What used Seat Ibiza hatchback will I get for my budget?
The market for fourth-generation Seat Ibizas starts at £1500, but you’ll be looking at a car with a mileage deep into six figures or a repaired Cat D write-off.
By £3000 you’ll start to see some earlier cars with sensible miles and a decent spec, with petrol engines outnumbering diesels by four-to-one.
CO2 emissions of 92g/km also means there’s no road tax to pay, although given the 1.4 TDI is just as economical in normal driving, costs no more than £20 per year to tax and yet is significantly better to drive, it represents the better diesel option.
As far as petrol engines go, you can expect upwards of 40mpg in normal driving in all but the Cupra (even these will average 36-38mpg if driven sensibly), with the standout being the turbocharged 1.2 TSI, which managed 55mpg in official tests and will edge close to 50mpg in normal use. Or, if you’re looking at a post-2015 facelift Ibiza, the 1.0-litre TSI engine offers similarly low running costs.
Servicing is required every 12 months or 10,000 miles and alternates between minor at £169 and major at £279 – both slightly more than you’ll pay for a Ford Fiesta. You also need to factor in a new cambelt every four years or 80,000 miles, which costs £329 on a petrol-engined Ibiza and £399 for a diesel. This is required on all but the 1.2 TSI engine, which instead uses a timing chain.