slimjim78 - Member
Good shout, I like the look of those.
Have driven Octavia VRS and love the concept of the extra horses, although can't help but feel I should be looking at a more frugal example of the model?
I've got the Ibiza Sport 130 TDi, which is the same car as the Fabia vRS diesel. Once it was facelifted, it became the FR TDi.
Mine does 55mpg without trying, currently getting nearer 60-62mpg and the best I have had this year is 68.8mpg over a tank. All measured, not based on the trip computer. Worst I have ever had was 46mpg, driving down to Cornwall in a bit of a hurry with two bikes on the roof and a boot full of camping gear.
Mine has been very reliable; still on it's original clutch, exhaust, turbo etc. and it's on 241k miles. It needs a cambelt every 60k miles.
Mine is on 205/46/16 wheels and I use Matador MP46 tyres. I've tried all sorts and they seem as good as any other. I get them from Camskill for £110 per pair delivered and my garage fits them for £12/tyre.
Insurance is cheap; I pay about £350 including breakdown cover.
I used to do a 120 mile commute in my Ibiza and it was fine, although the ride quality in the Fabia is better. I'm now down to 80 mile/day so can easily do a week worth of commute on one tank, plus enough for the weekend.
They also do a 100bhp version in the Ibiza (not sure about the Fabia), which is still had a bit of get-up-and-go but does feel a lot more sluggish off the line. Supposedly you'll get a few more mpg out of it.
And they do the Cupra TDi, which has 160bhp from (essentially) the same engine. It has a different intercooler (larger & mounted on the front, rather than the side), bigger injectors, bigger AP racing brakes etc. The Cupra should still do 50mpg on a run.
trail_rat - Member
whats so amaizing about the VRS diesel anyway ? they corner like a bag of shit - or is that the exciting non soul sapping part - trying to correct the understeer/nosteer that comes free with it ? or is it just the fact that the turbo makes a woosh and then you get pinned into your seat by the resulting kick.
the petrol turbo model on the other hand is fun. it actually goes round corners.
Are you talking about the Fabia or the Octavia? They didn't do an Fabia vRS petrol in the original shape; it was diesel only. And the latest Fabia vRS is petrol only, no diesel.