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?...
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 £2500 over an equivalent petrol model? Well, unless you plan on circumnavigating the Earth several times during your ownership of the car, probably not.
Factor in the current political climate surrounding diesel and residual values that are likely to be far lower than those of the petrol models and it really is very hard to recommend it. Even Seat has admitted that the uptake is forecasted to be minuscule, with oil-burners estimated to make up less than 3% of Ibiza sales.
If it were our money, we’d save a big chunk of cash and opt for the 1.0 TSI 95 petrol Ibiza instead. It’s punchier, still capable of excellent fuel economy and more refined to boot.
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Rated 4 out of 5
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