Skoda Fabia Estate (2015 -) Safety & Reliability

Review by Gareth Evans on
Last Updated: 17 Apr 2015
It’s difficult to imagine a better car for a young family than the Skoda Fabia Estate. It’s practical, cheap to run, easy to drive and crammed full of useful features that are sure to make life easier.

5 out of 5



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There’s a lot of safety kit on the Fabia, and even more available as an optional extra. With a five-star result from crash-testing by EuroNCAP, we’d be fairly confident about Skoda Fabia Estate safety levels.

You get six airbags as standard and two ISOFIX child seat mounting points in the back. There’s a tyre pressure monitoring system, front and rear seatbelt warning lights, remote central locking and a safety programme which prevents the car being unlocked from inside.

Moving up to SE trim also nets you an alarm, while top-spec SE-L cars also get automatic lights and cruise control.

Optional safety kit includes low-speed automatic braking (Front Assistant), a third rear headrest and hill-hold control for DSG models only.

4.5 out of 5


Since it’s based on the Volkswagen Polo and uses a selection of parts from the Volkswagen Group, you can expect Skoda Fabia Estate reliability to be top-drawer. All of the engines and gearboxes have seen service elsewhere without any problems reported, so there’s no reason to think this is going to be an unreliable vehicle.

While the interior plastics are notable for their lesser quality, they’re harder too so should be more difficult to damage.

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