Skoda Fabia Hatchback (2015 -) Safety & Reliability

Review by Graeme Lambert on
Last Updated: 05 Apr 2016
4.5
Bigger, loaded with more equipment and better to drive, the new Skoda Fabia is also a few kilos lighter. While that’s normally a statement more pertinent to Supercars than Superminis, it makes the baby Skoda even more efficient.

4.5 out of 5

Safety

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At time of writing EuroNCAP are yet to test Skoda Fabia safety, but the previous model achieved four stars overall. We’d expect that Skoda is aiming for five stars with this new car though, as it uses its MQB platform and the technology it affords to pack in the safety kit on this new supermini.

As standard you’ll find every Fabia fitted with six airbags (the front passenger bag can be deactivated), tyre pressure monitoring, and an electronic stability control. Seating five there’s a pair of Isofix fittings on the rear seat (outer chairs) and a height-adjustable driver’s seat means everyone should have a good view out, regardless of stature. Multi-collision Brake ensures that the anchors are applied after an impact, should the driver be unable to react themselves, to lessen the severity of a second crash.

SE models add Front Assist and a Speed Limiter, the former warning drivers if the car detects a possible collision and absence of input from those behind the wheel, before automatically braking the car to a halt (where possible) if required. Top of the range SE-L trim come with an automatically dimming rear view mirror, cruise control, front foglights and daytime running lights too.

4 out of 5

Reliability

The engines in this car are all new, so in some ways Skoda Fabia reliability is still something of an unknown. That said, they’re used throughout the rest of the VW group range and have proved reliable so far, and all previous Fabia’s have passed through their model cycle without major complaint – we’d expect the same of the new one.

And although we are lamenting the lack of soft-touch plastics in the cabin, the more utilitarian materials used mean the cabin should be fairly hard-wearing.

Car check problem points

Body

No problems reported

Engine/Gearbox

No problems reported

Other

No problems reported