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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 29 Seat Ibiza versions available

Hatchback 1.2 12v 70 S A/C 3dr £11,410
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 12v 70 S A/C 5dr £11,960
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 85 SE 3dr £12,545
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 85 Toca 3dr £12,870
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 85 SE 5dr £13,095
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TDI 75 S A/C 3dr £13,305
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 85 Toca 5dr £13,420
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TDI 75 S A/C Ecomotive 3dr £13,830
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TDI 75 S A/C 5dr £13,855
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 SE DSG 3dr £14,185
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 FR 3dr £14,190
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TDI 75 SE Ecomotive 3dr £14,360
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TDI 75 S A/C Ecomotive 5dr £14,380
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 SE DSG 5dr £14,735
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 FR 5dr £14,740
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TDI 75 SE Ecomotive 5dr £14,910
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 SE 3dr £14,910
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 FR DSG 3dr £15,285
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 SE 5dr £15,460
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 140 ACT FR 3dr £15,495
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 FR DSG 5dr £15,835
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 FR 3dr £15,910
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 140 ACT FR 5dr £16,045
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 140 ACT FR Edition 3dr £16,110
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 FR 5dr £16,460
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 140 ACT FR Edition 5dr £16,660
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 143 FR 3dr £17,085
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 143 FR 5dr £17,635
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 180 Cupra DSG 3dr £18,980
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.

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

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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