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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 FR 5dr

    Graeme Robinson , Co Fermanagh . Date: 23/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought a new TDi FR Ibiza eight months ago, and well my views vary slightly on the car. I managed to get the car for £12,000, so that was one of the main factors that helped me in deciding on the car.

    Within the first week, the car had been back to the dealership garage three times with the engine-management light coming on. But, thankfully, after the third time, they finally sorted it. I currently have just under 12,000 miles on the car and say that I know the car fairly well.

    I do find the ride comfort not up to a lot, (it's noisy and bumpy) as when driving along a number of rattles can be heard from around the car. But the 130bhp in power makes up for that. The fuel costs are low too. I have found that I can get over 600 miles to a tank of diesel, which can't be complained about!

    Overall, it's not a bad car. However, my main concern is with the Seat dealership. I can't speak for all the other dealerships, though, so they may be better.

    Anyone else considering buying the FR, I would recommend them to have a look at the Skoda Fabia vRS.

  • 1.4 16v Reference 3dr

    Peter Walker Date: 22/04/2005
    • 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

    I drive a 53-plate equivalant, bought with 8000 miles on the clock from Available Car, bought after reading What Car? and seeing how much praise they gave it - albeit in 1.2 form.

    Could it be as good as What Car said? Well, yes. The driving is excellent, whilst the handling makes the whole experience really fun. The extra power in this version comes in use on the motorway, where the ride is smooth. The pay off is a ride in town that is a bit too firm, especially in Nottingham with its obsession to traffic-calming (=driver-infuriating) measures.

    For the price, a CD, air-con and electric windows is much better than the VW or Skoda siblings I also drove. So all in all, a year after purchasing, so far, so good.

    Let's hope it keeps that way!

  • 1.4 16v Reference 3dr

    Ady Stone , cambs . Date: 22/04/2005
    • 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

    A suprisingly mature performance from such a small and nippy car. The drive is by far the best single factor when owning this vehicle. My advice is to test-drive a selection of cars you are thinking of buying (within the supermini group, etc) and without a doubt for sheer driving plaeasure and amount of car for the money you will keep coming back to the Ibiza.

    Finally the model has matured to the level the "old" VW Golf had done in the early 90s. So as it's time for the Ibiza to take centre stage, and probably for at least another five years.

  • 1.4 16v Reference 5dr

    Thomas McInnes , Glasgow . Date: 09/04/2005
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Best supermini for three consecutive years. You read all the trade hyperbole and wonder if it can really be that good. Then you drive it and realise that, yes, it can.

    Taut body control, quick-witted steering and a quick gear change mark this out as one of the best superminis to drive, snapping at the heels of the likes of Ford's nimble Fiesta.

    Having said that, it has to be said that the Ford is the more rounded car in terms of driving dynamics; the Seat's overly firm ride could deter many potential buyers, as could the din the car kicks up over broken surfaces.

    Inside, the VW Group build quality is very apparent, and the interior is a stylish and comfortable place to be. Only passengers travelling long distances in the back could have any cause to complain.

    My 1.4S comes very well equipped, with air-con, electric windows and CD player. Although standard adjustment for the driver's seat would have been very welcome.

    Overall, I think the SEAT edges ahead because it has no significant weaknesses and, as a package, is difficult to beat. Sure, there are rivals which have a more forgiving ride, and are more accommodating or better equipped, but none can come close to the SEAT's formidable blend of talents.

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