In the world of international football, Barcelona has earned an enviable reputation of being a tough team to beat. It seems that there’s something in the Catalonian water, because local firm Seat can count itself among the highest profile European brands, as the Seat Ibiza amply demonstrates.
The Ibiza has been carving itself a niche over five generations, and has become a big hit among those looking for sharp style, driving fun and value for money. It’s a capable rival to the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and Renault Clio, and benefits from technology shared by the Audi A1, Skoda Fabia and Volkswagen Polo.
That technology includes a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, feature-packed infotainment and an automatic emergency braking (AEB), and no Ibiza is found wanting when it comes to standard equipment. You’re bound to find a trim level to suit, from the entry-level SE through the sporty FR, to the more luxurious Xcellence. Alternatively, if you fancy a bit of SUV style, you can plump for the Ibiza-based Seat Arona.
With five doors and a big boot on every Ibiza, it offers a spacious alternative to the bigger Seat Leon while still competing with small car rivals when it comes to running costs. But what, exactly, sets it apart from the competition?
In our in-depth review we’ll tell you what it’s like to drive, how it looks after passengers, and how it’ll treat your wallet. We’ll also run through all the trim levels and engine choices.
And if you decide on a new Ibiza, or any other car for that matter, be sure to visit our New Car Buying pages – you’ll find a great deal without the effort of haggling.