Generally I love this car, it has the benefit of diesel, but still has excellect performace. Wind and road noise are evident, but with 205x40 tires road noise has to be expected, but has its own obvious advantages. I have few complaints about the car in general.
Unfortunately I have to agree with the other revierws, the headlights are a joke. Mine have been misted up since new and have been removed to dry them out, that lasted until the next autumn then back it came. As far as I am concerned this is a fundamental fault, my car will fail its first MOT purely on the headlamps unless I dismantle the front of my car and take them out to dry. For that reason I feel it not fit for purpose. Seat will do nothing about them but are well aware of it.
More worrying is an engine management fault which has developed after 14 months and 33,000 miles. I have been aware of something for about six months but nothing shows up on the computer, so the dealer couldn't fix it. This has now led to the car struggling to get past a reliant robin in third gear! Time will tell if Seat can fix it, but I find these phantom electrical problems to be a problem with all modern cars, and if the computer doesn't tell you how to fix it, they can't. Where has the problem solving ability gone. If it can't be fixed, my opinion of this car and Seat will plumet.
I learned to drive in an 80s BMW 316, so having the Ibiza as my second ever car was quite a shock to the system. That's a lie actually, I learnt to drive a Kubota tractor but either way the Ibiza is considerably better than both!
Firstly the handling is excellent for what seems like a large supermini. Lots of friends have commented it seems more like an Audi A3. That's not surprising considering so many parts come from the VW/Audi group – including the controls and instruments which feel well constructed. A nice feature is the red backlighting which looks great at night time.
Although I only have the 1.2 engine, if you take it to the higher end of the revs then it's really got enough oomph to deal with most situations. I don't find the fuel economy particularly bad, and I'm not someone who can be accused of saving the ozone layer.
There is enough space in the boot for most tasks, and with the seats folded forward then a small house move is possible with little hassle.
The only trouble I've ever had is the rear windscreen washer tubing came off inside the boot, which was awkward to fix but I did it myself.
The bodywork does seem quite thin and susceptible to dents but I can't compare to any similar cars, and I do have particularly annoying kids neighbouring me.
I would certainly recommend this to any young professionals looking for a good all round car on a small to medium budget, that's fun to drive and will last.
i have had four of theese cars from new i am now on a 57 plate what can i say about these cars they handle brilliant go brill and is reliable i do around trip of 80 miles a day and have never had a problem with one of the four cars this car really turns heads and suprises a few cars really like annoying suburu impreza drivers with big exausts
Having owned this car for over 2 years from new, I have to say that it has been a pleasure. A real joy to drive with a thumping engine under the bonnet. Not so good on economy - expensive to tax and fuel economy not wonderful on short trips, hence why i'm trading it in for something a bit more sensible. Only had one problem with it, front headlight unit leaked in a load of moisture, however this was covered under warranty and a new unit was promptly fitted. All in all a great car which I'm sad to see go.
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