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What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For Smart-looking, fun to drive, sharp handling

Against Limited rear cabin space, firm low-speed ride.

Verdict Our Car of the Year in 2003 and Supermini of the Year three times.

Go for… 1.2-litre 12v SE 5dr

Avoid… 100bhp 1.9-litre TDi diesel

Seat Ibiza Hatchback
  • 1. There's plenty of space for the driver, and a good range of adjustment on the seat and steering wheel
  • 2. Kerbing can damage the suspension, but you can spot potential problems by uneven wear on the tyres
  • 3. With our favourite 1.2 engine, you can expect fuel economy approaching 50mpg
  • 4. Reliability is generally good. Check for electrical or transmission problems, though
  • 5. Boot space is par for the course for a supermini
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