SEAT Ibiza ST estate
Price £12,910 - £18,570
- Stylish looks
- Easy to access cabin
- Robustly built, well equipped interior
- Smallish boot
- Pricier than rivals
- Firm ride on Sport-spec models
At a glance
“The SEAT Ibiza ST offers small estate car practicality alongside stylish good looks. It’s good to drive, even if it doesn’t offer quite as much load space as rivals”
The SEAT Ibiza ST - or Sports Tourer to give it its full name - is a stylish small estate car that is a good proposition for drivers after a small hatchback, but with more space. Rivals such as the Skoda Fabia Estate might have a slightly larger load area, but they don’t come close to the Ibiza ST when it comes to looks. The SEAT Ibiza ST is such a stylish-looking car that it's hard to disagree with SEAT wanting to distance the Ibiza ST from traditional estate cars.
This style comes at a cost, however, as the Ibiza ST is more expensive than its main rival, the Skoda Fabia Estate. The ST joins the Ibiza five door and three door (named the SC) hatchbacks to complete the Ibiza range. It's available in four trim levels, starting at S A/C and rising through SE, Connect and the top of the range, performance orientated, FR trim. Buyers choosing the sporty FR model who are after a greater degree of personalisation can opt for SEAT's Colour Packs. These add colour detail to mirror surrounds and wheels externally, and carry over to the interior with the seats, air vents, hand brake and steering wheel being available in a range of colours.
All models come with alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, Bluetooth music streaming and a DAB digital radio. The SE model adds LED running lights and a 5-inch colour touchscreen display; those wanting satellite navigation need only pay £340 to add this to the SE. Opt for the Connect edition and you get full Apple/Android phone connectivity, along with a free Samsung Galaxy A3 smartphone.
We’d opt for either the SE or connect models, as these offer the best combination of kit and value. Ibiza ST buyers should be aware that there are some restrictions of what trim/engine combinations can be chosen together. If you want your Ibiza ST to come with an automatic gearbox, for instance, this can only be had with the 1.4-litre diesel engine in FR trim.
Ibiza ST customers have five options when it comes to engines. We’d avoid the base 75bhp 1.0-litre unit – it's not particularly economical and is only available in base S AC trim – and opt for the more modern 94bhp 1.0-litre petrol EcoTSI: you’ll be getting a more powerful engine which is also exempt from road tax due to its low emissions. There is one diesel engine, a 1.4-litre engine available with 74, 89 or 104bhp. If you’re covering long distances, it's the engine to have, although the 104bhp is best on a long motorway run. It's available in either SE or FR trim – although the more powerful diesels are only available in FR trim.
Used values for the SEAT Ibiza ST should be similar to the Skoda Fabia estate's, but slightly less that a Volkswagen Polo's.
Diesels SEAT Ibiza ST models offer economy of up to 76mpg
The SEAT Ibiza ST is fun to drive, with impressive steering and handling
Roofline looks good, but it hurts headroom inside the SEAT Ibiza ST
The SEAT Ibiza ST is longer than rivals, but interior space is worse
The SEAT Ibiza ST is built from VW Group parts