For The Cupra packs plenty of straight-line punch and it’s also a decent motorway cruiser. By hot hatch standards, wind and road noise are well isolated.

Against The suspension feels rather jittery on less than perfect surfaces, while the steering lacks the kind of feel that’s essential to drive quickly with confidence.

Seat Ibiza Hatchback

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2 out of 5 stars

The Cupra feels far more grown up than a Mini Cooper S but it’s not nearly as much fun.

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Key facts

6.9 secs
Top speed
142 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
474 miles
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Target Price team says:

The attraction of Seat’s supermini centres on its good looks, keen pricing, low running costs, a decent amount of safety kit and relatively generous specifications. Yet you can expect to get a great discount if you haggle the price with the dealer.

There's a wide range of petrol and diesel engines for Ibiza buyers to pick, from the three-cylinder petrols to the sporty 2.0-litre diesel. There are different suspension set-ups to choose from, too, but the Ibiza just isn’t as fun to drive as rivals such as the Ford Fiesta.

We'd go for the 1.4 TSI 140 in sporty FR trim because it's quick, economical and well equipped.

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