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SEAT and what comes to You might well ask. a pity since the Spanish has spent a great deal of money on trying to convince new car that the Cordoba saloon and range have built-in and ‘Iberian flair’.

More SEAT quality is now as good as company VW’s, yet misplaced by many used buyers the all-too-rare Cordobas are still undervalued, compared to many

The Cordoba has always been cheaper than its natural to give SEAT dealers of an advantage over the opposition. For the buyer, this is great for under the skin, the Cordoba its chassis with the acclaimed VW The same quality, durability and apply, yet it comes much

Viewpoint on the SEAT CORDOBA

Both four and two-door have always been well equipped, with a airbag, air conditioning (from ’97 power steering, electric and good quality audio all available, often as standard Buyers of the SXE-spec saloons and SX also get twin airbags, an sunroof, and remote central

Though access through the narrow rear doors of the is somewhat restrictive (reminding you this car is actually a great more compact than it once you’re inside the trimmed cabin, there’s a amount of space. Certainly, plenty of room for four adults and even more for their luggage.

The SEAT VARIO History

The Cordoba’s heritage is a strongpoint, as the VW supermini’s is arguably still the best in its SEAT’s version of the Polo actually arrived before the VW, in May Engines were shared other models of the Volkswagen so, for example, the hottest Cordoba the Golf GTI’s 2.0-litre

Diesels are all 1.9-litre units.

The was revised in 1995, with a new base model appearing the existing 1.6-litre entry cars. Though it lacked a sunroof, the 1.4 CLS was never a popular compared with its bigger-engined and was soon dropped from the lists.

For the 1997 model year, air was standardised and a 2.0-litre 16-valve added to the SX range. The 1.4-litre was expanded slightly in summer when the new ‘1998’ models Apart from the new 1.4 SE, the rest of the was rationalised to four saloons and two though virtually every was equipped with air conditioning.

A few later, a Vario estate was launched with 1.6-litre and 1.9-litre TDi engines. By 1999, the model had been dropped as had the coupe.

Visual tweaks to all Cordoba body styles at the end of were supposed to suggest a likeness to the larger Toledo. a more aggressive front end by a prominent new front grille the SEAT ‘S’. At the nicely rear, the prominent badge as a boot release.

As before, and ‘Vario’ estate bodystyles on offer with a coupe due with an engine choice restricted as previously to just petrol and 1.9-litre turbo power.

The new cabin was, quite unrecognisable from that of the old Shiny plastic gave way to an look that wouldn’t be out of on a luxurious saloon costing more. A screen mounted in the console displayed time, temperature and climate-control air conditioning

More supportive seats and a airbag-equipped leather-trimmed steering also added to the quality

Throughout, that other strongpoint, the three-year warranty, The warranty even transfers to the next owner. For the used considering a late model that’s a major plus.


This is one of the few small cars have no problems taking on a motorway trip. Even you don’t feel particularly thanks to the glassy cabin and headroom.

At the wheel, SEAT’s cars are right up there the class leaders. The chunky wheel is positioned exactly you’d want it and the fascia is of high-quality plastic with all readily to hand. The VW-derived stalks and instruments are all models of too.


(Based on a Cordoba 1.6 GLX – A new clutch will be in the region of and a full exhaust should be close to the same. Brake are just under Ј30 a set, an alternator will be around and a replacement headlamp roughly

It would cost you about for a starter motor and Ј150-Ј300 for a


Volkswagen reliability comes as on the Cordoba and that’s one of the major why SEATs are now sought after as though still budget-priced, cars.

There is one area to be of and it centres on the diesel cars. The engines are big and heavy given the of the car, so check the front absorbers for premature wear. You may notice the tyres are a bit frayed at the

Make sure any diesel or diesel has had regular oil and filter as a lack of regular maintenance mean an early grave for otherwise extremely long-lived and motors.

The SEAT CORDOBA on my Pocket

The cheapest you’ll one of these cars is about and that will be for one of the first 1.6-litre CLX saloons. You may want to a 1.8-litre car to compare the performance, but the 1.6 is cheaper. The least you can expect to pay for a 1.8 be around Ј1,000 and for that be looking at a L-plate GLX.

The VW Golf-engined GTs start at about for the first L-plate examples.

is a smaller-engined Cordoba, the 1.4-litre but, performance-wise, you’d be off with the 1.6 or 1.8 unless you really the need for the slight economy Prices start at about for the first, early 1995 and rise to around Ј1,725 for the cars with SE trim.

The diesels start at Ј1,000 the first May 1994 onwards CLXs). The lower spec were first released in 1995 and the least you’ll pay for first M-plate models be around Ј1,200. Add roughly for 96N-plate cars.

As for the SX coupes, these were in June 1996 and neither has been a big seller. There however, two distinct versions to an eye out for – a 1.6, with starting at Ј1,500 for a 1996 and a much better performing which can be yours for Ј2,550 on a S-plate.


It’s easy to see why the has been so well received in European markets. Though here has been modest to the SEAT name and image to be finally gathering a strong, following. The chances are that it comes time for you to sell, values may be better than are now.

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