Volkswagen Polo vs Seat Ibiza: costs

The Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen Polo are the best small cars on sale. But which should you buy?...

New Volkswagen Polo vs Seat Ibiza

Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security

While the Polo's list price undercuts the Ibiza's by almost £1300, once you've factored in our Target Price discounts it's the Ibiza that will cost cash buyers less upfront: £15,290 compared with £15,411.

The tables turn again, though, when you look at three-year costs, with the Polo cheaper thanks to smaller servicing bills and the fact it's predicted to hold onto its value slight better.

In addition, the Polo costs just £203 if you take out a three-year PCP deal with a 15% deposit and a 10,000-mile annual mileage limit, whereas the Ibiza comes in at £222.

New Volkswagen Polo vs Seat Ibiza

For the small number of people who’ll opt to run for one of these cars through work, the Polo is again the more tempting option, mainly thanks to its lower list price.

On thee other hand, you’ll enjoy more standard equipment in the Ibiza, which includes features such as automatic wipers, cruise control and electric folding mirrors that cost extra on the Polo. In fact, the only feature the Polo gets as standard that the Ibiza doesn’t is electric rear windows.

Automatic emergency braking is standard on both cars, as is an alarm and immobiliser. Security firm Thatcham rated them both as excellent at resisting being driven away and good at resisting a break-in.

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