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!
Powerful and economical diesel
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 thecould 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 More complex exhaust gas aftertreatment, which has now become mandatory for diesel engines, does not fit. That will only be with the new one (from 2021), then on the MQB-A0 platform, will be possible again. A comeback of diesel cannot therefore be ruled out.
|Valves / camshafts||4 per cylinder / 2|
|power||66 kW (90 PS) at 3000 rpm|
|Torque||230 Nm at 1750 rpm|
|Maximum speed||182 km / h|
|0-100 km / h||11.1 s|
|Tank / fuel||45 l / diesel|
|Transmission / drive||Five-speed / front-wheel drive|
|Length Width Height||3992/1732/1452 mm|
|Trunk volume||330-1150 L.|
|Empty weight / payload||1175/455 kg|
The chassis looks pretty worn out
Welcome: a lot of equipment, enough comfort and perfectly functioning electronic helpers.
© Sandra Beckefeldt / AUTO BILD
The has its durabilityalready 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 – 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 – 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 test 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.
|Test consumption||5.1 l D / 100 km|
|CO2||135 g / km|
|Liability (14) *||465 euros|
|Partially comprehensive (20) *||566 euros|
|Fully comprehensive (16) *||929 euros|
|Vehicle tax (Euro 6b)||160 euros|
|Spare part prices **|
|water pump||443 euros|
|Timing belt||532 euros|
|Rear silencer||378 euros|
|Front left fender, painted||678 euros|
|Brake discs and pads in front||687 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 .dat.de).