New Hyundai i20 vs Seat Ibiza

Hyundai has given its i20 more standard safety and infotainment features in an attempt to trouble the standard-setting Seat Ibiza...

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7 Sep 2017 6:0 | Last updated: 25 Sep 2018 11:53

Our verdict

The Hyundai i20 has always been a well-rounded small hatchback with no major weaknesses, but it turns out that it needed more than a few simple styling tweaks and infotainment updates for it to leapfrog its way to the top of the class. Indeed, aside from ride comfort and cruising refinement, the Ibiza is superior in almost every way.

But that shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. The Ibiza won our 2018 Small Car of the Year award thanks to its excellent handling, practicality and running costs. It’s far from uncomfortable in sporty FR trim, but it is worth considering the cheaper SE if you want a truly supple ride.

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1st – Seat Ibiza

New Hyundai i20 vs Seat Ibiza

For More fun to drive; better performance; cheaper to buy and own; bigger boot

Against Firmer ride; fractionally noisier on the motorway; less head room

Rated 5 out of 5

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2nd – Hyundai i20

New Hyundai i20 vs Seat Ibiza

For Better low-speed ride; more standard kit; less engine and tyre noise; longer warranty

Against More expensive to buy and own; bland interior; uninspiring to drive

Rated 4 out of 5

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Specifications: Hyundai i20 1.0 T-GDi 100 Premium Nav 5dr

Engine 3cyl, 998cc, turbo, petrol

List price £17,145

Target Price £15,399

Power 98bhp @ 4500rpm

Torque 127lb ft @ 1500-4000rpm

Gearbox 5-spd manual

0-60mph 10.3sec

Top speed 106mph

Gov't fuel economy 61.4mpg

CO2 emissions 107g/km


Specifications: Seat Ibiza 1.0 TSI 95 FR

Engine size 3cyl, 999cc, turbo, petrol

List price £17,235

Target Price £14,208

Power 94bhp @ 5000-5500rpm

Torque 129lb ft @ 1500-3500rpm

Gearbox 5-spd manual

0-60mph 10.0sec

Top speed 113mph

Gov't fuel economy 60.1mpg

True MPG 54.0mpg

CO2 emissions 106g/km

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