SEAT Ibiza ST estate

Price  £13,015 - £18,570

SEAT Ibiza ST estate

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • 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 greenest
ST SE 1.4 TDI Ecomotive 75PS 5dr £16,275
The cheapest
ST S A/C 1.0 12V 75PS 5dr £13,015
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 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.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4 / 5

The diesels offer economy of up to 81mpg

Engines, drive & performance

3.8 / 5

Fun to drive, responsive steering and handling

Interior & comfort

2.5 / 5

Roofline looks good, but hurts headroom

Practicality & boot space

4.2 / 5

Longer than rivals, but interior space is worse

Reliability & safety

3.5 / 5

The 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."
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Last updated 
16 Jun 2015
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