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SEAT Ibiza Review

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

SEAT Ibiza

Review

Pros: Sculpted styling, excellent driving position, affordable prices, good to drive, economical Ecomotive versions

Cons: Interior quality not up to rivals, tight rear space

Model range

What is the SEAT Ibiza?

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

Road test

Performance

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

The 1.2 TFSI sounds dull, but is turbocharged and therefore far more capable than you might expect, with a very impressive 129lb ft of torque. The 1.2-litre TDI with 75hp has enough power and an even more impressive 132lb ft of torque. It’s a bit clattery under acceleration but also very effective, with some seriously impressive fuel economy to boot.

Ride and handling

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

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

Behind the wheel

Dashboard and driving position

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

All drivers should be able to get comfortable in the Ibiza, with a height-adjustable driver’s seat on all models, plus a rake and reach adjustable steering column.

Visibility

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

Gadgets and technology

Every Ibiza has an MP3-compatible CD player, with four-speakers and pre-installation for the clever SEAT Portable System Live.

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

Tech guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Passenger space and practicality

Passenger space

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

Boot space

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

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

Refinement

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

Safety

Driver, passenger and side airbags are standard, along with stability control, electronic brake assist and ISOFIX child seat fixings, which all equal a top five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating.

Running Costs/Value for Money/Pricing

Fuel economy

The most fuel-efficient Ibiza is the Ecomotive, with its 1.2-litre TDI diesel engine capable of achieving an 80.7mpg combined fuel consumption figure combined with just 92g/km of CO2 emissions. It is, however, the only sub-100g/km CO2 Ibiza.

Quality

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

Pricing and equipment

The entry-level Ibiza 1.2 S A/C is priced at Ј11,730, but we think you are better spending Ј1,525 more for the Toca with the 1.4-litre 85hp engine at Ј13,255. It adds desirable extra such as alloy wheels and the SEAT Portable System Live.

Closest Ibiza rival has to be the class-leading Ford Fiesta in Zetec trim, which is Ј510 less at Ј12,745, but it has smaller 15-inch alloys and no sat nav.

Value for money

All Ibizas have impressive levels of standard kit, with even the entry-level E fitted with electric front windows, central locking and remote audio controls for the stereo.

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