Seat Ibiza review

Category: Small car

Section: Costs & verdict

Seat Ibiza 2021 interior infotainment
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 front cornering
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 rear cornering
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 interior dashboard
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 interior rear seats
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 interior infotainment
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 front right tracking
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 front cornering
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 rear right tracking
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 right tracking
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 right static
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 rear right static
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 headlight detail
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 rear lights detail
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 interior front seats
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 interior driver display
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 interior detail
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 interior detail
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 boot open
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 front cornering
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 rear cornering
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 interior dashboard
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 interior rear seats
  • Seat Ibiza 2021 interior infotainment
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 front right tracking
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 front cornering
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 rear right tracking
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 right tracking
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 right static
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 rear right static
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 headlight detail
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 rear lights detail
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 interior front seats
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 interior driver display
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 interior detail
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 interior detail
  • Seat Ibiza 2022 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 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 a few interior upgrades. There’s also the range-topping Xcellence Lux that brings adaptive cruise control and extra visibility aids. Again, it’s too pricey to make financial sense.

Seat Ibiza 2021 interior infotainment

Reliability

The Ibiza didn’t fare too well in our 2022 What Car? Reliability Survey, coming 12th out of 17 small cars. This put it behind the Mini Hatchback, Vauxhall Corsa, and Skoda Fabia, but ahead of the Audi A1. 

Seat as a brand did a little better, ranking 15th out of 32 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
  • Roomy by class standards
  • Strong TSI petrol engines
  • Lots of road noise
  • Resale values could be better
  • Firm ride in FR versions
New car deals
Save up to £1,998
Target Price from £17,010
Save up to £1,998
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Leasing deals
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