Review: SEAT Ibiza ST (2010 – 2017)


Comfortable, easy to drive and affordable to run. Load area is a good size. Reasonable prices.

Folding the rear seats could be easier. Skoda Fabia Estate is cheaper.

SEAT Ibiza ST (2010 – 2017): At A Glance

If you want a small estate car your choice is fairly limited. In fact, aside from the Skoda Fabia Estate, buyers are more or less restricted to one model – the SEAT Ibiza ST. Thankfully that’s no bad thing – it’s easy to drive, comfortable, practical, reasonably cheap to buy and affordable to run. As transport for a small family it’s ideal.

Boot space is generous at 430 litres with the rear seats in place – 160 litres more than the five-door hatch.  The load area is low but it does have a lip, which can make loading heavy items tricky, while folding the rear seats completely flat is a bit of a fiddle - but doing so frees up a total of 1164 litres. The rear row of seats is fine for adults at a push, but knee room is a little tight with taller occupants up front. This won’t be a problem for children, though.

Initially launched in 2010, the Ibiza ST has been lightly revised with new engines and equipment several times over the years. From 2015 the entire Ibiza range had a comprehensive overhaul, with a new, high quality dashboard design inspired by the bigger Leon, along with new customisation options including a variety of colour packs, plus new, cleaner engines.

The best of these for most buyers is the 1.0-litre 95PS EcoTSI petrol, which has official fuel economy of 68.9mpg and emissions of 94g/km. Despite its small displacement it suits the Ibiza ST perfectly thanks to 160Nm of torque from just 1500rpm, making for smooth, responsive, quiet progress whether in stop-start town traffic or on the motorway.

In total there are five petrol options with outputs from 75PS. The most powerful is a reasonably potent 1.4-litre with 150PS, available in sporty FR trim. Alternatively there are frugal diesel engines with outputs from 75PS to 105PS, but they’re pricier and louder than the petrols. Those who need an automatic are restricted to the 1.4-litre 90PS diesel with seven-speed DSG.

Standard equipment includes air conditioning, roof rails and a small touchscreen with USB connectivity. Buyers who want luxuries like alloy wheels or Bluetooth will have to tick a few options boxes or pick a higher trim level, but thankfully that isn’t too expensive with the Ibiza ST – and there are some great extras including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

There is a proverbial thorn in the Ibiza’s side in the form of the cheaper, more recent Skoda Fabia Estate, but the Ibiza has a broader engine range and sportier styling. For buyers who need a compact yet spacious family-friendly estate car the SEAT Ibiza ST is ideal, but it’s certainly worth trying the newer Skoda before making a final decision.

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SEAT Ibiza ST (2010 – 2017): What's It Like Inside?

Length 4227–4240 mm
Width 1693 mm
Height 1441–1445 mm
Wheelbase 2469 mm

Full specifications

The SEAT Ibiza ST might be an estate but it is still small and manageable so for many motorists it should provide the perfect compromise. With the rear seats in place capacity is 430 litres, which is plenty for suitcases, large shopping trips and gear for days out with children.

The load area itself is wide and low, but there is a lip which will pose problems when unloading heavy items. On the plus side the low floor will make life easier for dog owners, since most dogs will be able to get in and out unaided - handy after a long, muddy walk.

Load volume can be increased to 1164 litres by folding the rear seats. Unfortunately this is a bit of a fiddle, since the rear seat bases need to be flipped forward before the seat backs can be folded flat – and that isn’t possible with taller occupants in the front row. For occasional use it shouldn’t prove too much of a problem though.

Up front the layout is neat and easy to understand. Models built from late 2015 get a better quality soft touch dashboard and a standard fit touchscreen, albeit a small one in lower trim levels, while older models get a more traditional audio system. Plastics used lower down in the cabin and on the doors are solid and durable, so should stand up to kicking little feet and sticky hands.

All new models come with air conditioning as standard, as well as USB-connectivity for the touch screen. Higher trim levels gain extras like alloy wheels and a larger touchscreen, plus there are optional extras including colour packs for customising the exterior and technology packs, enabling the latest smartphone connectivity via Android Auto, MirrorLink or Apple CarPlay.

These systems all work in a similar way, using a USB cable to mirror smartphone apps in the touchscreen system of the car. This brings useful functionality like Google searches, navigation apps or Spotify music streaming. The sysem employed depends on what smartphone is connected. 'Connect' variants of the Ibiza ST come with a compatible Samsung Galaxy A5 for free. 

Standard Equipment (from November 2015)

S A/C models come with 15-inch steel wheels, black roof rails, 5.0-inch black and white touchscreen with USB connection, Bluetooth and DAB radio, 60/40 split rear seats, height adjustable driver’s seat.

SE trim adds 15-inch alloy wheels, LED-running lights and tail lights, 5.0-inch colour touchscreen with aux-in and steering wheel mounted controls.

Connect trim adds blue 16-inch alloy wheels, artificial leather upholstery, 6.5-inch Media System Plus touchscreen with voice recognition, navigation and smartphone connectivity. Comes with a free Samsung Galaxy A5 smartphone.

FR trim adds (over SE) sports styling details, 16-inch alloy wheels, electrically folding door mirrors, twin exhaust pipes, flat-bottomed steering wheels, sports seats, sports suspension, 

Equipment from launch (July 2010):

S A/C and Ecomotive S A/C has 15-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, MP3-compatible CD player and aux-in, steering-column-mounted audio controls, electrically-adjustable headlights, electric front windows, black door handles, black roof rails, rear spoiler, space-saving spare wheel, 12v sockets in the centre console and boot, height-adjustable driver's seat, height and reach adjustable steering wheel, electro-hydraulic power steering, split-folding rear seats, under-floor boot storage, driver, passenger and side airbags, ABS, three-point seatbelts on all seats, ISOFIX child seat anchore points on outer rear seats and remote central locking with deadlocks.

SE and Ecomotive SE gets, in addition to the above, SE and Ecomotive SE gets body-coloured bumpers, 15-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, six speakers, trip computer electric rear windows, electrically-adjustable, heated and folding wing mirrors and stainless steel roof bars.

Sport is the top-of-the-range model adds 16-inch alloy wheels, tinted windows, sport suspension, sports seats and a leather steering wheel and gearknob.

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What's the SEAT Ibiza ST (2010 – 2017) like to drive?

The SEAT Ibiza was introduced in 2010, so over the years it has been offered with a wide variety of engines ranging from a simple, fairly low-tech 1.4-litre 16v back in 2010 to the most recent, cleverly engineered and economical 1.0-litre turbo petrol variants. Following an overhaul in 2015 the engine range includes five petrol and three diesel variants.

Of these the best blend of performance, economy and cost comes from the 95PS 1.0-litre EcoTSI. It might be small but, thanks to a turbocharger, it produces peak torque of 160Nm at 1500rpm so it doesn’t need to be worked hard to deliver capable performance. It’s quiet and relaxing even at motorway speeds and emissions are low at 94g/km, with official economy of 68.9mpg.

It’s certainly a better choice than the basic 1.0-litre 75PS petrol which, despite producing less power, is less economical with an official figure of 53.3mpg and emissions of 120g/km. Larger 1.2-litre petrol options with power outputs of 90PS or 110PS are available and work well, blending reasonable performance with low running cost and good refinement.

For the best performance a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol with 150PS is available in FR trim only. This gets from 0-62mph in 7.8 seconds and has a top speed of 137mph, yet is officially capable of a decent 58.9mpg, with emissions of 110g/km. Unfortunately there is no Cupra version of the ST - hot hatch buyers have to stick with a three-door SC model. 

Those who prefer diesel power are restricted to a 1.4-litre engine with 75PS, 90PS or 110PS. All three produce less than 100g/km of CO2, with the most economical 75PS variant officially capable of 80.7mpg. The 90PS diesel is only available in conjunction with a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. It’s the only automatic variant available.

On the road the Ibiza ST is relaxed and comfortable, with feather-light controls and reasonable refinement even at motorway speeds. Ride quality over uneven, potholed roads is very good, but this does come at the expense of a little body roll through corners at higher speeds. This can be rectified by opting for FR trim, which has slightly firmer sports suspension.

FR models have tighter handling, with better body control through corners and slightly more precise steering, which can make for a more enjoyable drive on the right road. However the ride quality suffers, so choosing between the two will come down to personal preference. 

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.0 75 53 mpg 14.8 s 120 g/km
1.0 75PS 53 mpg 14.8 s 120 g/km
1.0 EcoTSI 95 67 mpg 10.8 s 98 g/km
1.0 TSI Ecomotive 67 mpg 10.8 s 94 g/km
1.2 51 mpg 14.6 s 128 g/km
1.2 TDI 71–72 mpg 13.9–14.9 s 105 g/km
1.2 TDI Ecomotive 81 mpg 13.9–14.6 s 92 g/km
1.2 TSI 55 mpg 10.2 s 119 g/km
1.2 TSI 110 54 mpg 9.7 s 119 g/km
1.2 TSI 90 58 mpg 11.1 s 116 g/km
1.2 TSI DSG 53 mpg 10.0 s 124 g/km
1.4 48 mpg 12.4 s 139 g/km
1.4 TDI 71 mpg 10.3 s 97 g/km
1.4 TDI DSG 74 mpg 11.4 s 99 g/km
1.4 TDI Ecomotive 76 mpg 13.5 s 90–95 g/km
1.4 TSI 59 mpg 7.8 s 110 g/km
1.4 TSI ACT 60 mpg 8.1 s 109 g/km
1.4 TSI DSG 48 mpg 8.0 s 139 g/km
1.4 TSI Ecomotive 59 mpg 7.8 s 110 g/km
1.6 TDI 66 mpg 10.5–10.9 s 112 g/km

Real MPG average for a SEAT Ibiza ST (2010 – 2017)

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Average performance


Real MPG

32–77 mpg

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What have we been asked about the SEAT Ibiza ST (2010 – 2017)?

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What are the strange rattles coming from under my car?

I own a 2014 SEAT Ibiza ST and when I drive down a road with an uneven surface, whether it be potholes, draincovers or speed bumps, I get a rattle noise from somewhere underneath the car. I have checked to see if the exhaust is loose, but it's not, so was wondering if it could be a suspension issue? I can even hear it over my radio. However on a smooth surface, like a good A road or a motorway they is no noise.
Could be the rear suspension striking the exhaust system under compression. Just slackening off the exhaust joints and twisting slightly can fix this. Alternatively, might be a suspension bush and the most likely culprit is an anti roll bar sleeve bush dropped out.
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