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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 3dr

    Victoria Kinehan , Buckinghamshire . Date: 25/06/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 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

    We have had this car from brand new in 03, It has never so far(Touch Wood), had anything go wrong with it.It is the neatest of the small cars, stylish looking and we always get comments from people about how nice it looks.Fair enough the suspension is a little hard but for the money you pay for it what do you expect.We managed to get Alloy wheels thrown in with the price so this makes the car look even more stylish, and if you think of all the extras you get for the price, it makes it a very worth the money car. We have only hjust had to have the Air con re-gased after having the car 3 and half years not bad.Plus i think if you look after a car it will look after you.

  • 1.4 16v Sport 3dr

    Louise B Date: 19/06/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This was the first new car I could ever afford and was made up when I drove out of the showroom in my brand new 05 model, which has beautiful looks and is a real headturner. I managed to get through one year without problems, but from then on it has been downhill. I spend more of my time sitting at the Seat dealership waiting for it to be fixed than I do driving it. So far I have had:

    A failing computer something or other in the engine which meant that the car would not start and that had to be replaced;

    The rear windscreen washer had to be replaced;

    The carpets had to be replaced after a faulty seal around the engine caused a gathering of water behind the passenger-side seat - the seal had to be fixed. The leak returned and had to be fixed again;

    The boot locked shut and would not open, so the whole boot had to be replaced.

    Last week my car was in for the whole week when an engine warning light came on - subsequently a cyclinder and head gasket had to be replaced in the engine. This week, the leak has returned, the carpet is sopping wet and my car smells like a damp sock. It is booked in for the work to be done on it next week.

    All this and the car is only 2.5 years old with less than 17,000 miles on the clock.

    It has got to the stage where driving is no longer a pleasure. I hate it and want rid of it as soon as possible!

  • 1.2 12v 3dr

    Scott Symonds Date: 11/06/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've had an Ibiza 1.2 for five years from new and have done 35,000 miles in it. The list of problems with it grows by the week: Air-con is useless. CD player broke shortly out of warranty. Rear screen washpipe has been fixed too many times to mention. Passenger side central locking FUBAR. Rubber bushes in front wishbones went. Front anti-roll bar bushes went. Timing chain and tensioner broke... ... causing inlet valve damage (replaced). Gear selector linkage broke. Various irritating squeaks and groans from the ill-fitting interior. Had it serviced the other day and the catalytic converter has broken now. Another £400 down the tubes. And that's just what I can remember off hand! That said, it's a lovely car to look at and it drives okay. But it's poorly put together with many dubious parts from what I can gather. Give the Ibiza a miss.

  • 2.0 Sport 3dr

    Craig McGill Date: 02/06/2007
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I'm now on my fourth Ibiza since the new shape was launched. My current model is the 2.0 Sport, but I've also had a 1.2, 1.4 and TDi model. Over the last few years my experience overall has been really good.

    On to the good stuff! It’s a great little car: the 2.0 engine makes it really nippy and performs well on short and long journeys. The suspension is a little firm for my liking but gives a really sporty ride. The interior I think is a matter of personal taste. I like it: it's not overpowering with spray-painted silver plastic or big buttons; instead, it's subtle, like its luxurious big brother the Audi family!

    The climate control works really well and I think the climate control over standard air-con even makes the interior look better. The sports model has sports seats which look good and a leather steering wheel and handbrake.

    In comparison to other models of similar size and spec, it’s a great little car and I love my Ibiza to bits. It's powerful, sexy, reliable, comfortable and its lines always turn heads. I just think its sort of in a class of its own when compared to Corsas, Fiestas, 206s and Puntos, it's like a more upmarket and slightly more luxurious version of its class.

    My 1.4 I had for just over 2 years and done nearly 60,000 miles in it (I like to drive!) and during that time it did me proud, never went wrong, always started in the winter mornings, had good fuel consumption and when you drive it you feel safe - if you crash, it won't collapse!

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