SEAT Ibiza (2008 – 2017) Review
SEAT Ibiza (2008 – 2017) At A Glance
SEAT’s Ibiza found top form when this generation was launched in 2008 in hatch, SC three-door and estate forms. Straight away, the Spaniard put itself into contention with the very best the supermini class had to offer at the time in the shape of the Ford Fiesta and the Ibiza’s cousin, the Volkswagen Polo. It might not have found quite as many buyers as these two class leaders, but the Ibiza was more than good enough to tempt plenty with its mix of fun driving manners, frugal engines and roomy cabins. All this and it was well equipped too.
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SEAT made a great job of the Ibiza launched in 2008 to push itself right into the heart of the supermini eco-system. Using the Volkswagen Polo as a base was always going to be a brilliant place to start and SEAT built on this by divvying up the Ibiza into three distinct lines under the same umbrella.
These three versions consisted of the SC coupe-like three-door hatch, a roomy ST estate and the five-door hatch. It’s the hatch that was the mainstay of the range to take on the might of the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa.
While the Ibiza’s sales figures were not quite in the same league as these two giants of the small car market, it was the best-selling model in the SEAT range. It’s easy to see why when you consider you had the underpinnings of a Polo at a keener price. It’s much the same story with this Ibiza in the used market.
The Ibiza is also well equipped and has some of the lowest running costs in its sector, especially if you opt for the Ecomotive model that delivers 92g/km CO2 emissions and 80.7mpg combined economy. Even by today’s standards, this model makes for cost-effective ownership.
As well as its financial appeal, the Ibiza scores with its crisp styling that helps it stand out from the crowd in a busy car park. SEAT is also not shy when it comes to offering diversity in the trim line-up, though the five-door model foregoes the most rapid Cupra edition that took on the Fiesta ST, Renault Clio RS and Vauxhall Corsa VXR.
Inside, it’s a good place to spend any journey, though those travelling in the back may find space a little cramped. Even so, the SEAT Ibiza is a handsome and able hatch with a wide choice of engines, trims and well judged pricing that should see it on most buyers’ shortlists.
SEAT launched the revised Ibiza in mid-2012 and it's available with a new Portable Media System with a touchscreen display that includes a navigation system, on-board computer and Bluetooth. It is fully integrated with the Ibiza's electronics and is also removable for using on the move.
On top of all this, the SEAT Ibiza is also one of the better cars in its class to drive. From the start, it always felt a little more taut and livelier that the Polo with which it shared so many of its raw components. The Spanish firm seemed to have the knack of making the Ibiza more fun to drive while also introducing better ride control to give it a small but significant comfort advantage over its German cousin.
This makes the 2008-2017 Ibiza a very sound choice now for anyone looking for a comfortable, affordable and good looking supermini.