Used Skoda Fabia vRS (2003 - 2007) Safety & Reliability

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 06 Feb 2009
Skoda has been doing pretty well under VW's wing, launching an increasingly impressive model line-up that now challenges its parent company in terms of performance and refinement. This is their first stab at a hot hatch - the diesel-powered Fabia vRS.
3.5 out of 5



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  • Adult Occupant Rating

    4 out of 5
  • Pedestrian Test Rating

    2 out of 5

Four stars in the Euro NCAP safety test. Driver and passenger airbags, front seatbelt pre-tensioners, ABS, MSR and ASR, switchable ESP are all standard. The fuel supply cuts out in a crash, too. Security is taken care of thanks to an alarm/immobiliser, remote central locking and deadlocks.

4 out of 5


Although the early Fabia hatchbacks (non vRS) had a few teething troubles, we've heard of no problems with this version. Appears to be solidly built.

Car check problem points


Minor dents and scratches.


Check engine for lumpy idling at lower revs


Most models come with cream-coloured seats. These get dirty very easily and the headrests can get grubby quickly. A dark leather option was available from 2006.