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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

    Philip Rutherford , Tyne and Wear . Date: 25/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned this car now for 3 and a half years, most of which have been pleasurable. It is quick. It feels quicker than the quoted figures would suggest especially with impressive mid range torque. It is also a real Q car, which suprises boy racers on numerous occasions when you leave them standing at the lights or roundabout. The handling is ok if the suspension is a little on the harsh side. But that's to be expected of a hottish hatch. However, the car has faults. Like many other reviews I had problems with fogging headlamps. Luckily they dried out and I've had no problems for over 2 years now. Most annoyingly though has been the constant sight of the engine management warning light on the dash. It's been 'fixed' numerous times under warranty but lasted only about a day the last time 'fixed' out of warranty. It's still on now but performance has never been affected so i'm just going to leave it now! The dash plastics also scuff really easily and the fake metal paint on the gear knob has come off. Overall, it is a very good car that I will probably keep for about another 6-8 months, because it's still fun and quick (and I'm skint saving for a wedding!). My next car however, may be the new Ibiza as it looks fab, or maybe the Leon FR.

  • 1.9 TDI FR 3dr

    Adrian Martin , Lancashire . Date: 06/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 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

    I've owned this car now for just over 3 years and it’s now wearing me down

    First the good Fuel economy is great for such a powerful car at about 45 - 55 mpg on bog standard diesel It’s got exciting performance and handling from a 130bhp TDi. I don't mind the engine noise as it adds to the experience and the injection has a nice 'whoosh' on hot summer days driving in the countryside. Trim and spec is good with hardly any extras to buy. The styling is great and is a real headturner.

    Now the bad The headlights mist up with condensation - I have done research into this and IT IS a common problem with SEAT cars across the range. I have had both front headlights replaced twice, the brake light and the rear light cluster replaced once. The fronts still condense so I have had to drill holes in the lamp casing to release moisture. It's madness and spoils the cosmetic value of a great looking car aside from anything else.

    It's going rusty just after 3 years on the interior door sill!! I am still arguing with SEAT about this. The key fob and key failed after 18 months so I had to get another one. One of the heating elements has failed on the rear window! The brakes squeal and it drives me mad. The drier the weather the worse it is.

    All in all the bad outweighs the good, and the next car I get will not be a SEAT of any kind, despite the performance. It's a shame and case of 'Nice engine - shame about the car'

  • 1.2 12v 3dr

    Suzy Mills , Bedfordshire . Date: 01/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 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

    My car

    I have tried SO hard to like my car. I bought it from new (52 reg) and I have had problem after problem after problem and thrown an awful lot of money at it. The worst problem is the EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) valve. It has been replaced 4 times in the 6 years I've had the car. Each time it's replaced it costs around £200. I have tried contacting Seat to complain but they are just not interested. I've also had all 3 ignition coils go on me and major problems with the suspension. I dread to think how many hundreds, if not thousands of pounds this car has cost me. My only wish is that I had enough money to ditch the thing and get something else.

  • 1.9 TDi Sport 3dr

    Cal Roberts Date: 19/02/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    First of all, I will mention the good stuff.

    This car is great, goes well and will keep up with most things upto 200bhp. Which is really suprising for a small diesel. I dont race alot, but I have kept up with a clio 197, BMW 325i, Carrado VR6 and many other 'fast' cars.

    The car will acheive 58mpg if driven carefully but I usually avg. 44mpg around town and on a run mixed. The car is quite, smooth, powerfull and really progressive in any gear and will put a smile on any ones face.

    Now for the bad stuff.... :-(

    I'v owned the car since oct 07. It has been great and is now all sorted (touch wood)

    But...

    The dashboard ECU lost its coding so needed replacing because the immobilser was makoing the car stall.

    Cost: £400

    Key lost coding. New key + Coding

    Cost: £140

    Rear bushes on front suspension, CV boot, few other things in that area

    Cost: £350

    Thats over a grand in repairs which is not good, but i got the car for like £800 less than book so its not bad...

    With all this sorted the car is sound. the key & dash done together and the bushes , mot etc done together.

    Tyres are a problem as you seem to get 12k max out of the fronts.

    Pair = £120

    Also, 10,000 MILES SERVICE! This is very close and is PRICEY. most cars hav an interval of like 18k so this is nearly half of this. Each service avg. £200.

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