SEAT Ibiza Review

9 Aug 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on SEAT Ibiza Review

SEAT Ibiza


Sculpted styling, excellent position, affordable prices, to drive, economical Ecomotive

Cons: Interior quality not up to tight rear space


What is the SEAT ?

The Ibiza supermini has been the of the SEAT range since its in 1984. The current car, facelifted in 2012, not only great, but is satisfying to drive and priced.

Road test

There is a large choice of petrol and diesel Volkswagen engines fitted in the SEAT , which are also used in the Fabia and Volkswagen Polo. Our are the 105hp 1.2-litre TFSI and the 1.2-litre TDI diesel in Ecomotive

The 1.2 TFSI sounds dull, but is and therefore far more capable you might expect, with a impressive 129lb ft of torque. The TDI with 75hp has enough and an even more impressive ft of torque. It’s a bit clattery acceleration but also very with some seriously fuel economy to boot.

Ride and handling

All Ibiza feel sporty; they excellent body control and a supple ride. Saying the sportiest FR and Cupra Ibiza don’t quite feel enough from standard in our view.

On all models, compared to the driving Ford Fiesta, the steering is a bit disappointing, lacking in and proving too light.

Behind the

Dashboard and driving position

We the Ibiza’s simple, modern design and the circular air vents sporty. It feels better since the facelift too. It is not all news however, as the controls for the and climate control (where are over-complicated and difficult to operate.

All drivers should be able to get in the Ibiza, with a height-adjustable seat on all models, plus a and reach adjustable steering


Fine at the front, the small quarter lights, but rear visibility isn’t as with the sculpted roof and small screen. It’s bad on the three-door SC model. Luckily, and rear parking sensors are on SE, FR and Cupra versions as an option.

and technology

Every Ibiza has an CD player, with four-speakers and for the clever SEAT Portable Live.

Toca and FR models are with the SEAT Portable Live as standard, which sat nav, Bluetooth with streaming and even a Micro SD slot for music stowage. The FR integrates a trip computer the Portable System Live.

Tech guide

– connectivity: A USB socket that with the Apple iPhone is on all models, or there’s connectivity via on models where fitted

Navigation: The Seat Portable Live, which is SD card and includes sat nav, is fitted to FR and Cupra models and optional on (apart from base E)

Personalisation: Telephone integration menus from user’s on the car display screens. Models Bluetooth connection also audio information

– All models have a CD/stereo audio input socket. No DAB is available

– Internet: does offer some functionality on the Ibiza, via the SEAT System Live, as the navigation an online local search, local traffic and radio via your mobile phone

– Can it Tweet or Facebook: The Ibiza has no social media

– What is the standout on the SEAT Ibiza: the superb Portable System Live, includes sat nav, Bluetooth audio streaming and even a SD card slot for music

Passenger space and practicality


Access to the rear is good via on the five-door model to their wide opening. when passengers get in the back will be disappointed by the lack of the curvy roofline eats the headroom too.


With 292 litres, the Ibiza has a bigger boot than the (290 litres) and sister the Volkswagen Polo (280 The loading lip and wide opening add to the

A split/fold rear seat is to all but the entry-level E trim, which boot space to 847 litres. If isn’t enough, there is the SEAT Ibiza ST estate.


Despite the smooth there is a surprising amount of noise at motorway speeds. On top of the noise, there is too much clatter heard from the petrol and diesel engines.

Driver, passenger and side are standard, along with control, electronic brake and ISOFIX child seat which all equal a top five-star NCAP crash test

Running Costs/Value for Money/Pricing


The most fuel-efficient is the Ecomotive, with its 1.2-litre TDI engine capable of achieving an combined fuel consumption combined with just of CO2 emissions. It is, however, the only CO2 Ibiza.


Build quality is up to Volkswagen Group standards, but are too many hard, shiny inside and out the Ibiza, which the overall look for our liking.

and equipment

The entry-level Ibiza 1.2 S A/C is at Ј11,730, but we think you are better Ј1,525 more for the Toca the 1.4-litre 85hp engine at It adds desirable extra as alloy wheels and the SEAT System Live.

Closest rival has to be the class-leading Ford in Zetec trim, which is less at Ј12,745, but it has smaller alloys and no sat nav.

Value for

All Ibizas have impressive of standard kit, with the entry-level E fitted with front windows, central and remote audio controls for the

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