What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For The Cordoba's styling is smart, its engines are good and it’s well bolted together

Against Passenger space in the rear is cramped, while its saloon format lacks flexibility

Verdict The Cordoba is something of an oddball, but it's well priced and well built

Go for… 99bhp 1.9 turbodiesel Reference

Avoid… 1.4-litre petrol

Seat Cordoba Saloon
  • 1. Some of the plastics in the cabin may not be classy, but it's all well screwed together
  • 2. Check all the electrical items, such as the air-con and central locking, work okay
  • 3. This saloon lacks the practicality of an Ibiza hatcback, but the boot is almost twice as large
  • 4. Check diesel engines for clouds of black smoke from the exhaust under heavy revs
  • 5. On your test drive, put the suspension and steering through their paces, as they can wear
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