Seat Ibiza review

Category: Small car

Section: Costs & verdict

Seat Ibiza 2021 interior infotainment
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 front cornering
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 rear cornering
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 interior dashboard
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 interior rear seats
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 interior front seats
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 interior infotainment
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 front right tracking
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 front cornering
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 rear right tracking
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 right tracking
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 right static
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 rear right static
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 headlight detail
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 rear lights detail
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 interior front seats
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 interior driver display
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 interior detail
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 interior detail
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 boot open
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 front cornering
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 rear cornering
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 interior dashboard
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 interior rear seats
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 interior front seats
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 interior infotainment
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 front right tracking
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 front cornering
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 rear right tracking
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 right tracking
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 right static
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 rear right static
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 headlight detail
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 rear lights detail
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 interior front seats
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 interior driver display
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 interior detail
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 interior detail
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

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.

Seat Ibiza 2021 interior infotainment

Reliability

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.

Overview

The Seat Ibiza is one of the best small cars you can buy thanks to its tidy handling, roomy interior and low running costs. Go for the 1.0 TSI 95 engine and SE Technology or FR trim to get the best value for money.

  • Great to drive
  • Remarkably spacious
  • Strong TSI petrol engines
  • Lots of road noise
  • Resale values could be better
  • Below-par reliability
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