For The Seat Ibiza is attractively priced and smartly styled. It backs this up with competitive running costs, decent equipment and a composed ride.
Against The interior can’t match the best-in-class for quality, and room is restricted in the back of the three-door model. Some engines feel a little underpowered, and the diesel engines are noisy when revved hard.
The Seat Ibiza trails the class best in a number of areas, but overall, it’s a fairly sound buy.
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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.
However, most models get a decent amount of standard equipment that puts some manufacturers to shame, while safety features include twin front and side airbags. The Ibiza has scored a maximum five stars from Euro NCAP for crash protection.
The 1.2 TSI engine is the sweet spot in the Ibiza range. This small 1.2 8v turbo charged engine is rated at 103 BHP but tests on rolling roads have…
Follow up since my review in Jan 2011. Owned car 17 months now, 12,000 miles, still think the 1.2TSi unit is a gem, averages about 42mpg mostly urban…
Just had one of these as a hire car for a weeks holiday in Cornwall and was pleasantly surprised. The ride and handling balance is very good, the…
The only negative I can think about it is that doing 80mph on the motorway and you will get nowhere near the 62mpg that is claimed (hence 4 stars),…
The Seat Ibiza 1.4 85 SE is one of the best Ibiza choices, because it’s well priced, well equipped and the engine is good in most situations