Seat Ibiza (2017-present)

Stylish, spacious and fun to drive: the new Seat Ibiza is one of the best superminis on sale

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

One of the most spacious cars in its class
Comfortable and fun to drive
Efficient engines

Weaknesses 

Average interior quality - especially in cheaper models
No diesel option
Cheaper superminis available
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With sharply creased lines, responsive steering and a bigger boot than you’ll find in a Ford Focus, the Seat Ibiza looks distinctive, is fun to drive, and is practical enough for a small family.

That’s a combination which makes it one of the best superminis on the market - before you factor in its zippy and efficient petrol engines or hi-tech options.

It’s not particularly surprising, because the new Seat Ibiza may well be the most advanced small car that you can buy. It uses a new generation of mechanical parts from the Volkswagen Group, which owns Seat.

These include a brand new 1.5 litre petrol engine, which is smooth and powerful, making it nippy in town and on the motorway. Its fuel economy figure is still to be confirmed. Lightweight materials and sophisticated engineering make the car quiet and comfortable to drive, even on rough roads, but also nimble in corners.

Optional equipment includes adaptive cruise control, which maintains a set distance from the car in front, wireless in-car charging for compatible phones; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for simple control of your smartphone; and an upgraded Beats Audio system. It's a big step up from the previous Seat Ibiza, which is no longer made.

It’s only available as a five-door car and is spacious enough in the back to accommodate two adults or three young teenagers and the class-leading 355-litre boot is even larger than one you’ll find in the spacious Honda Jazz (but only by one litre).

Other cars made by the VW Group, including the Volkswagen Polo, Skoda Fabia and Audi A1, will be replaced with models that are based on the Ibiza over the coming years. But for now, the Ibiza is a better all-round car than any of them.

In fact, only the Vauxhall Corsa comes close to matching the Ibiza in all areas, with similar driving performance but a lower starting price of less under £11,000 that helps make up for its smaller 280-litre boot.

The latest Ibiza isn’t cheap, with a manufacturer price starting at more than £13,000 for the most basic S model. It comes with a modern engine and some useful equipment, including air conditioning, Bluetooth for connecting your phone wirelessly and an automatic braking system that can help avoid crashes.

However, if you want alloy wheels, a colour dashboard screen, electric rear windows, split folding rear seat and digital radio, then you’ll need to upgrade, which adds to the price. Compared to the official entry-level prices for the Citroen C3, Hyundai i20, Nissan Micra or Dacia Sandero, the Ibiza is considerably more expensive.

It’s expected to be a bit more expensive as a used car too, but new car discounts can change the situation. For example, at the time of writing, lease deals for the Seat Ibiza were extremely competitive, making the car one of the cheapest superminis available on this type of agreement.

There are other areas where the Ibiza is weak: lower-specification cars feel a little average in the front, where a small 5in touchscreen, surrounded by buttons, looks a bit dated and dark compared with the more minimalist design of the Nissan Micra and new Ford Fiesta. The quality of the plastics doesn’t match the soft-touch materials used in the Volkswagen Polo.

And some cars are stronger in certain areas: less practical, but similarly agile and fun to drive are the Mazda 2, Mini Hatchback and Ford Fiesta. The Skoda Fabia is smoother on rough roads and it’s hard to beat the Toyota Yaris hybrid for fuel economy in city driving.

But if you want a car that’s good at almost everything, then the Ibiza is the car to beat. 

It hasn’t yet been independently crash tested by Euro NCAP, but every Ibiza has plenty of safety equipment, including front and side airbags, the automatic braking system, called Front Assist, hill-hold control to stop the car rolling backwards when you’re pulling away on a slope, and two sets of Isofix mounts in the back to safely secure child seats.

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Last Updated 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 08:30

Key facts 

Warranty: 
36 months / 60,000 miles
Boot size: 
355 litres
Width: 
1780mm
Length: 
4059mm
Height: 
1444mm
Tax: 
£140 to £160 in first year, £140 thereafter

Best Seat Ibiza for... 

Seat Ibiza S 1.0 TSI 95 PS
On paper, the least powerful 1-litre TSI engine with 95 horsepower (hp) is the most efficient by a tiny margin over the 115 hp version, but you’ll need to be gentle on the accelerator for the best mpg. S trim includes air conditioning and Bluetooth for cheapest price.
Seat Ibiza SE 95 PS
Combining the Ibiza’s most efficient engine, with SE trim that includes a split folding rear seat, colour dashboard screen and alloy wheels (but no electric rear windows), costs just over £14,500 before any discounts are applied, which is an ideal package for families.
Seat Ibiza 1.5 TSI 150 PS
The new 1.5-litre engine should offer flexibility, economy and performance of its predecessor. It’s likely to be expensive when it goes on sale in August.
Seat Ibiza S 1.0 MPI 75PS
It might be cheap but the Ibiza in S trim feels it, with a black-and-white dashboard display and penny-pinching measures such as a non-split folding rear seat. The least-powerful engine feels slow too, taking almost 15 seconds to accelerate from 0-62mph.

Seat Ibiza History 

  • July 2017 The current Seat Ibiza goes on sale in the UK

Understanding Seat Ibiza car names 

  • Ibiza
  • Trim level
    SE Technology
  • Engine
    1.0 TSI 115PS
  • Gearbox
    DSG
  • Trim level
    The five trim levels indicate the standard level of equipment. S cars are the cheapest and most spartan, followed by SE, FR and Xcellence at the top of the range.
  • Engine
    The size of the engine is given in litres. In general, bigger engines are more powerful but that’s not always the case, so you’ll often see the engine’s horsepower (also written as PS) - here it’s 115. MPI engines are petrol-powered. TSI ones are too, but these are turbocharged for more power and extra efficiency.
  • Gearbox
    The automatic gearbox is known as DSG (direct shift gearbox) which uses two clutches for smooth and faster gear changes.

Seat Ibiza Engines 

Petrol: 1.0 MPI 75PS, 1.0 TSI 95PS, 1.0 TSI 115PS, 1.5 TSI 150PS

At the moment, you can only get a petrol-powered Ibiza. Diesel options will be added later this year.

The range begins with a 1-litre engine badged MPI, which has 75 horsepower (it’s often written as PS). Official fuel consumption is 57.6mpg, but it’s so slow - taking 15 seconds to get from 0-62mph - that you’ll often have your foot to the floor, revving the engine to try and keep up with traffic. That will mean that real-world fuel economy will likely be much lower.

The 1-litre TSI engine is a better option because this is turbocharged, which boosts the power without a big increase in fuel consumption. It’s smooth when accelerating and quiet, particularly once you’re up to speed.

It’s available with two power outputs. The 95hp version accelerates from 0-62mph in 10.9 seconds and it will be nippy enough for many drivers. It doesn’t feel particularly underpowered even on the highway (as long as you don’t try overtaking on an incline). Official fuel economy is 60.1mpg.

The more powerful 115hp engine has the same official fuel economy but is likely to be more efficient in real life, as the extra power means that you can be gentler on the accelerator, which boosts fuel economy. Official carbon dioxide emissions are negligibly higher at 108g/km, rather than 106g/km for the 95hp motor.

Fitted with this engine, the Ibiza feels like it has some punch underneath the bonnet and cuts the 0-62mph time to 9.3sec. It’s more fun to drive as a result. It’s also one of only two engines available with the Ibiza’s excellent automatic gearbox, which is smooth, fast and doesn’t harm fuel economy.

The most powerful petrol engine is a 1.5-litre TSI engine, which saves fuel by shutting half of the engine down when you don’t need full power (such as when travelling at a steady speed). It’s quicker than the rest of the range, providing acceleration from 0-62mph in 7.7sec. It’s smooth and flexible, so you don’t have to keep changing gears when you’re adjusting your speed, but the lack of a sudden power surge does mean that the car doesn’t feel lightning quick.

 

Fuel

Fuel economy

Power

Acceleration (0-62mph)

Top speed

1.0 MPI 75PS

Petrol

57.6mpg

75hp

14.7sec

104mph

1.0 TSI 95PS

Petrol

60.1mpg

95hp

10.9sec

113mph

1.0 TSI 115PS

Petrol

60.1mpg

115hp

9.3sec

121mph

1.5 TSI Evo

Petrol

58.8mpg

150hp

7.7sec

134mph

Seat Ibiza Trims 

S, SE, FR, Xcellence

Choosing the right trim level on the Seat Ibiza can be important because some equipment is only available on more expensive cars.

For example, if you don’t want wind-up windows in the back of the car, then you’ll need to opt for a top-of-the-range Xcellence car, which has electric rear windows as standard. You’re unable to pay extra for them on other Ibiza models. A height adjustable passenger seat is only available on the top two trim levels too.

You also face restrictions on the engines available: the most powerful ones only come with the sporty FR trim.

The cheapest Ibiza is the S model, which does come with a lot of useful items, including air conditioning, electric front windows, steering wheel audio controls, Bluetooth for connecting your phone wirelessly and advanced safety features - most notable Front Assist, which is an automatic emergency braking system that has been proven to prevent cars frontal crashes.

However, these models lack a split folding rear seat, so you can’t carry any passengers in the back if you need to expand the boot space and fold the back seats down. There are no alloy wheels, digital radio and rear electric windows either. You also have to make do with an old fashioned-looking black and white dashboard screen that’s surrounded by buttons.

You’re unable to pay for many optional extras and you’re limited to the least powerful 75hp engine.

Ibizas in SE trim cost around £900 more with the 75hp MPI engine. You can also opt for the more advanced 95hp TSI engine.

Not only do they add a split folding rear seat, 15in alloy wheels, a 5in colour touchscreen, front foglights and brighter LED running lights, but you also have a much wider choice of optional extras. Sat-nav, parking sensors, adaptive cruise control a panoramic sunroof plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto software, which makes controlling some smartphone apps through the dashboard controls much simpler, are all standard.

The largest choice of engines comes with Ibiza FR cars, which add around £1,500 to the new price. Only the least-powerful 75hp engine is unavailable. It’s also the only model to offer an automatic option - with the 115hp engine.

This is meant to be the sporty model, and so it’s the only one available with the fastest 1.5-litre petrol engine. Twin exhaust pipes, 17in alloy wheels, tinted rear windows, black side mirrors make the car look more aggressive. Inside, you gain front sports seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and different driving modes, which can switch between sporty, comfortable and economical settings.

Sport suspension is meant to make the Ibiza feel more agile, while the car is also fitted with a larger 8in touchscreen that includes sat-nav, a digital radio plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It transforms the interior, making it look far more modern. other additions include cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, mood lighting and a tiredness recognition system.

Xcellence tops the range in terms of equipment, but can only be chosen with the 75hp or 95hp engines. It’s around £1,200 more than the FR.

As you’d expect, there’s a lot of standard features, which come at that price, including the same 8in touchscreen from the FR, 16in alloy wheels, grey side mirrors, Alcantara upholstery, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry-and-go, front and rear parking sensors, and a rear-view camera.

Seat Ibiza Reliability and warranty 

The new Seat Ibiza hasn’t even hit British roads yet, so it’s too early to assess its reliability record.

It’s also difficult to read too much into Seat’s track record, given that the car is all-new, and uses very few parts carried over from previous generations.

But, for the record, the last Ibiza was given a respectable reliability ranking of more than 90% in the 2017 Auto Express Driver Power survey, and the more recent Leon was near the very top of the chart with a score of more than 95% - the fourth best result out of 75 cars in the survey.

The standard Seat warranty is three years, with a limit of 60,000 miles. which is about standard for the segment. However, you’ll get five years of cover with a Toyota Yaris or Hyundai i20. Kia offers seven years with its Rio.

Used Seat Ibiza 

The Seat Ibiza has always been a popular second hand car, and the excellent performance of the latest model is expected to increase demand.

That does mean that there are unlikely to be any bargains for used buyers for some time, and will also make finance on a brand new car very competitive, as it’s likely to retain its value well.

It may mean that the extra choice and availability of a new car on finance is a better bet than buying used, at least until a large selection of cars appear on the used market.

The car won't arrive in showrooms until later in the summer. After this, if you are looking for a used version if the very latest car, then it's worth remembering that most second-hand Ibizas on the market will be from the previous generation, which also had sharply creased styling, You can identify the newer car by its triangular-shaped, upward-facing headlights. The older model has more jagged headlights, which point downwards towards the grille.

Seat Ibiza Prices

Seat Ibiza FR

1.0 tsi 115 fr 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £13,847

You could save up to: £2783

1.0 tsi 115 fr 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £14,819

You could save up to: £2891

1.0 tsi 95 fr 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £13,293

You could save up to: £2722

1.5 tsi evo 150 fr 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £14,794

You could save up to: £2886

1.6 tdi fr 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £15,487

You could save up to: £2968

Seat Ibiza S

1.0 s 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £10,951

You could save up to: £2459

1.6 tdi s 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £13,273

You could save up to: £2722

Seat Ibiza SE

1.0 se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £11,482

You could save up to: £2518

1.0 tsi 95 se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £12,015

You could save up to: £2580

1.6 tdi se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £13,804

You could save up to: £2781

Seat Ibiza SE Design

1.0 se design 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £12,112

You could save up to: £2588

1.0 tsi 95 se design 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £12,645

You could save up to: £2650

Seat Ibiza SE Technology

1.0 se technology 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £11,707

You could save up to: £2543

1.6 tdi se technology 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £14,398

You could save up to: £2437

Seat Ibiza Xcellence

1.0 tsi 95 xcellence 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £14,459

You could save up to: £2851

1.0 xcellence 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £13,925

You could save up to: £2790

1.6 tdi xcellence 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 74.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,248

You could save up to: £3052

Other Editions

  • Seat Ibiza (2008-2017)
    The Seat Ibiza has been around for a while now, but regular updates have kept it competitive with the best superminis