The Seat Ibiza is cheap to run and most models are well equipped. It’s available with a wide range of efficient engines.
The interior looks and feels cheap and refinement isn’t that good. Some rivals are more practical.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
There are a huge range of engines to choose from and all but the cheapest provide useful performance. The exception is the entry-level 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit, which labours at times. There are 1.2 TSI petrols that are usefully flexible, as well as excellent three-cylinder EcoTSI petrols and a gutsy 1.4 EcoTSI. There are three 1.4 TDI diesels – all are flexible but the lower-powered version runs out of puff a bit easily.
Ride & Handling
There’s not much wrong with the way the Ibiza drives, but many rivals offer a better mix of comfort and fun. The handling is fine and there’s decent grip, but the steering is short on feel and doesn’t have the precision of a Fiesta’s. The suspension provides decent control over bumps and through corners but it has a firm edge to it and thumps noisily at times. FR models have stiffer suspension and larger alloy wheels that provide an even less forgiving ride.
The Ibiza isn’t as refined as the closely related VW Polo or Audi A1 and many newer rivals are quieter and feel more sophisticated. The 1.2 TSI petrol engines are impressively smooth, but the three-cylinder petrol engines and all of the diesels become boomy when worked hard. Wind and road noise start to intrude at speed, and the suspension thumps rather noisily over bumps.