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2018 Seat Ibiza TDI 1.6 95 review - verdict

Seat’s all-new Ibiza is now available with a diesel engine, but is it worth choosing over a range of impressively economical petrol options?

Words By Neil Winn

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The Ibiza 1.6 TDI is one of the very best small diesel hatchbacks. It offers flexible performance, good fuel economy and a relatively refined driving experience. But is that worth a premium of nearly Β£2500 over an equivalent petrol Ibiza? Well, unless you plan on covering some serious mileage over the lifetime of the car, probably not.

Factor in the current political climate surrounding diesel, and residuals, which are likely to be far lower than those of the petrol models, and it really is very hard to see who should opt for the diesel. Even Seat has admitted that the uptake is forecasted to be minuscule, with oil-burners estimated to make up less than 3% of overall Ibiza sales.

If it were our money, we’d save a big chunk of money and opt for the 1.0 TSI 95 petrol model instead.

What Car? says...

Rated 4 out of 5

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Price Β£18,455 Engine 4cyl, 1598cc, diesel Power 94bhp @ 4600rpm Torque 184lb ft @ 1500-2600rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual Kerb weight na 0-62mph 11.3sec Top speed 113mph Economy 74.3mpg (official average) CO2, tax band 99g/km, 21%

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