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2017 Seat Ibiza 1.5 TSI 150 Evo FR - verdict

The Seat Ibiza 1.5 TSI 150 Evo FR sticks a relatively big, turbocharged petrol engine in a small car, but it's not a hot hatch. However, we've driven it in the UK and think it's not far off one

Words By John Howell

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2017 Seat Ibiza 1.5 TSI 150 Evo FR

If you’re in the market for a fun and reasonably priced small hot hatchback, we have some bad news: right now, your options are limited. Currently there’s no Ford Fiesta ST on sale, nor a Suzuki Swift Sport. What is out there – the Vauxhall Corsa VXR, for example – isn’t very good.

With that in mind, if you’re looking for cheap thrills, we’d point you towards this Ibiza 1.5. True, it isn’t a proper hot hatch, but it’s decently quick, a hoot to drive and looks the part. At Β£18,000, it’s good value, too, comes stacked with kit and, thanks to CO2 emissions of 112g/km and claimed average fuel consumption of 57.6mpg, won’t cost the earth to run.

In fact, other than the similarly excellent Fiesta 1.0 140 ST-Line, we can’t think of many reasons not to recommend it.

Read our full Seat Ibiza review here.

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Price Β£17,680 Engine 4cyl, 1498cc, turbo, petrol Power 148bhp at 5000-6000rpm Torque 184lb ft at 1500-3500rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual 0-62mph 7.9sec Top speed 134mph Official economy 57.6mpg CO2, tax band 112g/km, 21%

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