This may be a good value for money car but remember you get what you pay for!
I have found Seat customer care to be appalling! My Seat SX has suffered from condensation with the headlights to such a degree that the whole headlight lens is fogged up. Seat states that misting of the headlights is a "natural phenomenon, and is not covered by warranty".
As a result, from the age of one month, my car would fail its MOT and Seat declines to accept responsibility and rectify the fault. The dealers empathise with my situation, and say that there are many other owners of the Ibiza who experience the same problem.
So sometimes in life, it’s worth spending that little bit more and getting a quality product, with good after-sales care. Sorry, but Seat after sales care get a thumbs down from me.
I owned a 02, 1.2 S before I bought the Ibiza Sport 1.4 16v and the most notable difference between the cars is the quality and attention to detail.
Everything feels more solidly built than before.
I only bought the car today so this review is a tad early and I shall update in a month or so... but having owned two seats before (Arosa, Ibiza 1.2s and now the 1.4 16v) I doubt I'll be writing anything bad about these cars. They are a lot of fun to drive and reliable.
Another thing which is quite noticable but nice - the suspension is softer.
The only down side is that they have taken the climate control OUT and put it in the SX and have put ordinary air-con in the 1.4 16v sport. What's all that about? Not good.
The ride is a bit firm, it's a little noisy on rough roads but brill through the twisty bits.
It likes to be reved and to make use of the gearbox. I had the car from new and test drove loads of cars. The Ibiza looks the best.
This is my first small hatchback car after years of driving 2.0-litre motorway commuter saloons. I write this after 8-9 months of ownership.
For a 1.2 engine, this car has decent acceleration from standing starts and also in the 40-50 to 70 mph range. It's a comfortable enough cruiser on motorways, and small enough to make town driving fun (far better than driving big saloon 'tanks' in towns, carparks, etc)
I went for it after driving a new VW Polo on holiday. This is basically the same car but better packaged.
Space is fine in the front, but a bit tight in the back if those in the front seats have long legs. Styling is nice and sporty.
Boot space is good and the fold-down back seats are as easy to deal with as the What Car video review suggests.
The seats are comfy, have decent lumbar support and have a sporty feel. If you are tall (5' 11'' plus), the height-adjustable front seats are a must.
One down-side I can think of the the central locking system. If you take too long loading the car, the doors auto-lock themselves, so you have to unlock the car again before you can get in.
The doors also auto-lock themselves when you start driving. But, when you stop, only the driver's door auto-unlocks. You have to manually unlock the passenger doors, which can be really annoying.
Climate-control seems excellent.
Overall, I rate this car highly. It does all that I expect a small hatchback to do, and is fun to drive. There are no problems to report date.
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