Review of Skoda Fabia 2. Ideal budget car?

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Advantages and disadvantages

Machine advantages

  • Good choice of powertrains;
  • economical motors;
  • Pleasant appearance with a sporty bias;
  • There is LED lighting;
  • Body quality;
  • Small dimensions;
  • In the latest generation, the quality of interior finishing materials has grown;
  • Ergonomics;
  • 5-inch multimedia system display;
  • High level of security;
  • Wide choice of optional equipment;
  • Pretty good value;
  • Good suspension, fulfilling our roads;
  • DSG on top engines.

Cons of the car Small ground clearance; Inside is cramped, especially for a family with children; Small trunk; The power of the most initial motors is clearly not enough.


Engines of various modifications are installed on the Skoda Fabia-1 car – in the model range there are both diesel and gasoline engines. Among gasoline ICEs, the most common are power units with volumes 1200 and 1400 cm3the most popular diesel engines are TDI engines with a volume 1900 cm3.

The simplest engine on Fabia – 1.4 L 8-valve. MPI borrowed from Felicia:

  • with a lower camshaft;
  • with push rods;
  • with timing chain drive.

On the Skoda Felicia, a similar engine was carbureted, on the Fabia distributed injection was already installed. ICE 1.4 MPI has a power of only 68 l. With.but the car by the city consumes on average 8.5 l/100 kma on the road and at all 6 l. The problem of these engines is the burnout of the cylinder head gasket, the first sign of a malfunction is the ingress of oil into the antifreeze. Another inconvenience on the Fabia is the too compact fuel tank, its capacity is only 45 liters.

On almost all Fabia-1 machines, the throttle assembly is considered a sore point, the malfunction is eliminated by cleaning the device. With electronic chokes, the situation is worse – they often need to be replaced. In general, all the engines installed on the Fabia are reliable, and this is a considerable merit of Volkswagen. The most voluminous of the entire line of power units is 2 liter 16 valve ICE power 115 l. With.with it the car can accelerate to 195 km/h.


power unit

The list of engines for Skoda Fabia 3 2019 is quite large, but only a few are delivered to us. For the novelty, the Czechs have provided gasoline and diesel engines. Starting the list of petrols is the 1.0-liter MPI 3-cylinder power plant, which develops only 60 horsepower. A more productive modification of the same “engine” already generates 75 “horses”.

Next comes the already turbocharged 1.2-liter TSI petrol version, which, depending on the boost level, delivers 90 horsepower (160 Nm) or 110 horsepower (175 Nm). The diesel engineers attributed the 3-cylinder 1.4-liter turbocharged TDI engine, which generates 75, 90 or 105 horsepower.

It’s a pity, but diesel-powered power units will not be supplied to our market. Instead, the company decided to install 4-cylinder naturally aspirated 1.6-liter 105-horsepower engines for the Russians. Consumption of gasoline versions does not exceed 5 liters. Diesel engines consume approximately 3.1 liters for every 100 kilometers. The motors received a start / stop system, and also meet the most stringent European environmental standards Euro-6.


The connecting link between the engine and the wheels are 5- or 6-speed manual gearboxes. They also provided a 7-band DSG robotic box for expensive versions. Models with 1.6-liter atmospheric “engines” work only with a 6-speed automatic transmission.


As a basis, the Czechs decided to use the PQ26 platform, which is a deep modernization of the previous generation hatchback. The wheels mounted in front have an independent suspension with McPherson struts, and the rear wheels received a semi-independent suspension based on a torsion beam.

The brake system of the generation has ventilated disc brakes at the front and standard drum-type brakes at the rear. The machine is easily controlled with the help of a rack and pinion steering mechanism, which received an electro-hydraulic amplifier.


Specialists of the company paid a lot of attention to the topic of security. The new Skoda Fabia 3 received such electronic security systems as ESC, ABS, EBV, MSR. As a separate option, you can install the technology of automatic braking in city traffic, a technology that controls driver fatigue.

In addition, six airbags can be installed in the car. Skoda Fabia 3 passed the Euro-NCAP crash test, which resulted in 5 stars, which is a good result. Therefore, this car can be safely advised for the purchase of family people.


Inside, the Skoda Fabia 2 is quite roomy, despite the fact that outwardly it looks somewhat small, more compact. There is enough space in the cabin to accommodate four adults and one child. At the same time, a person with a height of eighty meters will be quite comfortable to sit in place, behind a driver with about the same height.

Cabin comfort has a negative effect on

The comfort of the cabin negatively affects the size of the trunk, which is quite small in a hatchback. For trips around the city and everyday needs, it will be enough, but for family trips on vacation with a lot of bags it will be small. But this is not reflected at all in the general opinion about the car, firstly, the Fabia is not positioned as a family car, and secondly, for these purposes there is a Skoda Fabia station wagon, which has a much larger and more spacious trunk.

Since the Skoda Fabia 2 is a budget car

Since the Skoda Fabia 2 is a budget car, you should not expect anything incredible in the cabin.

The budget model of a car does not mean that the manufacturer has saved on interior decoration and the interior is made of low-quality materials. It is not full of colors and does not even have a hint of luxury. The main emphasis in the cabin is given to ergonomics. That is, while driving, the driver, without hesitation, can easily find the button or organizer he needs.


The stylish modern interior of Fabia is assembled with high quality and can be well-equipped. The dashboard in the database is represented by analog dials. The cabin is much more spacious than its predecessor. This is especially true of the stock of legroom and the width of the cabin. As an option, a 10.25-inch screen will be installed in the tidy. There are three media system options with 6.5″, 8.0″ or 9.2″ touch screens. The top version is equipped with a navigation system, Internet access, and the ability to automatically update. Complemented interior lighting – diode elements in the area of ​​the door handles. LED headlights are standard, but LED taillights are optional. For the new Fabia, they offer a large selection of rims with a diameter of 14-18 inches. A total of nine exterior colors are available.


      Machine model V, cm3 Power, kW Torque

The model of car V, cm3 power, kWt Torque
1.0 8V 997 37 84 Nm at 2750 rpm
1.2 MPI 6V 1 198 40 108 Nm at 3000 rpm
1.2 HTP 6V 1 198 40 108 Nm at 3000 rpm
1.2 HTP 12V 1 198 47 112 Nm at 3000 rpm
1.4 MPI 1 397 44 118 Nm at 2600 rpm
1.4 MPI 1 397 50 120 Nm at 2500 rpm
1.4 16V 1 390 55 126 Nm at 3800 rpm
1.4 16V 1 390 59 132 Nm at 3800 rpm
1.4 16V 1 390 74 126 Nm at 4400 rpm
2.0 8V 1984 88 174 Nm at 2400 rpm
2.0 8V 1984 85 170 Nm at 2400 rpm
1.4 TDI 6V 1422 51 155 Nm at 1600-2800 rpm
1.4 TDI 6V 1422 55 195 Nm at 2200 rpm
1.4 TDI 6V 1422 59 195 Nm at 2200 rpm
1.9 SDI 8V 1 896 47 125 Nm at 1600-2800 rpm
1.9 TDI PD 8V 1 896 74 240 Nm at 1800-2400 rpm
1.9 TDI PD 8V vRS 1 896 96 310 Nm at 1900 rpm


All Fabias are basically equipped with 5 speed “Mechanics”, automatic transmission on this model is rare. In the sports version of the Fabia RS, 6-st. Manual, she was paired with a diesel 1.9 l. Machines were completed with automatic transmission with 16-valve 75 hp ICE volume 1.4 l.

All types of gearboxes are reliable, they rarely fail, but the clutch on the “mechanics” does not “live” for a long time, it may need to be replaced already after 50-60 thousand km. But the clutch fails prematurely not so often, the drivers themselves are mainly to blame – a sharp start with axle box drastically reduces the life of the disc and clutch basket.