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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.

Seat Ibiza Hatchback
33 5stars

The Seat Ibiza trails the class best in a number of areas, but overall, it’s a fairly sound buy.

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There are 26 Seat Ibiza versions available

Hatchback 1.2 12v 60 E 3dr £10,195
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 12v 70 S A/C 3dr £11,180
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 12v 70 S A/C 5dr £11,730
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 85 SE 3dr £12,425
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 85 Toca 3dr £12,710
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 85 SE 5dr £12,975
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TDI 75 S A/C 3dr £13,055
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 85 Toca 5dr £13,260
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TDI 75 S A/C Ecomotive 3dr £13,575
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TDI 75 S A/C 5dr £13,605
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 FR 3dr £14,020
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 SE DSG 3dr £14,045
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TDI 75 S A/C Ecomotive 5dr £14,125
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TDI 75 SE Ecomotive 3dr £14,220
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 FR 5dr £14,570
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 SE DSG 5dr £14,595
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 SE 3dr £14,765
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TDI 75 SE Ecomotive 5dr £14,770
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 FR DSG 3dr £15,005
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 SE 5dr £15,315
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 FR DSG 5dr £15,555
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 FR 3dr £15,725
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 FR 5dr £16,275
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 143 FR 3dr £16,895
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 143 FR 5dr £17,445
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 180 Cupra DSG 3dr £18,770
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

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.

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.

Reader test team says:

Seat Ibiza Hatchback 2.0 TDI 143 FR 5dr

I bought the car two years ago, when it was 20 months old and had done 27,000 miles. The price was just over 60% of the new price, so I avoided the…

Douglas Kent

4 out of 5 stars

Seat Ibiza Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 SE DSG 5dr

I have driven the DSG gearbox in many other applications over the years, so choosing this car with the box made sense. The FR bodywork looks smart and…

Tom Munro

3 out of 5 stars

Seat Ibiza Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 FR 3dr

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…

Peter Farrar

5 out of 5 stars

Seat Ibiza Hatchback 1.6 16v Sport 3dr

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…

mick shaw

4 out of 5 stars
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