Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
As a cash buy, the entry-level Seat Ibiza comes in at around the same price as the equivalent Ford Fiesta, slightly cheaper than a like-for-like Volkswagen Polo and much cheaper than a Honda Jazz or Toyota Yaris. Meanwhile, resale values are respectable rather than outstanding.
If you're buying on PCP finance, as the vast majority of small-car buyers do, the Ibiza offers very competitive monthly repayments, although the Fabia is usually cheaper still. Insurance and servicing bills are very competitive by class standards, too.
If you don’t want the sporty look and feel of the FR models, you can opt for Xcellence trim, which gets you keyless entry and faux-suede seat upholstery. There’s also the range-topping Xcellence Lux that brings adaptive cruise control and the extra visibility aids we mentioned earlier. Again, though, it’s too pricey to make financial sense.
The Ibiza didn’t fare too well in our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey, coming 15th out of 17 small cars. Indeed, the only cars that were reported to be less dependable were the closely-related Polo and the Fiesta.
Seat as a brand did better, ranking 17th out of 30 manufacturers in the overall league table. That's below Hyundai, Kia, Mini and Skoda, but above Nissan, Peugeot and Volkswagen.