SEAT Ibiza ST estate
Price £13,015 - £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 Ibiza ST certainly lives up to the Spanish firm's sporty image. It retains the hatchback's stylish looks and is good to drive, but is not as spacious as rivals."
The SEAT Ibiza ST, which stands for ‘Sport Tourer’, was the final body style added to a range that already included a five-door hatch and sportier three-door, called the SC. The major selling point of the Ibiza ST compared to some other small estates is that the large boot hasn’t really compromised the style of the car – it's still a sleek and sporty design.
You’ll have to pay a little more for the Ibiza ST's good looks, though, as it costs more than rivals such as the Skoda Fabia estate. The SEAT Ibiza ST estate comes in a choice of five specification levels – entry-level S A/C, mid-range SE and Toca and higher-spec I-TECH and FR.
Under the bonnet, you get to choose between three petrol and two diesel engines, and whichever model you choose, air-conditioning, roof rails and an MP3-compatible CD player are all included as standard. Resale values on the used-car market should be relatively good, too – on par with the Skoda Fabia but not quite a match for a Volkswagen.
Going for SE trim gets you extras like alloy wheels, chrome roof rails and a leather steering wheel, but it also gives you the choice of more engines; the entry-level S A/C car is only available with the extremely frugal yet slow 1.2-litre TDI Ecomotive diesel. We’d recommend moving up to SE and going for the more powerful 1.6-litre diesel, which offers the best blend of performance and fuel economy. The 1.2-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine is the one to go for if you’ll only use the car around town, while the 138bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol is the one to pick if you want the most performance.
The diesels offer economy of up to 81mpg
Fun to drive, responsive steering and handling
Roofline looks good, but hurts headroom
Longer than rivals, but interior space is worse
The Ibiza ST is built from VW Group parts