The Seat Ibiza finds itself in one of the most competitive areas of motoring: the hatchback category. With strong competition on all sides, how will the little Ibiza stack up? We’ve always loved the sporty look of the Ibiza, and had an inkling there was something exciting under the bonnet. So, we got behind the wheel, and put the hatchback through its paces.
Boy, were we surprised and impressed by the Ibiza. Seat have pulled off the impossible. They’ve built a small, practical, efficient car, that has a big heart and tons of excitement! As for price, the new models start just shy of £10,000. A quick look at Currie Motors shows us that the used option is also very affordable.
The Seat Ibiza sits among some of the most popular cars on the road. The Ford Fiesta is the clear leader, and the one to beat. It’s practical, affordable, and devilishly fun to drive. The Volkswagen Polo is another strong contender, but the Ibiza’s styling puts it ahead in our book. The Vauxhall Corsa is another good all-rounder, but it just doesn’t have the heart and soul of the Seat.
Choose the Ibiza’s nippy 1.40 litre petrol engine, and you’re in for a hell of a ride. That particular spec will hit 60mph in less than 8 seconds, embarrassing even some sports cars. For most drivers, the modest 1.20 litre is more than enough to keep you busy. If it’s efficiency you’re after, the diesel engine is the clear winner. More on the Seat’s efficiency ratings later.
Handling and driveability
Now, here comes the interesting bit. On paper, the Seat is simple, moderately powerful hatchback. Yet, on the road, the car is a beast! The Ibiza is a joy to drive, and tons of fun under the bonnet. It’s nippy, responsive, and the steering is inch-perfect. It even gives the Fiesta a run for its money in terms of excitement. The little hatchback feels like a go-kart to drive. Having said that, it’s also comfortable at slower speeds and handles well around the city. All-in-all, it’s a great family car choice.
Enough about the fun and excitement! How does the Seat perform in the efficiency department? Well, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the Ibiza’s credentials here. The modest diesel option will give you an impressive 85mpg. Best of all, it incurs no road tax charges, so that’s money back in your pocket. The Ibiza proves itself as a fantastic combination of fun and practicality.
Behind the wheel, the Ibiza feels solid and sturdy. The dashboard is bigger than most others in its class, so it feels like a bigger car. The dashboard is well equipped, and it’s well-kitted out as standard. A particular highlight is the stereo system, which is much stronger than its competitors. It’s a simple pleasure, but one that might just sway you.
The Seat Ibiza is hot on the heels of the leader in its class, the Ford Fiesta. While all the stats match up, it all comes down to personal preference. For our money, the Ibiza is better looking, more exciting, and a better car. What do you think, readers?