So far we’ve only tried the Ibiza’s 113bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine. It’s more than up to the job, pulling eagerly from low revs and whisking the car up to speed surprisingly briskly if you allow the revs to build. However, the cheaper 94bhp version of the same 1.0-litre engine is likely to be an even better buy, based on our experience of it in the VW Polo.
Likewise, our experience of the entry-level 74bhp 1.0 engine in other applications (the Skoda Fabia and VW Polo) suggests it’s based avoided. This engine makes do without a turbocharger so needs to be thrashed if you want to get anywhere in a hurry.
If want extra oomph, a 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol is the most powerful engine in the Ibiza line-up.
Seat Ibiza ride comfort
We still haven’t tested the new Seat Ibiza on UK roads, but our short drive on the roads around Barcelona was enough tell this is one of the better-riding small cars on the market. Certainly, it’s more settled at low speeds than a Skoda Fabia, and it remains comfortable on the motorway where it’s as unruffled as many larger and more expensive cars.
FR models ride on stiffer sports suspension, which is likely to make journeys a bit bumpier.
Seat Ibiza handling
Perhaps the most impressive thing about the new Ibiza is how much bigger it feels than it is. We don’t mean in width, length or height; rather how grown-up and generally composed it is to drive.
Granted, a Ford Fiesta leans less through tight twists and turns, but the Ibiza far from wallowy and its steering works well both in town and at faster speeds; its light enough to make light work of town manoeuvres yet streams enough of feedback to your fingertips to let you know how well the front tyres are gripping on fast, twisting roads.
Seat Ibiza refinement
The 113bhp 1.0-litre petrol (the only engine we’ve tried so far) is quieter and smoother than the equally powerful 1.2-litre petrol motor in the Skoda Fabia. It stays that way even if you work it fairly hard.
It’s also easy to drive the Ibiza smoothly in stop-start traffic, thanks to a positive clutch pedal, a light but precise gearshift and progressive brakes.
There isn’t much wind noise in the Ibiza, even on the motorway, although you do hear quite a lot of road roar as the tyres slap against the surface of the road.
This 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine can also be found in the smaller Mii. It should offer the cheapest running costs of the petrol range, but the turbocharged versions of the same 1.0-litre engine are much punchier. With that in mind, we’d spend a little more to upgrade.
1.0 TSI 95
This engine is effectively a turbocharged version of the entry-level 1.0 MPI. We haven't tried it in the latest Ibiza, but based on our experience of this engine in the VW Polo, it's the one to go for.
Our pick 1.0 TSI 115
This engine is more than up to the job, pulling eagerly from low revs and whisking the car up to speed surprisingly briskly if you allow the revs to build. However, the cheaper 94bhp version of the same 1.0-litre engine is likely to be an even better buy based on our experience of it in the VW Polo.
The most powerful engine in the Ibiza range with a punchy 148bhp. Based on our experience of this engine in the larger VW Golf, it should be an absolutely cracker, but we've yet to try it in the Ibiza.