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First Drive: Seat Ibiza 1.6 TDI CR 105bhp

SEAT
BIK List Price
£14,770
Seat Ibiza BIK list price
BIK Percentage
16%
Seat Ibiza BIK Percent
CO2
112g/km
Seat Ibiza CO2
Combined MPG
65.7
Seat Ibiza MPG

Review

According to Seat, 38% of Ibiza buyers go on to buy another Ibiza, so it may not come as too much of a surprise that Seat has decided to keep many core features unchanged in the revised model.

The subtle design changes are similar to the Toledo hatchback concept that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March and include new headlamps, a lower and smaller grille with hexagon detail and more angular bumpers.

Inside there are a few tweaks too, with a new steering wheel design, a bigger glove box and small changes to the climate control system.

The interior, like its predecessor, is comfortable but a little dull. The simple grey interior and lack of shiny buttons and controls leaves very little to be excited about.

The Ibiza is spacious in the front with sufficient space in the back for three adults, albeit at a squeeze.

The controls are really clear and simple to use and the boot is a good size at 284-292 litres across the range.

Although there have been no chassis or engine changes in the new model, the ST estate line-up includes the sporty FR trim with its 2.0 TDI 140bhp engine for the first time.

Available in three body styles; three-door, five-door and estate, the Ibiza offers a number of engineoptions from the 1.2-litre Ecomotive diesels up to the 2.0 TDI 140bhp FR. The FR, in particular, is very responsive and fun to drive.

The 1.2 TDI Ecomotive, however, struggles to gain momentum on the motorway with only 75bhp, but performs well in built-up areas and at lower speeds.

With CO2 emissions unchanged at only 92g/km, it continues to offer a competitive fleet package.

The 1.6 TDI offers 105bhp and CO2 emissions of 112g/km. Priced at only £400 more than the 1.2 Ecomotive, it offers much more performance for the driver. However I was disappointed that it does not come with stop-start as standard like many in its class.

The handling in the previous Ibiza was very responsive and neat, and the latest model feels more even refined.

One of the Ibiza’s biggest assets is the price, which starts at £9,995 on the road for the 1.2 TDI Ecomotive.

Standard specification across all three trims include electric front windows, split-folding rear seats, remote central locking and an auxiliary connection.

A new media system, available in the new Mii, is expected to be added to the Ibiza later in the year.

Still one of the lowest emitting cars in its segment and arguably one of the most stylish, the Ibiza is a good-looking, well-equipped and eco-friendly package that looks set to continue keeping drivers coming back for more.

CO2 emissions
At 92g/km, the Ibiza 1.2 ecomotive offers an attractive proposition for a diesel car and is still one of the lowest emitting cars on the market to date.
Fuel costs
Although the official figure for the Ibiza is an impressive 80.7 combined mpg, the previous model rarely achieved over 60mpg in our hands, and the latest models engine has not been upgraded so I would guess a similar performance.
Driver appeal
The Ibiza looks great and the new refined tweaks have redefined the sporty appeal.
FN Verdict
The Ibiza looks great and holds it own in the small car segment, although I think I would still opt for a Fiesta over the Seat, the Ibiza is a great looking alternative.
Top Speed
N/A
Seat Ibiza Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Seat Ibiza Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Seat Ibiza Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £5,200
4 Year 80k : £4,025
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 28.52
4 Year 80k : 26.31

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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