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SEAT Ibiza (2017–)

Last updated 30 November 2017

Excellent 1.0 and 1.5 petrol engines, calm and comfortable ride quality, has one of the largest boots in its class.
Not as sharp to drive as its rivals, standard kit is a little thin, disappointing air con and heating system.
Updated 31 January 2017
SEAT unveiled Ibiza

This SEAT Ibiza has much improved interior roominess, plus, it is safer and more robust. It is significantly wider by a 87mm, as well as two millimetres shorter and one lower than the previous model,...

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Introduction

The fourth-generation Ibiza represents an important step forward for SEAT. And in particular its pursuit of the Ford Fiesta. Smart, stylish and backed by a range of brilliant petrol engines, the Ibiza feels more grown up and better rounded than ever before, while its huge boot and refined ride provide a workmanlike simplicity that is lacking with many of its rivals.

Mechanically speaking, the SEAT Ibiza is almost identical to the Volkswagen Polo and Skoda Fabia - however, going against the grain of ever-growing cars, this Ibiza is actually a smidgen shorter than the model it replaces but (narrow garage owners please note) it is 87mm wider and has a slightly longer wheelbase. This means benefits for ride comfort and interior space. 

The Ibiza isn't a compelling car to drive, but if you prioritise refinement and practicality over 'it corners like its on rails' dynamics then this will very much be the small car for you. The ride quality is first rate and the soft suspension irons out the roughest of roads with ease. Even potholes are dealt with a satisfying, suppressed thump. 

The cabin is large enough to fit four adults and the seats provide excellent levels of back and upper leg support. Storage is also plentiful, with deep door bins and a useful scattering of cup holders. The 355-litre boot is huge for a car of this size and far superior to anything you'll find in either the Fiesta or even Focus hatch. The only area of slight annoyance is the ventilation. Air con is standard but the system is cumbersome and slow to react, which means you'll be waiting a good 10 minutes for warm air on a wintery morning. 

SEAT has confirmed that there will be no three-door Ibiza SC this time round and hasn't confirmed whether we will see the Ibiza ST. But given the slow sales of small estates in the UK, the ST version is not expected anytime soon, which means the five-door hatchback will be the only option. 

The engine range encompasses three and four-cylinder petrols, with the sweet spot being the 1.0 TSI. The turbocharged three-cylinder petrol is one of the very best and can be specified with 95PS or 115PS - both will return an official 60.1mpg. A 150PS 1.5 TSI and a 1.6 TDI with 80PS or 95PS is also offered.

As a overall package, the Ibiza is a very good small car. It's supremely comfortable and practical, while few of its rivals can match its outstanding petrol engines. The only area that lets the side down is the spec. Indeed, standard equipment levels are meagre, which means you’ll have to pay extra to get essentials like DAB audio, touchscreen navigation and cruise control. Like-for-like, the Ford Fiesta and Suzuki Swift represent better value.

SEAT Ibiza 1.0 TSI 115 Road Test

 

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