Skoda Fabia III: used car test –

The Fabia attracts with low prices and only a few weaknesses

The Skoda Fabia is about to be replaced. Diesel engines were deleted without replacement in 2018. AUTO BILD takes a closer look at a used Fabia TDI!

W.You didn’t even know that you were looking for a Skoda Fabia TDI, did you? Yes, the car dealership in Bockel near Bremen has a little white temptation in its sales halls: three years old, 160,000 long-distance kilometers and with a comfort and business package anything but poorly furnished. The Czech cost 21,000 euros at the end of 2017, but the 1.4 TDI has now lost almost 70 percent of its value. Power 6480 euros. VW’s emissions scandal and the hype surrounding e-mobility lead to such violent price drops – not only penny-foxers get nervous.

€ 5,880

Skoda Fabia 1.2, gasoline

61,000 km
44 kW (60 hp)

CO2 0 g / km *

€ 5,888

Skoda Fabia 1.2 Cool Edition, petrol

78,300 km
44 kW (60 hp)

5.9 l / 100km (comb.) CO2 140 g / km *

€ 5,895

Skoda Fabia 1.2 TDI Combi Greenline, diesel

102,808 km
55 kW (75 PS)

3.4 l / 100km (combined) CO2 90 g / km *

€ 5,950

Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI Combi Cool Edition, petrol

103,358 km
63 kW (86 PS)

5.2 l / 100km (comb.) CO2 123 g / km *

€ 5,950

Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI Ambition, petrol

85,000 km
44 kW (60 hp)

5.9 l / 100km (comb.) CO2 140 g / km *

€ 5,950

Skoda Fabia 1.4 MPI Combi COOL, petrol

93,200 km
63 kW (86 PS)

5.9 l / 100km (comb.) CO2 139 g / km *

€ 5,980

Skoda Fabia 1.2 TSI COMBI ACTIVE, petrol

37,424 km
66 kW (90 PS)

CO2 107 g / km *

14772 Brandenburg an der Havel, Autohaus Böttche GmbH – Brandenburg North

19061 Schwerin, Gebr. Ahnefeld Audi Center Schwerin

86609 Donauwörth, Automarkt Donauwörth Ralf Dinkelmeier

42651 Solingen, Autohaus Nouvertné am Schlagbaum GmbH & Co. KG

49716 Meppen, dealership Gebr. Schwarte GmbH & Co. KG

09116 Chemnitz, Frank Wendler

40233 Düsseldorf, Skoda Centrum Düsseldorf GmbH & Co. KG

Powerful and economical diesel

Skoda Fabia III

A consumption of three point something is no problem for the Fabia III.

© Toni Bader / AUTO BILD

Admittedly, the three-cylinder diesel does not care much about smooth running. The small EA288 with 90 hp has other advantages: Strength, stamina and thrift. As soon as the long fifth gear was engaged on the country road, the consumption display tended towards three point something. However, some owners complain that the small diesel in the Fabia could be even more economical. They are not entirely wrong, test consumption of five liters can be achieved today even in small cars with gasoline engines. With the facelift presented in 2018, Skoda canceled the diesel. Reason: In the built since 2014 Fabia More complex exhaust gas aftertreatment, which has now become mandatory for diesel engines, does not fit. That will only be with the new one Fabia (from 2021), then on the MQB-A0 platform, will be possible again. A comeback of diesel cannot therefore be ruled out.

Technical specifications
engineThree-cylinder, turbo
Valves / camshafts4 per cylinder / 2
Displacement1422 cc
power66 kW (90 PS) at 3000 rpm
Torque230 Nm at 1750 rpm
Maximum speed182 km / h
0-100 km / h11.1 s
Tank / fuel45 l / diesel
Transmission / driveFive-speed / front-wheel drive
Length Width Height3992/1732/1452 mm
Trunk volume330-1150 L.
Empty weight / payload1175/455 kg

The chassis looks pretty worn out

Skoda Fabia 1.4 TDI year of manufacture

Welcome: a lot of equipment, enough comfort and perfectly functioning electronic helpers.

© Sandra Beckefeldt / AUTO BILD

The has its durability Fabia already proven in our 100,000-kilometer endurance test. Unfortunately, too short a cable prevented a one in the end result. Otherwise, the Combi impressed with its compact Golf dimensions, especially with its versatility and an impressive trunk volume of 530 to 1395 liters. Our hatchback doesn’t have that much space to offer, but with an exterior length of less than four meters, it circles through inner cities even more casually. Survive long distances Fabia– Drivers without major exertion, even if the front seats could be lush, built deeper and a little tighter. The latter also applies to the chassis, which in our test car looks pretty worn out – a typical wear and tear of small cars that have been driven over long distances. Even if the TÜV inspector wouldn’t complain here, a revision of the bushings and bearings is worthwhile. This is in new condition Fabia– Suspension namely one of the best in this class: very comfortable in all disciplines, but at the same time not so soft that the Czech stumbled awkwardly through curves. Incidentally, all the electronic helpers on the test car worked perfectly, from the parking beeper to the distance radar to the navigation system. In the long-term testFabia on the other hand, the seat heating failed and the rain sensor sometimes had an “interesting” life of its own. By the way, our recommendation is the 1.0 liter TSI with 95 hp. The three-cylinder has power and hardly consumes more than diesel. Bargain prices like the one with the TDI are not to be expected here, however, starting at 8500 euros. But the mileage is still in the five-digit range.

Conclusion: Small price, few weaknesses! The rough diesel looks a bit yesterday, but is durable and economical. However, prices will continue to fall because the new one will start in 2021 Fabia.

Test consumption5.1 l D / 100 km
CO2135 g / km
inspection180-380 euros
Liability (14) *465 euros
Partially comprehensive (20) *566 euros
Fully comprehensive (16) *929 euros
Vehicle tax (Euro 6b)160 euros
Spare part prices **
alternator698 euros
Starter566 euros
water pump443 euros
Timing belt532 euros
Rear silencer378 euros
Front left fender, painted678 euros
Brake discs and pads in front687 euros
* HUK24 insurance online tariff: registration in Hamburg, driver only policyholder and partner (25 years old), annual mileage 15,000 km, no claims class 1 (to the vehicle insurance calculator); ** Prices including wages and 16 percent sales tax

* Further information on the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions and, if applicable, the power consumption of new cars can be found in the “Guide to Official Fuel Consumption”, which is available free of charge at all sales outlets and from “Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH” (www


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