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.
Ibiza Cupra hot hatches cost from £5500 for the 1.4-litre twincharger engine and DSG automatic gearbox, or for a small premium you can opt for the rarer Bocanegra version with a gloss black nose. Post-2015 facelift Cupras were upgraded to include a turbocharged 1.8-litre engine and manual gearbox, but are also more than twice the price.
Nearly-new Ibizas sitting within Seat’s approved used programme with just a few thousand miles on the odometer might look like good value at £8000 or so, but with a replacement fifth-generation Ibiza now on sale, you can expect depreciation on these run-out models to be quite steep.
How much does it cost to run a Seat Ibiza hatchback?
The most economical version of the Ibiza is the 1.2-litre TDI diesel in fuel-sipping Ecomotive trim. Low-rolling resistance tyres and revised gear ratios are among the changes that allowed this particular Ibiza to exceed 80mpg in official EU fuel economy tests, and while owners haven’t quite been able to match that figure, you can expect up to 65mpg in normal use.
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.