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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.
  • 1.2 12v S 3dr

    Rory Fire , . Date: 27/11/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      35

    My car

    Owned this car for 4 years and mainly use it for an easy commute to work. Nice to drive on the open road but the 1.2 3cyl engine can make the car a bit juddery around town.

    Main disappointment is that it's broken down 3 times due to ignition coil pack failure and that it failed its MOT at 4yrs/33K miles on several points which needed a few hundred pounds to fix. I was especially dismayed that SEAT UK (whom I called) think it's absolutely fine for things suspension bushes to wear out in that time. Well it's not fine for me and I've crossed Ibiza (and other VAG cars such as Polo and Fabia) off my shopping list now.

  • 1.9 TDI Sport 3dr

    stephen hoggarth , cumbria . Date: 22/11/2008
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      54

    My car

    Emotion red 1.9tdi 100bhp sportrider. I love my Ibiza. It's the run out model (may 08) which came with fr front and rear bumpers, fr alloys, cruise control, climate control, sports seats etc all for £10395!

    It's fast when you need it an example much more torque (180lbs) from 1800rpm in second gear than a fiesta ST which i found out one day!

    Effortless on the motorway with cruise on, build quality is first rate ive done 12k since may, 10k service was £140. Im very impressed with my first seat and it wont be the last! it also handles very well indeed...10/10

  • 1.9 TDI FR 3dr

    James Cannom , West Sussex . Date: 31/10/2008
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      52

    My car

    Owned this car from new and in 3½ yrs have clocked up 100k It averages very good MPG,comfortable cruising at national speed limit on motorways and nimble on back roads and in town, albeit a bit on the noisy side. I am still on the original rear tyres even after 100k Seat Assist very helpful when you need it (and cover for 5 years if regular main dealer servicing carried out) On down side, two failures of intercooling pipework joints failing - one replaced under warranty and one not (£135 bill plus hire car but recovery free under Seat Assist) and I have had one front spring snap. However no problems with headlamp fogging. Watch for stone chips as paint on Seat cars is legendary for being thin. Main dealers are the biggest problem - I have tried all local to home and work and they are about as good/bad as each other. Expensive service costs for size of car and £200 to slap a bit of oil in for the oil change service is a prime example of being a little bit greedy. All in all it has a bit of bad but then so does every other car on the road. You get Audi reliability at a reduced cost and residual value is still quite good. I keep a record of costs and this car has cost me 23 pence per mile - that includes depreciation, servicing (main dealer), road tax, tyres, fuel, repairs and a cambelt change. I think that is pretty good.

  • 1.2 12v 5dr

    Jonathan Tout , West Sussex . Date: 06/09/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought my Ibiza 2 1/2 years ago after my Skoda Fabia was written off as I wanted something similar but not the same. To be honest I much preferred the Fabia. The suspension is far too hard and seems to be getting worse over time (or maybe I'm getting older). The gear ratios are great when overtaking or leaving traffic lights but make smooth driving nearly at slow speeds when it is necessary to change down to 1st gear even if you're not stopping and if you try to take off in 2nd nothing happens which has never happened in any other car I have driven. I thought reliability was good as it has never left me stranded but I have had a new coil and a broken passenger window. However for the cheapest model it is well equipped with electric front windows remote central locking and air con all it lacks are electric mirrors and it does look good - I much prefer looking at it to driving it - that can't be right can it?

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