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The ULTIMATE Budget Hot Hatch? The Diesel Skoda Fabia vRS Review

The ULTIMATE Budget Hot Hatch? The Diesel  Skoda Fabia vRS Review
hi everybody i hope you're really going to enjoy today's video as you probably all know i am currently on the hunt for my next daily driver and one of the things that i make sure to do when i'm looking at any car is to check out its history now there are some things you can do quite easily you can check mot records you can speak to the sellout about the service history but many cars out there do have something of a hidden past and that's where my friends at car vertical come in you see car vertical is a super powered search for car history that works across a number of databases all over europe so unlike some other searches that you may use this will tell you a lot more about the car than you may have thought it would be possible to know a car vertical report is also a very handy thing to have if you're selling a car as well because it might give the next buyer that added peace of mind that they really want more than that i've managed to angle a 10 discount for you all so if you want to take advantage of that and find out just a little bit more about what they can do for you please follow my link in the description down below enjoy the video hello everybody here on the channel there are a few different types of vehicle that i really love to

review

you've got bargain barges because they're utterly and totally luxurious wafty comfortable and also quite accessible which means i often find myself looking at autotrader long after i have

review

ed it...
the ultimate budget hot hatch the diesel skoda fabia vrs review
i then on occasion drive a classic and i love doing those because nobody really gets angry at you when you drive a nice old classic car up and down the road a dozen times to get you drive by shots and it doesn't really matter if the roads aren't ideal either because with a lot of classics you thrash the bejesus out of them and you're still only just about be doing the speed limit but perhaps one of the most important playlists on my channel is the cool cars for young people vehicles which are likely to be one of the first forays into the world of the exciting motor car but keeping

budget

very much in mind and today's car is a prime example of that because i am driving edwards first generation

skoda

fabia

vrs now this was a particularly important car and very much of the time because it was one of the early attempts at making a

diesel

hot

hatch

in fact it was one of the first hot

hatch

es available exclusively with a

diesel

engine this has the famous pd lump in it originally making 130 horsepower and about 310 newton meters of torque that's about 230 pound feet now that gave this car a fairly unimpressive naught to 60 time of about nine and a half seconds although contemporary publications said it was actually quite a bit quicker but with that generous talk figure a lot of places were keen to point out that in-gear acceleration was actually quite impressive beating things like the lotus 111 r and the bmw 330i the 111r i feel that's a little bit cruel...
the ultimate budget hot hatch the diesel skoda fabia vrs review
because when you're talking about in-gear acceleration times taking a car that doesn't even come on cam until 6200 rpm seems a little bit cruel i'd love to try and see one of these keep up with a 111 r rounded track or down any british b road of course these days if you want to go and pick yourself up a lotus at least 111 r you're going to need the thick end of 20 000 quid but one of these you can have for about two grand that a spicy alpine was that a 110s it had orange wing mirrors so i can't remember if that denotes that or something else but i have started to see more alpines about of late anyway today we're not talking about the alpine today we're talking about the little

skoda

this car's been brought to me by ed an irish student over here studying car design he's just about finishing up his course and i wish him all the best in his future career hopefully maybe one day we'll be able to see a car on the channel he's actually had a hand in but for now this has been one of his vehicles that gets him about yes he's a student with more than one car no not because he has rich parents but because he's very savvy and loves his cars so while he's a student as a side hustle he's been buying and selling cars he started off with a few hundred quid and now he has this

skoda

and a very nice old bmw so not quite bill gates yet but certainly enjoying life to the fullest and fair play to him i mean we don't know how much...
the ultimate budget hot hatch the diesel skoda fabia vrs review
longer we're going to be able to enjoy cars like this in fact explicitly cars like this the old evil

diesel

they may not be long for the world but on the face of it the car does an awful lot right despite being fairly small it's actually reasonably spacious inside you could get your four mates in here just about there's actually a surprisingly capacious boot too if you used to say a mini or something like that this is actually pretty good it also does about 55 to the gallon when you need it to and still delivers some performance how much we'll find it in a minute of course with any vag product that's not a vw people will always be quick to try and work out what its vw equivalent is and this is broadly similar underneath to a mark iv polo so if you want to cross shop with one of those be my guest of course it feels pretty cheap and nasty in here with loads of sort of weird vinyl type stuff very classic 15 year ago vw switches and things but it all generally seems to work there is air conditioning which works that's impressive no sunroof that's probably for the best because it only creak and rattle anyway and we have of course a couple of warning lights one is for the washer fluid that i think we could easily solve and the other is a check engine light and that is because this car has had its egr valve deleted very common thing to do on pretty much most

diesel

s of the era if you don't know what the egr valve is go and google it it's something...
that most cars tended to have a bit of a problem with it was bought entirely standard and ed was a little bit wary about doing anything to it but he wanted just a little bit more performance so he went with a very safe easy remap that shouldn't put too much stress on the turbo or the gearbox or any of the other components in the car so this car now runs 160 horsepower up from 130 and around 400 newton meters of torque that's about 295 pound foot or in other words the same as a lotus evora s with a three and a half liter supercharged v6 not so bad and it seems to pull quite well takes just a brief moment to spool up but even as low as about 1600 to 1800 rpm the car is quite happy to get things done the red line begins at just over four and a half thousand rpm some 1 500 rpm shy of when that lotus 111r would be actually starting to get things done gearbox is actually really surprisingly sweet i did not expect that it shifts pretty easily you've got six gears in here too which is not a given for the time and something quite nice to see these cars were prime candidates for young people to buy mod up drive the doors off and then sling onto ebay once they started getting a little bit sketchy that means that trying to find a fairly clean low mileage a modified example isn't that easy but the good news is when you do find a car like that it still isn't that's expensive this particular car has less than 80 000 miles on the clock and aside from a very rattly...
creaky driver's seat which i'm told is a well-known problem feels pretty good for a student's car this is exceptional i'm actually quite enjoying it you know as a plane car you know not a hot

hatch

as a plane car this is a very good vehicle fabric everywhere i'd prefer leather but that's me i get spoiled this is fine the sort of white and black contrast seats i guess lift the interior just a little bit make it feel slightly less monolithic but it's not so bad the chrome door handle and window pins just stick out like a sore thumb i believe their original fitment but they do just look a bit weird clutch is nice and easy to engage guard pulls really strongly even without any accelerator at all accelerator pedal is quite light as is the steering it's got actually a reasonable decent amount of feel to it i guess it's easy to forget this is now a nearly 20 year old car and it does just have just a little texture coming through so with decent space good fuel economy and a very reasonable price tag this makes a very compelling candidate for a good car for a young person that doesn't know make it a cool car for a young person that to me is something that's going to be decided by how it performs on a country lane so let's find out you know something as first fun cars go this is absolutely brilliant power just about right nice and talky doesn't take too long to spin up revs pretty much all the way fairly cleanly overtaking can be done...
fairly easily with just a little bit of good visibility you've got enough power to get past slow moving traffic tractors subaru forester owners that kind of thing suspension really nicely judged you've got just just a little bit of firmness so the kids think they're in something really sporty but in truth it's actually very comfortable it's really quite well composed on your classic british b road a steering isn't the quickest that probably tells you a lot more about the cars i've been driving than this one but you do have to turn the wheel just a little bit more than you might expect alfa romeo julia it is not of course this isn't the last word in driving dynamics but when you're pressing on the steering is accurate enough the chassis responds just kind of the right pace so a quick input won't unsettle it but equally you do need to be really committed to what you want to do but this means there's a car to learn basic principles of driving weight transfer smooth acceleration braking all that kind of jazz it's an excellent platform the first intro to the brake pedal doesn't really seem to do that much at all however once the brakes do engage now a little bit overzealous takes a while and then you do get used to it i'm always feeling like that steering wheel is just having to be turned about another quarter or third of a turn more than i expect so it's catching me out a little but i'm sure you get used to it you...
genuinely do forget about the fact that this is

diesel

after a little while it feels simply like it's just got a very big healthy naturally aspirated lump in it people really love these little pd engines and i can understand exactly why they're very economical and they are ludicrously durable if well cared for visibility out is pretty good too which is very important for a young person there is plenty of adjustment in the seat so everyone should be able to find a good driving position and the seats themselves are actually pretty comfy too front end grip is also

ultimate

ly limited but that's a good thing because it's the best way of slowing little johnny down before he kills himself it's not really a lift off oversteer machine or certainly doesn't feel like it anyway it seems actually pretty well set up and speak of the devil here ahead of us we have an alfa romeo giulietta a fairly hot one enjoying these lanes now to get one of those you're gonna have to spend about four or five times as much money and i gotta be honest the julieta inside quite a disappointment to drive they're very good fun but other than that a little bit rubbish this by comparison is far better value for money not as good a looking car i'll give that to the julietta but the

skoda

is quite understated and as a student that's sort of what you want you you don't want to stand out doesn't even sound that horrible either it's a little bit coarse when it's...
idling because it's a turbo

diesel

i'm so happy that ed's decided against the whole sort of modify the heck out of it make it spew black smoke everywhere type thing because that i just can't get on board with it's a real shame that

diesel

wound up going the way that it did because i don't think it was actually necessary for that to happen it's still perfectly possible to make a decent

diesel

engine which isn't actually that bad on the environment yet unfortunately the damage has been done

diesel

s are never going to be cool again i think that's probably one of the reasons that cars like this are available at such bargain prices now you know something as a daily driver i would have this over that mini i really would minis are an awful lot of fun to drive more fun than these but they're rattle boxes early ones in particular the r53 are absolutely atrocious but this this is far more practical much better on fuel still pretty quick you still have a lot of fun in this car steers really nice actually it's slow steering but it's precise you can get the traction control to light up a little bit a bit of screech from the wheels you know feel like an absolute hero behind the wheel of one of these do they have issues yes they have a few check buyers guides online for them but honestly nothing that dramatic the big thing like all cars at the stage to check out for is service history has it been well looked after does it seem to have been...
owned by somebody that actually cares about the state of the car or has it been modified and just sort of overlooked mechanically it may not be the sexiest thing to look at and i can appreciate many 20 year olds would simply turn their nose up at it and they'd have a brand spanking new one liter fiesta instead but for me this is a perfect first fun car so thanks to you all for watching big thanks to ed for bringing his car out this has been a real positive surprise and is definitely a very cool car for young people it's pretty affordable to buy to maintain and to enjoy it might not be the car that you want but it is the car that you need thanks all for watching please like comment down below subscribe if you haven't already and i'll see you for the next one bye foreign