SEAT Ibiza ST (2010 - )
Last updated 18 August 2014
SEAT Ibiza ST I-TECH introduced, fitting in the range between the Toca and the '30 Years Special' and based on the SE. Has the 1.2 TSI 105 engine, manual 5-speed, 16-inch 'Cartago' alloy wheels with titanium...
On the face of it, the SEAT Ibiza ST is a small estate in the same mould as the Peugeot 207 SW or the Skoda Fabia Estate. But there's more to it than that. It's one of only a handful of estate cars - of any size - with a version that won't cost you a penny in road tax.
The 1.2-litre TDI with 75PS uses stop/start technology to come in at just 94g/km CO2 with claimed economy of 78.5mpg. This also means exemption from the London congestion charge. Other engines in the range also put in good performances, with an official 55mpg from the 1.2 TSI petrol and 67.3mpg from the 1.6-litre TDI diesel.
Inside it actually offers more luggage space than the larger Leon. It's 18cm longer than the five-door Ibiza and that extra length is put to good use with a boot that's easy to access with a wide and low opening, 430 litres with the rear seats up and a whopping 1164 litres with the seats folded.
Prices are very reasonable and couple this with relatively low depreciation and insurance groups and the SEAT Ibiza ST makes sense a cost-effective small family car. But it's got more going for it than running costs alone. It's a safe little car with a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating (like the hatch), dual front and side airbags, Isofix child seat anchor points and optional electronic stability programme.