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SEAT Ibiza 1.0 TSI Xcellence manual
SEAT’s supermini majors on sharp styling and low running costs. It’s based on the Volkswagen Polo, which means you can bank on good build quality and components that will be familiar to anyone who knows the VW Group’s range. Available as a five-door hatchback, its sleek styling renders it among the more interesting superminis on the market, and it has a great choice of engines.
If there’s one thing the Ibiza does well, it’s ride comfort, as the little SEAT was specifically designed to handle rough road surfaces well. It also handles road and wind noise well, especially when you consider that it’s a small, affordable hatchback, and that top-notch refinement is usually the preserve of larger, more expensive cars. For those who enjoy driving, the sporty FR model adds features such as sports suspension, 17” alloy wheels and a flat-bottomed steering wheel, which make the Ibiza a little sharper and more engaging through bends. The TSI petrol engines suit the SEAT particularly well; they’re nippy and have lots of low down power, which makes them a good bet for driving around town or on A-roads. The 150hp 1.5-litre TSI EVO is the most powerful engine of the range and great for keen drivers; running costs have yet to be revealed, but if the rest of the range is anything to go by, it will probably be cheap to run.
The SEAT Ibiza is well equipped and available in S, SE, FR and Xcellence guises. Key items of standard equipment are:
SE (in addition to S)
FR (in addition to SE)
Xcellence (in addition to SE)
Petrol engines suit superminis down to the ground, and it’s no exception with the Ibiza – which is why SEAT has gone for a petrol-only range. The 1.0-litre 115hp TSI engine is the pick of the bunch; despite being more powerful than the entry-level engines, it falls into the 20% benefit-in-kind band – the lowest of the range. If your choice list permits you the top-end Xcellence model, then that’s definitely the one to go for; it has a full suite of technology and safety equipment, the types of which are ideal for company car drivers, including a DAB radio, parking sensors and sat nav.
The Ibiza may be small but there’s plenty of space for passengers inside. The front seats, in particular, are very adjustable and there’s a good amount room for legs, shoulders and heads, especially when you consider the car’s diminutive overall proportions. That feeling of space is helped by the dashboard layout; it’s refreshingly clean and simple, unlike a lot of modern cars, which can look cluttered, and everything is within easy reach. At 355 litres, the boot is enormous for a supermini, too.
The Ibiza is a handsome supermini with more distinctive looks than many of its rivals, but more importantly, it’s very cheap to run, while the choice of engines and equipment is such that company car drivers in the market for small car can’t fail to find a version that suits.