Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
True, the Seat Ibiza does look fairly expensive compared with rivals such as the Skoda Fabia, but then it will hold onto its value better and so be worth more when you come to sell it on in the future. It's slightly cheaper than a like-for-like Volkswagen Polo and much cheaper than a Honda Jazz or Toyota Yaris.
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. Meanwhile, insurance and servicing bills are very competitive by class standards.
So far, we've put only the 1.0 TSI 95 through our real-world True MPG tests; it averaged a seriously impressive 54.0mpg.
Equipment, options and extras
Entry-level SE gets a good list of kit as standard, such as electric door mirrors, automatic headlights, metallic paint and the 6.5in infotainment system we mentioned earlier. Moving up to SE Technology adds only the more sophisticated 8.0in infotainment system and larger 16in alloys.
For that reason, our favourite trim is FR. As well as 17in alloy wheels, this trim gains you a more aggressive-looking bodykit, climate control, LED headlights, cruise control and rain-sensing windscreen wipers. You also get the sports suspension mentioned earlier, while FR Sport spec adds 18in alloys and digital instrument dials.
If you don’t want the sporty look and feel of the FR models, you can opt for Xcellence trim, which also includes the DAB radio and cruise control but keyless entry and faux-seat upholstery. There’s also range-topping Xcellence Lux option that brings adaptive cruise control, but this is very expensive.
The Ibiza was found to be fairly average on the reliability front in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey. It was more dependable than the Fiesta and Polo, but the Fabia and Suzuki Swift suffered fewer faults.
The standard warranty period is three years or 60,000 miles, although this can be extended for a fee to four years/75,000 miles or five years/90,000 miles. It’s worth bearing in mind that Hyundai and Toyota offer five-year warranties as standard, while the standard Kia warranty covers you for seven years.
Safety and security
All versions of the Ibiza come with six airbags, tyre pressure monitoring and an automatic emergency braking system (AEB) to reduce the risk of colliding with obstacles in the road ahead. All of this helped the Ibiza score the full five stars (out of five) in its Euro NCAP crash test, with particularly strong scores for adult occupancy protection and pedestrian safety.
An alarm is standard on FR trim and above, as is a tiredness recognition system that will alert you if it thinks you’re becoming too drowsy to drive. However, it's slightly disappointing that there's no option to add blind spot monitoring or traffic sign recognition.
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