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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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88 reader reviews for Seat Ibiza Hatchback.
  • 1.9 TDI SX 3dr

    Walter Brooks , Herefordshire . Date: 08/12/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had this car from September 2002. It should be an enjoyable car, given its power and refinement, but for me it has been a pain in the neck.

    The local Seat dealer has not been able to sort out the two very minor faults identified when the car was purchased and, during the past two years, the list of faults has been added to each time the car has gone in for service.

    In the summer, I was advised by the dealer that there was nothing else they could do and I was told I would have to get in touch with Seat UK. This I did, with the result that I now have yet another body to talk to, but all Seat's representative does is to pass on messages from the local dealer, telling me what they are going to do next.

    Given that they are doing whatever it is because I have already discussed it with them, the Seat representative's input is redundant. Certainly, there appears to be no pressure being applied to the dealer by Seat.

    In summary, what should be a good car is let down by absolutely lousy after-sales service by both the dealer and Seat.

  • 1.9 TDI FR 3dr

    mark doggett , lancashire . Date: 07/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is my first diesel and what can I say... well it’s an excellent and very solid car!

    It pulls in all gears (229 lb ft@1900 rpm) and with the acceleration available you can get it to 70mph+ in no time at all smoothly finding its way through the six speed box and finally cruising at 70mph at somewhere about 2200rpm!

    I personally bought the Emocion Red finish on the car and it is superbly set off by the alloys and titanium door mirrors.

    Internally the space available is comparable to my old Focus only giving up something in length and hence boot space.

    The finish is solid and the circular FR specific air vents set of the well organized dash and steering layout.

    The sports seats stick to you like they should and keep you well positioned when throwing the car round corners.

    The only two areas within the interior I would criticize are the plastic handles that tilt the front seats forward for rear access are a bit on the flimsy side and also the plastic surround to the hand brake looks a bit dull and uninspiring.

    All in all an excellent little car that has it in all the right places to make the overall riding and owning experience thoroughly enjoyable.

    Can't see myself returning to petrol after this!

  • 1.9 TDI Cupra 160 3dr

    Ross King , Suffolk . Date: 27/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    When I was first told that Seat were doing the Ibiza Cupra as a diesel I was very surprised, I thought it would look different to the petrol version and be another diesel claiming to be 'fast'. When I first saw the Cupra in the flesh I was very pleasantly surprised, so much so I bought one.

    This is not a diesel trying to be as fast as any petrol rivals on the road. This diesel laughs at the petrol versions of most sports cars on the road. Whilst the Ibiza sits happily on any motorway (doing 70mph of course) at around 50-60mpg in 6th gear, it's a comfortable ride. There is a small amount of road noise to be heard but that adds to the drive.

    It doesn't disappoint on the country roads either with superb road holding it handles superbly.

    If you have seen the Ibiza Cupras on the road, look at the grin on the face of the drivers, they really are a fun, fast, yet economical car. I strongly suggest a test drive to fully appreciate the 160bhp and around 240lb ft of torque this little sports car has to offer.

    If you pass one on the road, look out for the grin!

  • 1.9 TDI FR 3dr

    Francis Reynolds Date: 23/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    It's a monster!!

    Sharp handling and swift acceleration combine for an enjoyable driving experience. The over all level of quality is impressive.

    The FR is well equipped and the controls are positioned in a logical order, although the stereo is awkward and the volume knob is too slender. The sports seats cosset its occupants in comfort and style.

    It is stable at speed and grips tightly around corners. It is an elegant and timeless design and is better looking than its rivals.

    However, the central locking system is awkward. It is also disappointing that a car of this price is not equipped with the 'sword' key that unfolds.

    Instead it has a standard key, of the drilling holes in pockets variety.

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