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Used SEAT IBIZA For Sale – RAC Cars

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Used SEAT IBIZA For Sale

Below are a sample of used SEAT IBIZA cars for sale, please use the search filter to refine your results and find the car of your dreams.

Background

The original, 1985 Seat Ibiza was something of a side project for VW’s newest acquisition. Mentions of Italian designers and German engineering in the form of a Porsche badge on the engine block didn’t really convince the press or public alike and this rather cute and competent little car filling the gap between a Fiesta and Focus or Polo and Golf went largely unnoticed.

By 1993, VW sprinkled its fairy dust liberally all over the redesigned, second generation Ibiza and furnished it with the Polo’s chassis and engine range, a 1.9 litre diesel and 1.05, 1.4, 1.6, 2.0 and 1.8-litre 16v petrol units, plus a 2.0 16v from 1997. The Ibiza still came in three- and five-door versions but was larger than the original model.

By 1999 the VW-touched Ibiza had established itself as a genuine contender in the European market, but the third generation was better still. Once again riding a Polo chassis, engines were used from the previous series in the form of 60bhp 1.4-litre and 100bhp 1.6-litre petrol units and joined by a 68bhp SDi diesel and the 100bhp TDi diesel turbo. August 2000 brought a ‘reorganisation’ of the Ibiza line up, leading to a number of complicated trim designations.

By the end of 2000 Seat introduced the much awaited Cupra, a 156bhp three-door 1.8-litre 20v, followed a few months later by the even more aggressive 180bhp Cupra R, to fill the glaring gap left for a truly sporty Ibiza.

2002’s fourth generation used Seat Ibiza continued with the sleek design and top notch mechanicals, winning a number of awards. 100bhp and 130bhp 1.9 litre diesel engines were complimented by 1.2 and 1.4 litre 16v petrol units and soon after 2.0 litre petrol and 1.4 litre Tdis. The essential sports variant was catered for in 2003 by a 150bhp 1.8 litre FR and expanded the following year with a new 180bhp Cupra.

2006 revisions were mostly cosmetic, imbuing the Ibiza with a slightly sportier outfit, with more significant changes taking place in 2008, when the environment-antagonising Cupra was dropped for the greener Ecomotive, boasting returns of 70mpg. By the end of that year, the Ibiza once again experienced a generational turnover.

For G5 the Cupra was back, along with an SC (SportCoupe) variant, topping a far more economical range of engines than had previously been seen, while the sharp design and top quality mechanicals were still on point.

Bang for your buck

The approved used Seat Ibiza for sale has always been good-looking but stopped short of knock your socks off stunning. Campaigning on VW Polo quality in a better value package, standard equipment has been generous all the way. From 2000, alloy wheels and air conditioning came as standard even on entry level models.

A centrally mounted screen houses all the major functions, while sporty seats and a three-prong steering wheel with airbag add a sporting feel. Safety features include twin front and side airbags, side impact door protection, the newest crumple zone technology, seatbelt pre-tensioners, high level rear brake-light, advanced bifocal headlights, a collapsible steering column and reinforced bases below the front seats to hold passengers securely in their seatbelts.

Newer models benefit from height and reach adjustable steering columns, height-adjustable driver’s seat, electric front windows, remote control central locking and a six-speaker stereo as standard, while you may also find a healthy range of extras on plusher models.

What you’ll pay

The used Seat Ibiza prides itself on value for money but its continued commitment to quality means residual values have held well. You’ll find entry-level 1.4 S 1999 models for under £2,000, with TDi versions at a premium of a few hundred pounds. A 2007 1.4 litre is going to be about double that.

What to check

The Seat Ibiza has achieved consistently high scores in both safety and reliability tests, beating even its stable mates the VW Polo and Skoda Fabia. Aim for a full service history, if you’re looking at a Cupra be aware that it might have been thrashed and make sure the trim is in good condition.

Parts

Economical to a fault, with spark plugs coming in at £4, an air filter at £20, fuel filters £6 and oil filters £9. You’ll get a timing belt for £40, a radiator for £45 and a starter motor for £110.

How it drives

The used Seat Ibiza for sale has always shined on the road, with that Polo chassis offering a tight drive allied to responsive steering and a perky selection of engines. The obvious fun can be had with sports variants such as the Cupra, but for more sensible motoring the later Ibizas are pleasingly frugal and practical.

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