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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.
  • 1.8T FR 3dr

    Greg Ayres Date: 19/06/2005
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Despite reading some reviews in various magazines suggesting the FR was not as good as, for example, the Fiesta or Clio "hottish" models, I decided to go ahead with buying a new Seat.

    Although I was keen to have a car that was fun to drive, I do high mileages, and practicality was important as well.

    Having now had the car for three weeks, I am delighted. 2,000 miles down the line, I find the car comfortable, and the VW build quality which first attracted me is constantly evident.

    I paid £12,500 including metallic paint, cruise control and rain sensor/anti-dazzle mirror, and I got three years 0% credit. I must admit to getting a bit of a smug feeling when I pull up next to a Golf GTI! I'm not claiming the Ibiza is quite a match for that car, but I'm sure the Golf isn't worth £8000 more.

    If you can resist the urge to drive everywhere with the needle at the red line (which can be hard), you should see 32 mpg on mixed and relatively enthusiastic driving.

    Dealer was very helpful, and the car was completely faultless on delivery.

    Just one minor moan: How can Seat possibly justify taking over £12,000 off you for a car, and then only give you one "blipper" key. A duplicate will cost me £80 apparently. If you are thinking of buying one now, I'd negociate a spare remote with the dealer before signing on the dotted line!

  • 1.9 TDI SX 3dr

    Adam Tovey , Middlesbrough . Date: 06/06/2005
    • 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

    Although my Ibiza is the 100bhp 1.9 TDI model, it is a Sport rather than SX model. This means that it has 16-inch wheels and sports seats, but does with normal air-con instead of climate control.

    My only real complaint is that the interior plastics seem like they will scratch easily, and perhaps the engine is not as super smooth as other more modern diesels. However, the engine has bags of torque (177lb ft). Thus, for overtaking and driving up long, steep hills, it is superb. The gearchange is also very good, and the steering as well.

    I had read before buying the car that the ride is very firm, but its actually pretty good, a lot better than the Corsa SXi I had previously. The driving position is also excellent, easily the most comfortable I've come across, as the pedals are well spaced, and the steering wheel adjusts for reach and rake.

    The sports seats, are firm but they are very comfortable too, a lot better than the rock-hard sports seats in the Corsa SXi (which gave me bad back ache on a long journey).

    The car also looks very smart and youthful, a lot funkier than the Polo and Fabia with which it shares its platform. The interior is also very smartly designed, a lot better than the very staid Fiesta for example. A Fabia with the same engine costs several hundred pounds more, and a Polo 1.9 TDI sport with the exact same spec costs over a lot more for essentially the same car. So it's good value, well made and excellent to drive.

  • 1.4 16v SX 5dr

    Dean Oni , England . Date: 02/06/2005
    • 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 owned the Seat Ibiza 1.4 SE for just over a month and I must say I am very, very happy with my purchase.

    The first thing that drew my attention to it was the design and look - modern, cool and sporty looking.

    Seats had been viewed rather negatively in previous years as being a cheap option. However, ever since having been taken over by VW, wow, what a change.

    You get so much more in terms of extras: electric windows, air-con - in the SE and SX there is climate control (which is great), and a CD as standard. In comparing a new Ibiza to a new Polo, it is amazing how much of a difference there is. VW Policy states Seats have to be sportier and it shows.

    There is more of a grunt to the engine, handling is excellent... no it's superb. The Ibiza is bigger than the Polo and, once you've owned one, you'll be shocked at how much more money Polo's are being sold for - and all due to a badge!

    The Ibiza ride is quiet, smooth and solid. At speed on the motorway, the noise level is very good. A downside is a slightly plasticky interior but there is generally all-round good quality. Aftersales service from Seat has been good, although a bit slow to follow up.

    This is a great car which with prove itself to any driver if questioned, and it has a unique image. (Let's face it, you see so many Polos around these days!) This feisty hot-blooded Spaniard adds some spice to the road!

  • 1.2 12v SX 3dr

    Michael Stokes Date: 24/05/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car is pretty amazing! I've been after a car for a while now and initially was after a used Ibiza, but when I saw the price of a new SX I jumped at the chance. All I paid was £8060, the extra £60 for the MP3 CD player and multi-functional steering wheel (well worth the money).

    On the road, this car handles like a dream, so much better than my 1.1 H reg Fiesta. I can actually corner in my seat without the passenger flying over to my side! The features are top notch, so many gadgets to play with!

    For a small engine it's very quick and can cope with city driving as easily as a long motorway trip. Smooth gear changes and a purring engine add to the sporty feel of the Ibiza. Its safety features are brilliant too, with driver and passenger airbags.

    The car tells you when anything is wrong, for example low fuel, if you have left your indicator on, when the engine's off - so many litte things that add up to a class act of a car.

    Climatronic air-con is awesome, set the temperature you want and let the car achieve it either through air-con or basic fans to save on fuel. Overall, this car is perfect for a young driver like me, with decent insurance and tax too.

    It has stylish toys and is very easy to drive, it takes so little effort when I have been used to driving my old Fiesta with no power steering for so long! If you want a supermini I suggest this is it, its value for money out does any other cars in its class.

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