SEAT Ibiza ST 1.6 TDI Sport August 2011 | CARkeys

25 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on SEAT Ibiza ST 1.6 TDI Sport August 2011 | CARkeys


1.6 TDI Sport review

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As much I wish this wasn’t true I have to admit that I am yet another stereotypical female with little knowledge of cars . therefore I based my road test of the new SEAT Ibiza Estate on appearance, drive and storage.

As said previously by David Finlay. the colour of this model should definitely be renamed Metallic Butterscotch – after all, what on earth is Tribu Yellow? – though I must say that the colour has grown on me throughout this month’s road test. I have found the car’s overall appearance to be sleek and sophisticated both inside and out.

Controls for heating and the sound system are cleverly slanted towards the driver which I found beneficial during longer journeys as it allowed extra attention on the road rather than spending time fumbling with controls to locate your desired button.

Additionally, the trip computer had a couple of interesting features. Firstly, the Ibiza calculates your average fuel economy. Having just graduated, and pretty much still living as a skint student, one of my main concerns with cars is fuel cost.

Originally I had been concerned that the Ibiza might just guzzle the diesel, but I was very pleasantly surprised to see that it was averaging 55.3mpg from city/town and motorway driving.

Secondly, the panel also identifies which gear you should be in. While this appeared quite a novelty feature to begin with, that soon wore off – if you’ve passed your driving test surely gearchanging is a pretty fundamental basic knowledge you shouldn’t need reminding of? In saying that, it’s only a small number in the corner of the screen panel so it’s pretty easy to ignore and at least there are no irritating beeping or additional sound effects associated with that feature.

Moving flats during this road test provided the ideal opportunity to test storage space within the car for four years’ worth of accumulated stuff, including one full-sized skeleton! Honestly, as the car is an estate I had expected there to be slightly more space available, so I was disappointed. Personally I think that SEAT has focussed more on the comfort of the car, ensuring that the seats are well-padded and comfortable which may have reduced the space available.

Nevertheless, space for storage was adequate and I was still able to fit my skeleton alongside boxes of clothes, shoes and kitchenware.

For me, the biggest selling point of the Ibiza ST is the smooth and effortless drive. You could almost steer the car with one finger which I discovered to be highly useful on winding country roads.

Overall, the test has highlighted the excellent drive of the Ibiza ST, and although for now an estate is perhaps more than I would require, I will certainly be considering a SEAT when I do purchase a car.

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