New SEAT Ibiza ST impresses the motoring media

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New SEAT Ibiza ST impresses the motoring media

by Robin Livingstone on 13 May 2010

The new Ibiza ST was a big hit with journalists who were taken to Spain for the car’s international launch last week.

“On the face of it, the SEAT Ibiza ST is a small estate in the same mould as the Peugeot 207 SW or the Skoda Fabia Estate. But there#8217;s more to it than that,” says Honest John

“It#8217;s the only estate – of any size – with a version that won#8217;t cost you a penny in road tax. The 1.2-litre TDI with 75PS uses stop/start technology to come in at just 94g/km CO2… It#8217;ll also return an incredibly impressive 78.5mpg on the combined cycle.”

“Inside it actually offers more luggage space than the larger Leon#8230; Couple this with relatively low depreciation and insurance groups and the SEAT Ibiza ST makes sense as a cost-effective small family car.”

“Price, practicality, costs and looks will be top priority on most buyers#8217; lists,” says Mark Nichol from Car Enthusiast. “With that in mind, the Ibiza ST makes a compelling case for itself.

“All the engines are frugal and punchy, to a greater or lesser extent, but primarily, the ST is a spacious and comfortable little car. The range of movement of the seat and wheel is wide, the controls are light and direct and, fundamentally, the boot is well shaped and loading is easy. It#8217;s also cheap to run, whatever engine you choose.

“It’s worth noting that the 1.2-litre TDI diesel ST Ecomotive is, for now, SEAT#8217;s cleanest car, with only 94g/km of CO2 and 78.5mpg. As a topical comparison, the Toyota Prius manages #8216;only#8217; 72.4mpg.”

Reviews at Autocar were also impressed by the latest addition to the SEAT range: “The Ibiza is a worthy rival to the 207 SW and Fabia estate, so it should certainly be on your shopping list if you’re after a more spacious supermini.

“Unusually in a small car, the ST uses electro-hydraulic power steering which is natural-feeling, accurate and informative. There#8217;s a welcome degree of throttle interactivity in the handling balance, combined with a surprisingly supple ride.”

“If you’re in the market for a compact, spacious family car but find the thought of running around in a small MPV too much to bear then you’d do well to look at the new SEAT Ibiza ST”, says What Car?. which gives the Ibiza ST four stars out of five.

“It’s a stylish and impressively comfortable wagon that’ll double as a family load-lugger. Its boot is a spacious 430-litre with the rear seats in place, and the rest of the car is smart enough to get you noticed for all the right reasons.

“SEAT has now got its hands on the latest Volkswagen Group engines, which include the sweet 1.2-litre TSI petrol turbocharged engine and the super-frugal 1.6 TDI diesel.

“Both generate an identical 105PS and, thanks to turbocharging, both are spookily similar in character. The TSI petrol engine is actually the diamond in the range, pulling strongly from low revs and proving happy to spin smoothly right up to the red line.”

Luke Madden at Auto Express says the ST “is a logical and competent addition to the Ibiza family, giving style, a little extra space and an adequate drive.”

“[It’s] load area is well thought out… the tailgate opens wide and the low-set bumper lip makes it easy to load. Minimal wheelarch intrusion means the boot is a very usable size.

“Plus, neat touches include elastic straps and netting to stop things from rolling around, hooks to hang bags from and a small tray beneath the parcel shelf to keep items hidden.”

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