Used SEAT Arosa (1997 - 2004) Safety & Reliability

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 05 Jun 2014
3.5
For those looking for a value-for-money town car, there can be few models better than the Arosa. It shares its looks - and most parts - with the more expensive VW Lupo.

1.5 out of 5

Safety

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The basic structure is strong, but you only get passenger airbags, side airbags and ABS on the top-of-range 1.4 Sport. All models have deadlocks, but not much else.

3 out of 5

Reliability

Mechanically it'll be sound, but SEAT interior trim doesn't have the same quality or longevity as parent company VW. Give everything a tug if buying used.

Car check problem points

Body

Large doors are prone to knocks.

Engine/Gearbox

Noisy engine on 1.0 MPi, sticking clutch cable, 1.4i Auto can feel hesitant when cold.

Other

Ineffective rear wiper, optional ABS can feel a bit sudden.