Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Seat Ibiza hatchback?
Cars of the Seat Ibiza’s size are often used in town, while their low running costs rightly appeal to drivers on a budget. Combine these two things and there’s a good chance that any scrapes to the paintwork or scratches to the alloy wheels will never have been repaired.
Similarly, it’s possible the Ibiza’s interior fixtures and fittings will have taken some abuse, and that engine warning lights or worn tyres won’t have been sorted, so spend time checking all of the basics. A full service history and a pile of paperwork detailing regular maintenance will provide further reassurance that a car has been well cared for.
If you’re after a quick Ibiza it’s worth noting that the 1.4-litre twincharger petrol engine fitted to the Cupra can use a lot of oil, and is known for a litany of problems, some of which can result in engine failure. For that reason, it makes more sense to up your budget to the level of the more conventional 1.8-litre Cupra.
Is a used Seat Ibiza hatchback reliable?
The Ibiza has a below-average rating in the What Car? Reliability Index, with the main areas for concern being the engine and electrical systems, followed by axle and suspension problems.