Used Skoda Fabia Saloon (2001 - 2005) Safety & Reliability

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 19 Jun 2014
Brits don't really like small saloons, so the booted Fabia isn't a common sight on our roads. Good new for the used buyer, as values are generally lower than the value-packed hatchback.

3.5 out of 5



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  • Adult Occupant Rating

    4 out of 5
  • Pedestrian Test Rating

    2 out of 5

The four-star Euro NCAP safety rating is reassuring and still excellent for a supermini. Standard safety kit includes twin airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners. Immobiliser and remote central locking on all.

4 out of 5


The earliest Fabias had some reliability problems but these were resolved within the first couple of years -should now provide a high level of dependability. As ever, make sure you keep up the servicing.

Car check problem points


Minor dents and scratches.


No problems reported so far.


Make sure everything works on early cars (but then you'd make sure everything worked on any car wouldn't you?)