Review

SEAT Ibiza ST estate

Price  £13,015 - £18,570

SEAT Ibiza ST estate

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Stylish looks
  • Easy to access cabin
  • Robustly built, well equipped interior
Cons
  • Smallish boot
  • Pricier than rivals
  • Firm ride on Sport-spec models

At a glance

The greenest
ST SE 1.4 TDI Ecomotive 75PS 5dr £16,275
The cheapest
ST S A/C 1.0 12V 75PS 5dr £12,910
The fastest
ST FR 1.4 EcoTSI 150PS 5dr £17,395
Top of the range
ST FR 1.4 TDI DSG-auto 90PS 5dr £18,570

“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.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4 / 5

Diesels SEAT Ibiza ST models offer economy of up to 76mpg

Engines, drive & performance

3.8 / 5

The SEAT Ibiza ST is fun to drive, with impressive steering and handling

Interior & comfort

2.5 / 5

Roofline looks good, but it hurts headroom inside the SEAT Ibiza ST

Practicality & boot space

4.2 / 5

The SEAT Ibiza ST is longer than rivals, but interior space is worse

Reliability & safety

3.5 / 5

The SEAT Ibiza ST is built from VW Group parts

What the others say

3.5 / 5
based on 2 reviews
3 / 5
"SEAT's smallest ST is the final addition to the Ibiza range and, when painted in a particularly lurid shade, it's clear this mini estate has gone all lifestyle and is not about tempting buyers with sheer space. A shrunken Audi A3 Sportback, the small SEAT hides some interesting developments."
4 / 5
"If you’re in the market for a compact, spacious family car but find the thought of the running around in a small MPV too much to bear then you’d do well to look at the new Seat Ibiza ST."
What owners say 
4.5
4.5 /5 based on 2 reviews
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