SEAT Ibiza SC (2008 – 2017) Review
SEAT Ibiza SC (2008 – 2017) At A Glance
The SEAT Ibiza SC is a stylish and cheaper alternative to the likes of the popular Ford Fiesta. List prices are low if you're buying new and it's a cheap car to run too thanks to economical engines. While the little Ibiza may be getting on a bit, it's still easy on the eye, while its nimble handling and comfortable cabin make it a pleasant small hatch.
Low-cost motoring is key to the Ibiza's appeal. The range starts from under £10,000 new and almost all of the petrol engines are good for economy. The excellent 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol is the highlight of the range, with punchy performance and claimed economy of more than 65mpg.
There are also some good diesels. Early versions of the Ibiza were offered with the 1.6 and 1.2 TDI, with the latter returning more than 80mpg - according to the official figures at least. The range was updated in in 2015, with much better 1.4 TDI engine replacing both.
Visually, the Ibiza hasn't changed a great deal since it was launched in 2008. The bumpers, grille and headlights have been tweaked, but the design inside and out remains fairly close to the original. This means the interior is now pretty dated, with lots of dull grey plastics and some cheap-looking switchgear. There isn't a lot of space for those in the back either, with the arched roof and narrow footwells making it an uncomfortable fit for tall adults.
The three-door Ibiza SC shares its base with the Volkswagen Polo, which means it is refined for long distance motorway runs. The responsive steering and light weight mean it's engaging to drive on twisty roads. Admittedly, the ride is on the firm side of comfortable, but the 2015 mid-life update fixed this with much improved suspension.
Good to drive and attractively styled, the SEAT Ibiza has plenty to offer buyers who want something different to the Fiesta, Mazda 2 or Polo. What's more, with prices starting at under £10,000, the Ibiza is good value. SEAT dealers also have a reputation for being flexible when it comes to deals, which means canny buyers should be able to get a new, mid-spec Ibiza for considerably less than advertised.
Real MPG average for a SEAT Ibiza SC (2008 – 2017)
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