Used SEAT Arosa (1997 - 2004) Safety & Reliability

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 05 Jun 2014
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



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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


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


Large doors are prone to knocks.


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


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