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Seat Ibiza Hatchback 02-08 review

(2002 - 2008)
Seat Ibiza Hatchback 02-08
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Which used Seat Ibiza hatchback should I buy?

The beauty of the Ibiza is that the cheapest model is probably the best. The three-cylinder 1.2-litre engine with 63bhp keeps up with traffic in- and out of town, and has low running costs.

The 74bhp 1.4-litre is worth considering, but it needs to be worked hard. Performance fans are catered for by the 150bhp FR and 178bhp Cupra models, introduced in 2004, which both have a turbocharged 1.8-litre engine.

Diesel options are the 73bhp 1.4 or the 100bhp 1.9-litre, both deliver decent pace, but are a little unrefined by today's standards. There are also FR and Cupra versions of the 1.9-litre diesel with 128bhp or 158bhp.

The range was revised (although not face-lifted) in 2004, with renamed trims. S and SX versions come with air-con (climate control on the SX), twin airbags and a CD player.

SE (later badged Stylance) adds alloys and side airbags, while the sporty FRs and Cupras also get traction control.

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Which used Seat Ibiza hatchback should I buy?

The beauty of the Ibiza is that the cheapest model is probably the best. The three-cylinder 1.2-litre engine with 63bhp keeps up with traffic in- and out of town, and has low running costs.

The 74bhp 1.4-litre is worth considering, but it needs to be worked hard. Performance fans are catered for by the 150bhp FR and 178bhp Cupra models, introduced in 2004, which both have a turbocharged 1.8-litre engine.

Diesel options are the 73bhp 1.4 or the 100bhp 1.9-litre, both deliver decent pace, but are a little unrefined by today's standards. There are also FR and Cupra versions of the 1.9-litre diesel with 128bhp or 158bhp.

The range was revised (although not face-lifted) in 2004, with renamed trims. S and SX versions come with air-con (climate control on the SX), twin airbags and a CD player.

SE (later badged Stylance) adds alloys and side airbags, while the sporty FRs and Cupras also get traction control.

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