel versions – which features a 50 percent larger LPG tank – plus the choice of an innovative new six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with the TCe 150 engine.

The EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) gearbox delivers the comfort and ease-of-driving of a traditional automatic transmission, combined with the superior fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions associated with a manual gearbox.

By using a pair of clutches, one for the odd gears and another for the even gears, the EDC gearbox can pre-select the next likely ratio and imperceptibly switch between them when the time comes. With no interruption to the flow of power, the result is a smooth and seamless ride for the passengers. In addition, the EDC system constantly ensures the optimal gear for the prevailing conditions has been selected, leading to improved fuel economy and reduced emissions.

The New Duster’s range of Euro 6D Full-compliant engines comprises three TCe petrol units of 90, 130, and 150hp outputs, all driving the front wheels through either a six-speed manual gearbox or, in the case of the TCe 150, Dacia’s new EDC six-speed automatic.

The torquey and efficient Blue dCi 115 diesel, meanwhile, is available with a choice of two- or four-wheel-drive, while the six-speed manual gearbox enables precise control in off-road situations.

The TCe 100 Bi-Fuel features Dacia’s proven factory-fitted LPG technology to offer a CO2 reduction of up to 9.5 percent when running on gas, as well as a combined petrol and LPG range of up to 767 miles thanks to its larger tank.

Dacia is the only manufacturer to offer the Bi-Fuel (petrol-LPG) option across its entire range of internal combustion engine models. The length of the manufacturer’s warranty, the service intervals, and boot capacity are identical to the petrol-only version. The LPG tank is fitted beneath the floor of the boot, in place of the spare wheel.

Behind the wheel, the switch between fuels is immediate and imperceptible. The new petrol-LPG switch, which is more ergonomic and better integrated, can be operated manually by the driver at any time. The switch to petrol occurs automatically if the LPG tank is empty.

Stop&Start, which automatically turns the engine off when the vehicle is stationary, is standard on all New Duster models and delivers both improved fuel economy and reduced emissions.

UK SPECIFICATIONS AND PRICING
The New Duster range epitomises Dacia’s no-nonsense approach to delivering quality for the best value, with a straightforward, simple-to-understand model line-up of three trims – Essential, Comfort, and Prestige.

Just two options are available across the range, honouring Dacia’s promise to keep things simple: a spare wheel can be added to all Dusters except Bi-Fuel models for £250, while metallic paint – including the striking new Desert Orange – is available across the range for only £595.

Kicking off the range at just £13,995 OTR, the New Duster Essential wears durable 16-inch steel wheels, new Y-shaped LED daytime running lights, automatic headlights, and black roof bars, while inside there’s a height and reach-adjustable steering column, cruise control with speed limiter, seven-function on-board computer, DAB Radio and manual air conditioning.

Available from £15,495 OTR, Comfort adds 16-inch alloy wheels, black-painted heated and electrically-adjustable door mirrors, body-coloured door handles, front fog lights, and hill descent control. The interior, meanwhile, gains upgraded upholstery, height-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar adjustment, leather steering wheel, electric rear windows, rear parking sensors with rear camera, and an 8-inch Media Display infotainment system complete with Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay®.

At the top of the range, from £16,695 OTR, the Prestige only adds to New Duster’s already generous value-for-money proposition with 17-inch alloy wheels, Grey Quartz door mirrors and roof bars, dark-tinted rear windows, and an acoustic windshield. Building on the Comfort specification, the Prestige goes further with automatic air conditioning, keyless entry, Multiview camera, front parking sensors, blind spot warning system, heated seats, and an 8-inch Media Nav on-board navigation system with wireless smartphone connectivity for Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay®.

TECHNICAL DATA

Version Power
(hp)
Torque (Nm) @ RPM 0-62mph
(secs)
Top speed
(mph)
CO2
(g/km)
Combined Fuel
Consumption
MPG WLTP
(L/100km)
Essential TCe 90 4×2 90 160 @ 2200-3,750 13.1 103 140 45.6 (6.2)
Essential TCe 100
Bi-Fuel 4×2
100 170 @ 2,000-3,500 15.1 (Petrol)
13.8 (LPG)
103 (Petrol)
104 (LPG)
144 (Petrol)
126 (LPG)
44.1 (6.4)
40.9 (6.9)
Comfort TCe 90 4×2 90 160 @ 2,200-3,750 13.1 103 140 45.6 (6.2)
Comfort TCe 100
Bi-Fuel 4×2
100 170 @ 2,000-3,500 15.1 (Petrol)
13.8 (LPG)
103 (Petrol)
104 (LPG)
145 (Petrol)
127 (LPG)
44.1 (6.4)
40.4 (7)
Comfort TCe 130 4×2 130 240 @ 1,600-3,500 10.6 120 141 45.6 (6.2)
Comfort TCe 150 4×2 EDC 150 250 @ 1,700-3,250 9.7 124 142 44.8 (6.3)
Comfort Blue dCi 115 4×2 115 260 @ 1,750-2,750 10.2 113 127 57.6 (4.9)
Comfort Blue dCi 115 4×4 115 260 @ 1,750-2,750 10.2 108 139 53.3 (5.3)
Prestige TCe 90 4×2 90 160 @ 2,200-3,750 13.1 103 140 45.6 (6.2)
Prestige TCe 100
Bi-Fuel 4×2
100 170 @ 2,000-3,500 15.1 (Petrol)
13.8 (LPG)
103 (Petrol)
104 (LPG)
145 (Petrol)
127 (LPG)
44.1 (6.4)
40.4 (7)
Prestige TCe 130 4×2 130 240 @ 1,600-3,500 10.6 120 141 45.6 (6.2)
Prestige TCe 150 4×2 EDC 150 250 @ 1,700-3,250 9.7 124 142 44.8 (6.3)
Prestige Blue dCi 115 4×2 115 260 @ 1,750-2,750 10.2 113 127 57.6 (4.9)
Prestige Blue dCi 115 4×4 115 260 @ 1,750-2,750 10.2 108 139 53.3 (5.3)

 

PRICING

Version VED
Year 1
BIK Basic Price VAT 20% Total
Retail
Price
First
Registration
Fee
Delivery
Charge
OTR
Essential TCe 90 4×2 £220 31% £10,937.50 £2,187.50 £13,125 £55 £595 £13,995
Essential TCe 100
Bi-Fuel 4×2
£210 36% £10,945.83 £2,189.17 £13,135 £55 £595 £13,995
Comfort TCe 90 4×2 £220 31% £12,187.50 £2,437.50 £14,625 £55 £595 £15,495
Comfort TCe 100
Bi-Fuel 4×2
£210 36% £12,195.83 £2,439.17 £14,635 £55 £595 £15,495
Comfort TCe 130 4×2 £220 31% £13,312.50 £2,662.50 £15,975 £55 £595 £16,845
Comfort TCe 150 4×2 EDC £220 31% £14,979.17 £2,995.83 £17,975 £55 £595 £18,845
Comfort Blue dCi 115 4×2 £180 32% £13,762.50 £2,752.50 £16,515 £55 £595 £17,345
Comfort Blue dCi 115 4×4 £220 34% £15,645.83 £3,129.17 £18,775 £55 £595 £19,645
Prestige TCe 90 4×2 £220 31% £13,187.50 £2,637.50 £15,825 £55 £595 £16,695
Prestige TCe 100
Bi-Fuel 4×2
£210 36% £13,195.83 £2,639.17 £15,835 £55 £595 £16,695
Prestige TCe 130 4×2 £220 31% £14,312.50 £2,862.50 £17,175 £55 £595 £18,045
Prestige TCe 150 4×2 EDC £220 31% £15,979.17 £3,195.83 £19,175 £55 £595 £20,045
Prestige Blue dCi 115 4×2 £180 32% £14,762.50 £2,952.50 £17,715 £55 £595 £18,545
Prestige Blue dCi 115 4×4 £220 34% £16,645.83 £3,329.17 £19,975 £55 £595 £20,845

 

DIMENSIONS

TRUNK VOLUME Two-wheel drive 4×4
Boot volume in litres 478 L 467 L
Boot volume in dm3 (VDA standard) / spare wheel 445 dm3 411 dm3 / 376 dm3
Maximum volume (up to the height of the seat) – rear bench folded down in litres 1,623 L 1,614 L
DIMENSIONS (mm) Two-wheel drive 4×4
Overall length 4,341
Wheelbase 2,673 2,676
Front overhang 842 841
Rear overhang 826 824
Overall width with folded mirrors / unfolded mirrors 1,804 / 2,052
Front track ground 1,563
Rear track ground 1,570 1,580
Overall height without/with longitudinal roof bars 1,633 / 1,693 1,621 / 1,682
Open tailgate height 2,020
Trunk sill height 782 764
Ground clearance unladen / with max. load 217 / 183 214 / 182
Rear knee room 170
Front elbow room 1,403
Rear elbow room 1,416
Front shoulder width 1,383
Rear shoulder width 1,379
Front headroom 900
Rear headroom 892
Trunk entry maximum width 980
Interior width between wheel arches 977
Maximum load length with rear bench folded 1,792

 

Updated 2022 Mazda2 on sale from 1st October

The 2022 Mazda2 goes on sale from the 1st October. The latest update to Mazda’s popular supermini, the 2022 model-year sees the introduction of new trim levels and improved efficiency across the range. As before, the Mazda2 range is powered exclusively by the 1.5-litre Skyactiv-G petrol engine, and for the 2022 model year, the 115ps version has been reintroduced alongside the 75ps and 90ps outputs.

Starting with the £16,475 75ps SE-L, the seven-model 2022 Mazda2 range is topped with the new £20,845 115ps GT Sport Tech model. The 90ps engine is offered in SE-L and Sport trims, with Sport cars offered with manual and automatic transmission. The popular 90ps engine is also offered in GT Sport trim and the 2022 model year sees this trim also offered with a choice of transmission for the first time. The flagship 115ps GT Sport Tech is exclusively matched to the six-speed manual transmission, and with the exception of the entry-level 75ps SE-L, all manual versions of the 2022 Mazda2 feature Mazda’s M Hybrid mild-hybrid system and now wear the e-Skyactiv G badge.

Across all models the 1.5-litre petrol engine has been refined to offer considerable efficiency improvements. The compression ratio has increased from 13.1 to 15.1 with the exhaust upgraded from a 4-1 to a 4-2-1 manifold. As a result Co2 emissions have dropped by 11 to 14g/km depending on output and transmission. As an example the popular 90ps Sport manual has dropped from 120g/km to 107g/km, while across the range the corresponding improvements in economy further enhance the Mazda2’s excellent cost of ownership credentials.

As has always been the case with the Mazda2, the 2022 Mazda2 sees excellent standard specifications across the entire range. All models in the range feature navigation, cruise control, integrated Bluetooth and air conditioning, while the 2022 Mazda2 also sees the introduction of wireless Apple CarPlay from Sport trim onwards. From GT Sport trim onwards, the 2022 Mazda2 gets a colour head-up display, reversing camera, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. The new range-topping 115ps GT Sport Tech has a standard equipment tally that includes items not normally found as standard in this sector, including adaptive LED headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear smart city brake support and a 360 degree camera.

With a total of 12 colours to choose from across the range, the 2022 Mazda2 also sees the debut of Platinum Quartz Metallic, which complements the 2022 Mazda2’s unchanged Kodo design and sporty proportions. Already a supermini well-regarded for its handling, subtle updates from the 2020 Mazda2 update have been retained unchanged, these include the use of a urethane top mount in the rear dampers and revisions to the power steering to improve response and feel, plus Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus) – the evolved version of Mazda’s GVC system, which now uses the brakes to apply direct yaw movement control in addition to the previous system’s engine control.

Commenting on the arrival of the 2022 Mazda2, Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director Mazda UK said: “the Mazda2 may be the smallest car we produce, but it has at its heart the same values of style, driver involvement and quality that mark out all our vehicles. The Mazda2 is now more efficient than ever, while thanks to the generous equipment tally across all models, we have a distinctive and premium contender in what is still one of the most competitive segments in the UK car market.”

Offering superior styling, quality and driver comfort, the more efficient and great to drive 2022 Mazda2 will arrive in UK dealerships in October.

Honda confirms pricing for all-new HR-V e:HEV

Honda HR-V

Honda has confirmed pricing details for its all-new HR-V compact SUV. Starting from £26,960, all variants of this latest generation HR-V are equipped as standard with Honda’s advanced two-motor e:HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) powertrain technology, representing the latest step in the brand’s commitment to electrify all of its mainstream models in Europe by 2022.

Honda HR-V

The range consists of the Elegance grade, starting at £26,960 which features LED headlights, heated front seats, 18” alloy wheels and seamless smartphone connectivity as standard. Sitting above this is the Advance, which starts from £29,210 and adds a power tailgate with ‘Walk Away Close and Handsfree access’, heated steering wheel, and a synthetic leather and fabric interior trim. The Advance Style derivative is available from £31,660, and adds premium audio, unique details and stand-out design elements such as a two-tone exterior paint finish and orange detailing to the cabin. The car will be available through Honda Finance Europe Plc, starting at £269* per month.

Honda’s proven e:HEV hybrid technology, available in a HR-V for the first time, delivers COemissions from 122g/km (WLTP combined cycle) and fuel economy of 52mpg / 5.4L/100km. The e:HEV set-up includes three interchangeable drive modes that are selected automatically according to the prevailing driving conditions. The technology delivers an enjoyable and responsive EV-like driving experience and maximises efficiency at all times.

The all-new HR-V has a bold, coupe-SUV silhouette that is sleeker than its predecessor, and its modern design is in keeping with other recent Honda models. The spacious and versatile interior is designed to reflect the lifestyle of the owner with vibrant, high-quality materials and trim elements used throughout the cabin.

As with all new Honda models, the all-new HR-V is equipped with Honda SensingTM, which includes a comprehensive range of class-leading safety technologies and driver aids. The new model also introduces Hill Descent Control functionality for greater control on steep slopes and low-grip surfaces. HR-V owners additionally benefit from seamless in-car connectivity, with a 9-inch touchscreen interface enabling smartphone mirroring via Apple CarPlay (through Bluetooth, WiFi or cable) and Android Auto (cable).

Tom Gardner, Senior Vice President at Honda Motor Europe Ltd, said: “The launch of the all-new HR-V is a major milestone for Honda in Europe, setting new benchmarks for interior space, versatility and comfort in the compact SUV market. Available later this year, the next generation of hybrid-only HR-V will appeal to modern consumers, reflecting their active and connected lifestyles, with a desirable blend of efficiency and responsive performance.”

Order books for the all-new Honda HR-V open tomorrow, Tuesday 3rd August 2021, with first deliveries commencing in the UK from late 2021. Customers can now order the all-new HR-V e:HEV from their local dealer, www.honda.co.uk/cars/find-a-dealer.html#search.

Updated SEAT Ibiza now open for order

SEAT Ibiza

SEAT has announced the pricing and technical specifications for the newly-updated Ibiza, which is now available to buy in the UK.

SEAT Ibiza

The entry price point starts at £16,945 OTR for the SE 1.0 TSI 95PS, reaching £21,725 OTR for the 1.0 TSI DSG-auto 110PS.

Customers can choose from six distinct and highly-specified trims: SE, SE Technology, FR, FR Sport, XCELLENCE and XCELLENCE Lux.

For the new model, the power outputs are carefully matched with the desired trim level. The Ibiza 1.0 TSI 95PS is available across all trim levels, whilst the 1.0 TSI 110PS, and 1.0 TSI DSG-auto 110PS are for FR trims and above.

“The SEAT Ibiza has been a cornerstone of the brand’s success, with close to six million vehicles sold over its five generations,” said Wayne Griffiths, President of SEAT and CUPRA. “The refreshed version’s new exterior modifications and interior revolution, together with new levels of connectivity and safety, mean it’s ready to continue the success story.”

The Ibiza arrives as standard with a 3-year/60,000 mile warranty, upgradable to 4-years/75,000-miles for £165 RRP, or 5-years/90,000-miles for £285 RRP.

A new look

The facelift sees the introduction of a number of new-look features.

To draw attention to the SEAT Ibiza’s sleek exterior, there are three new alloy wheel designs available (two 17-inch and one 18-inch), as well as LED exterior lighting as standard, a stylish, two-tone chrome SEAT logo with the Ibiza model name in embossed, handwritten lettering, and two new body colour finishes: Sapphire Blue and Asphalt Blue.

Reflecting the exterior enhancements, the interiors have also been updated, now featuring SEAT’s renowned Beats audio system as an option, and a 9.2” navigation screen available on SE Technology trim and above (SE trim comprises an 8.25” Touchscreen display).

Additionally, the Ibiza houses a high resolution digital cockpit in both FR Sport and XCELLENCE Lux trim.

To further create atmosphere within the cabin, the newly designed air vents have surround LED lighting, available in a range of colours depending on the trim selected – Daring Red for FR/FR Sport and Burgundy for XCELLENCE/XCELLENCE Lux.

As is always a priority with new SEAT vehicles, connectivity takes pride of place. To that end, the Ibiza features the SEAT Connect system and integrated wireless Full Link smart phone functionality, ensuring that the driver never feels digitally disconnected.

Full price list: all-new SEAT Ibiza

Model Engine CO2 (g/km, WLTP) Fuel economy (MPG, WLTP combined) Price (RRP, OTR)
SE 1.0 TSI 95PS 118 47.9-54.3 £16,945.00
SE Technology 1.0 TSI 95PS 118 47.9-54.3 £17,875.00
FR 1.0 TSI 95PS 124 47.9-51.4 £19,285.00
FR 1.0 TSI 110PS 123 48.7-52.3 £19,700.00
FR 1.0 TSI DSG-auto 110PS 132 44.1-48.7 £20,820.00
FR Sport 1.0 TSI 95PS 125 47.9-51.4 £20,140.00
FR Sport 1.0 TSI 110PS 123 48.7-52.3 £20,555.00
FR Sport 1.0 TSI DSG-auto 110PS 132 44.1-48.7 £21,675.00
XCELLENCE 1.0 TSI 95PS 126 47.9-51.4 £19,500.00
XCELLENCE 1.0 TSI 110PS 124 48.7-51.4 £19,755.00
XCELLENCE 1.0 TSI DSG-auto 110PS 133 44.1-47.9 £20,875.00
XCELLENCE Lux 1.0 TSI 95PS 126 47.9-51.4 £20,350.00
XCELLENCE Lux 1.0 TSI 110PS 124 48.7-51.4 £20,605.00
XCELLENCE Lux 1.0 TSI DSG-auto 110PS 133 44.1-47.9 £21,725.00

Specifications

Befitting the SEAT name and the equipment included within, the new Ibiza can be ordered in one of six highly-specified trims, each carefully curated to deliver a blend of performance, technology and design.

All SEAT Ibiza SE models across the range include as standard:

  • 15-inch ENJOY alloy wheels in Brilliant Silver
  • ECO LED automatic headlights and LED daytime running lights, front and rear fog lights, and halogen taillights
  • Electrically adjustable door mirrors
  • Metallic finish, with SE exterior styling comprising body coloured bumpers, door handles and mirror caps
  • Bluetooth® audio streaming and handsfree system
  • Full Link smartphone integration (Mirror Link, Wireless Apple CarPlay, Google Android Auto) with USB Type C cable for Apple and Android devices
  • 8.25-inch touchscreen display, with two type C USB sockets (data only), a DAB/AM/FM radio, and six speakers
  • SEAT Connect: Safety, Service and Remote package, comprising 10-year Safety & Service subscription including private emergency call, breakdown call, and service scheduling, as well as a 12-month Remote Access subscription that includes driving data, parking position, remote lock and unlock, and anti-theft/area/speed alert
  • Sun visors with mirror and card holder on the driver side, dimmable interior rear view mirror, and front reading lights
  • Height-adjustable front seats with split and folding rear seats (both in cloth), as well as height-adjustable front and rear headrests (five)
  • Leather, multifunction flat-bottomed sports steering wheel
  • Chrome interior detailing, grey headlining, and coloured interior air vents in Honey Mustard
  • Air conditioning with dust and pollen filter
  • Cruise control and speed limiter
  • Electric front windows
  • Rear parking sensors as an option
  • Comfort suspension and electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Electronic engine immobiliser (with alarm as an option)
  • Front driver and passenger side airbags with curtain airbag and front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front Assist (forward collision warning), autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and hill-hold control
  • Tiredness recognition system, tyre pressure monitoring and lane assist
  • Three-point seat belts on all rear seats, with seat belt reminder for front and rear seats
  • ISOFIX
  • Emergency tyre repair kit and locking wheel bolts

On top of or in place of, the SEAT Ibiza SE Technology includes:

  • 16-inch ‘Design’ machined alloy wheels in Nuclear Grey
  • 9.2-inch touchscreen Navigation system, that includes USB type C sockets (data only), voice control, and DAB/AM/FM radio
  • SEAT Connect: Safety, Service, Remote & Online package that includes the SEAT Connect: Safety, Service and Remote access plus a 12-month subscription to online infotainment, comprising online map updates, online traffic information, online route calculation, and parking and petrol station locations
  • SD card map updates for one year

On top of or in place of, the SEAT Ibiza FR includes:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels in Brilliant Silver
  • Dark tinted, electric rear windows and interior chrome detailing with black headlining
  • Full LED automatic headlights with dynamic headlight range control, coming and leaving home feature, LED daytime running lights, and LED taillights
  • Electrically adjustable, folding, heated door mirrors and an auto-dimming rear view mirror
  • FR exterior styling that includes Brilliant Black window surrounds, black mirror caps and body coloured door handles, plus a rear spoiler with FR twin exhausts
  • Interior ambient lighting with coloured interior air vents in Red with illuminated surrounds
  • Sports seats in Navy and Black cloth, accompanied by gearshift paddles added to the steering wheel (DSG only)
  • Dual-zone climate control with combination filter
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • SEAT Drive Profiles and ECO function (not compatible with 1.0 MPI engine), and sport suspension
  • Alarm and electronic engine immobiliser
  • The option of dynamic road sign display

On top of or in place of, the SEAT Ibiza FR Sport includes:

  • 18-inch ‘Performance’ machined alloy wheels in Black and Grey
  • Digital cockpit
  • Storage pockets on the back of the front seats
  • Comfort seats in Black microsuede

On top of or in place of, the SEAT Ibiza XCELLENCE includes:

  • 17-inch ‘Dynamic’ machined alloy wheels in Nuclear Grey
  • XCELLENCE exterior styling, comprising chrome window and upper grille surrounds, Atom Grey mirror caps and body coloured door handles
  • Front centre armrest
  • Burgundy coloured interior air vents
  • Keyless Entry & Go system (KESSY)
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Comfort suspension

On top of or in place of, the SEAT Ibiza XCELLENCE Lux includes:

  • Digital cockpit
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Rear view camera with front and rear parking sensors
  • SEAT Drive Profiles and ECO function (not compatible with 1.0 MPI engine)
  • High Beam Assist
  • Dynamic road sign display

Details for the Ibiza 1.0 MPI model will become available later in 2021.

The new SEAT Ibiza is designed, developed and built at SEAT’s facilities in Martorell, Barcelona.

For more information on the SEAT range, visit https://www.seat.co.uk/.

UK order books open today for new SEAT Arona

SEAT Arona

SEAT has announced the pricing and technical specifications for the eagerly awaited new Arona, now available to order in the UK.

SEAT Arona

Prices start at £19,260 OTR for the Arona SE 1.0 TSI EVO 95PS, and go to £25,835 for the Arona XPERIENCE LUX 1.0 TSI DSG-auto 110PS.

Customers can choose from six distinct trims (SE, SE Technology, FR, FR Sport, XPERIENCE and XPERIENCE Lux), matching the desired trim level to the power output that suits them best.

The new Arona 1.0 TSI EVO 95PS can be specified with SE and SE Technology trim, whereas the 1.0 TSI 110PS is available from FR trim upwards. The 1.0 TSI DSG-auto 110PS can be paired with all trim levels, while a sportier 1.5 TSI DSG-auto 150PS is available exclusively with FR and FR Sport trims.

“The SEAT Arona is a clear pillar of success within the range, being the second most sold SEAT model last year,” said Wayne Griffiths, President of SEAT and CUPRA. “The new pricing and updated specifications only add to this vehicles’ incredible attributes, offering a refreshed design at exceptional value for money.”

When it comes to warranties, the new Arona has a 3-year/60,000-mile warranty as standard, with the option to upgrade to 4 years/75,000 miles for £180 RRP, or 5 years/90,000 miles for £315 RRP.

The new SEAT Arona is designed, developed and built at SEAT’s facilities in Martorell, Barcelona.

A new look

The facelift sees a number of new design features.

Subtle exterior refinements complement the model’s rugged appearance, as the car receives three new alloy wheel designs (two 17-inch and one 18-inch), ECO LED exterior lighting as standard, a stylish, two-tone chrome SEAT logo with the Arona model name in embossed, handwritten lettering, a new grille patterning, a Reflex Silver bumper, foglight design changes, and a new spoiler and diffuser.

There are also a number of new additions to the Arona colour palette, including three new body colours – Sapphire Blue, Asphalt Blue, and Dark Camouflage – and three roof colour options – Midnight Black, Magnetic Tech and new Candy White.

Reflecting the exterior enhancements, the interiors have been updated with the Arona featuring SEAT’s renowned Beats audio system as an option, and a 9.2-inch Navigation screen available on SE Technology trim and above (SE trim comprises an 8.25-inch Touchscreen display).

Additionally, a high resolution Digital Cockpit features in the Arona on FR Sport and XPERIENCE Lux.

To further create atmosphere within the cabin, the newly designed air vents have surround LED lighting, available in a range of colours depending on the trim selected – Daring Red for FR/FR Sport and Aran Green for XPERIENCE/XPERIENCE Lux.

As is always a priority with new SEAT vehicles, connectivity takes pride of place. To that end, the Arona features the SEAT Connect system and integrated wireless Full Link smart phone functionality, ensuring that the driver never feels digitally disconnected.

Full price list: all-new SEAT Arona

Model Engine CO2 (g/km, WLTP) Fuel economy (MPG, WLTP combined) Price (RRP, OTR)
SE 1.0 TSI EVO 95PS 124 48.7-52.3 £19,260.00
SE 1.0 TSI DSG-auto 110PS 134 44.1-47.9 £20,540.00
SE Technology 1.0 TSI EVO 95PS 124 48.7-52.3 £20,155.00
SE Technology 1.0 TSI DSG-auto 110PS 134 44.1-47.9 £21,435.00
FR 1.0 TSI 110PS 121 47.9-53.3 £22,570.00
FR 1.0 TSI DSG-auto 110PS 135 44.1-47.9 £23,690.00
FR 1.5 TSI DSG-auto 150PS 140 42.8-45.6 £23,975.00
FR Sport 1.0 TSI 110PS 124 47.9-51.4 £23,640.00
FR Sport 1.0 TSI DSG-auto 110PS 137 44.1-46.3 £24,760.00
FR Sport 1.5 TSI DSG-auto 150PS 142 42.8-44.8 £25,045.00
XPERIENCE 1.0 TSI 110PS 120 47.9-53.3 £23,290.00
XPERIENCE 1.0 TSI DSG-auto 110PS 134 44.1-47.9 £24,330.00
XPERIENCE Lux 1.0 TSI 110PS 124 47.9-51.4 £24,795.00
XPERIENCE Lux 1.0 TSI DSG-auto 110PS 137 44.1-47.1 £25,835.00


Specifications

Befitting the SEAT name and the equipment included within, the new Arona can be specified in one of six highly-specified trims, each carefully curated to deliver a blend of performance, technology and design.

All SEAT Arona SE models across the range include as standard:

  • 17-inch ‘Dynamic’ 26/2 machined alloy wheels with 205/55 R17 tyres
  • Contrast roof, with body-coloured, electrically adjustable door mirrors
  • Front fog lights with cornering function and rear fog light (EOP wk.48)
  • Rear spoiler and hidden exhaust pipe
  • ECO LED automatic headlights and LED daytime running lights
  • Metallic paint, plus black roof rails and window surrounds
  • Bluetooth® audio streaming and handsfree system, AM/FM radio with DAB, and six speakers
  • Media system with 8.2-inch touchscreen and type C USB port
  • Full Link smartphone integration (Mirror Link, Wireless Apple CarPlay, Google Android Auto) with USB Type C cable for Apple and Android devices
  • SEAT Connect: Safety, Service and Remote package, comprising 10-year Safety & Service subscription including private emergency call, breakdown call, and service scheduling, as well as a 12-month Remote Access subscription that includes driving data, parking position, remote lock and unlock, and Anti-theft/area/speed alert
  • Front courtesy light and front reading light
  • Interior chrome pack, with grey interior roof working in combination with Titan Black dashboard, and Honey Mustard air vent surround
  • Height adjustable front seat, split folding rear seats, and five adjustable headrests (two front, three back), plus double boot floor
  • Flat-bottomed leather steering wheel, and leather gear knob and handbrake
  • Cruise control, speed limiter and lane assist
  • Air-conditioning with dust and pollen filter
  • Dimming rear-view mirror, and electric front and rear windows
  • Instrument panel featuring: RPM counter, trip computer, outside temperature gauge, digital clock, instrument lighting with brightness control, low fuel warning light, ‘lights on’ reminder and gearshift indicator
  • Driver and front passenger airbags, and side airbags also in the front with curtain airbag
  • Protective side moulding
  • Electronic stability control (ESC) and electronic engine immobiliser
  • ISOFIX points in outer rear seats with top tether anchorage points
  • Three-point seatbelts on all rear seats, as well as a seat belt reminder for front and rear seats
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Tiredness Recognition System, and Hill-Hold Control
  • Locking wheel bolts and emergency tyre repair kit
  • Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and Front Assist

On top of or in place of, the SEAT Arona SE Technology includes:

  • Connectivity pack plus which features media system with 9.2-inch colour touchscreen and proximity sensor, navigation system with 3D map display and voice control, wireless phone charger, and type C USB port
  • SEAT Connect: Safety, Service, Remote & Online package, which comprises everything in the SEAT Connect: Safety, Service & Remote package, plus 12-month online infotainment subscription that includes online map update, online traffic information, online route calculation, and parking and petrol stations
  • Rear parking sensors

On top of or in place of, the SEAT Arona FR includes:

  • 17-inch ‘Dynamic’ 26/3 alloy wheels with 205/55 R17 tyres
  • Dark, tinted rear windows and electrically adjustable door mirrors that are matched with the roof colour
  • Full LED automatic headlights with dynamic headlight range control, coming and leaving home feature, and LED daytime running lights
  • Twin exhaust pipe styling (hidden exhaust pipe)
  • LED rear taillights and licence plate lights
  • Chrome roof rails and window surrounds
  • Interior ambient lighting, front courtesy light with a front and rear reading light, and an interior light in the footwell, central console and door panel
  • Black interior roof, alongside illuminated coloured air vents (Daring Red on FR and FR Sport)
  • Sporty front seats, behind a flat-bottomed leather steering wheel perforated with red stitching and FR logo, and leather gear knob and handbrake
  • Dual-zone climate control and Aircare filter
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Specific SEAT Drive Profiles featuring four different modes (Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual), incorporating steering response, throttle response, and gearshift mode (only on DSG models)
  • Gearshift paddles mounted onto the steering wheel (DSG models only)
  • Alarm (perimeter and interior monitoring) with back-up horn and tow-away protection

On top of or in place of, the SEAT Arona FR Sport includes:

  • 18-inch ‘Performance’ Cosmo Grey Matt 26/2 alloy wheels with 215/45 R18 tyres
  • Digital cockpit
  • Heated front seats with back storage pockets
  • Microsuede upholstery

On top of or in place of, the SEAT Arona XPERIENCE includes:

  • 17-inch ‘Dynamic’ 26/3 alloy wheels with 205/55 R17 tyres
  • Storage pack featuring: front-centre armrest, drawer under front-right seat, document holder under left-front seat, and mounting fixture in luggage compartment
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Keyless Entry & Go (KESSY), and Side Assist blind spot monitoring

On top of or in place of, the SEAT Arona XPERIENCE Lux includes:

  • 18-inch ‘Performance’ Nuclear Grey 26/1 alloy wheels with 215/45 R18 tyres
  • Park Assist, front parking sensors and a rear-view camera

For more information on the SEAT range, visit https://www.seat.co.uk/.

CUPRA announces Leon and Formentor pricing and specification updates

CUPRA has announced the latest 2022 model year updates for both the Leon and Formentor, available to order today from any retailer across the UK.

New paint options join both models’ colour palettes, with CUPRA Leon now available to order in two matte paint finishes –­ Magnetic Tech and Petrol Blue – and Formentor which can now be specified in metallic Nevada White and Asphalt Blue.

The CUPRA Formentor can also be fitted with a high-performance, high-fidelity Beats audio system on all trim levels.

All variants of the Leon and Formentor equipped with a DSG-auto gearbox will also benefit from a heated steering wheel as standard, while on Formentor, an electric tailgate is now an available option on V1 and V2 trims, and a top view camera can be added to the VZ2 and VZ3 trims.

CUPRA Leon e-HYBRID also gains a mode 3 charging cable as standard, enabling faster charging.

Prices for the CUPRA Leon start at £31,555 OTR for Leon Hatch VZ1 trim 2.0-litre TSI 245PS DSG-auto and rise to £40,535 OTR for the range-topping Leon Estate VZ3 2.0-litre TSI 310PS DSG-auto 4Drive.

Formentor prices start at £27,745 OTR for V1 1.5-litre TSI 150PS, rising to £42,990 OTR for VZ3 2.0-litre TSI 310PS DSG-auto 4Drive.

Both the CUPRA Leon and Formentor are designed, developed and built at CUPRA’s headquarters in Martorell, Spain.

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