Review

SEAT Ibiza hatchback

Price  £11,180 - £17,445

SEAT Ibiza hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Looks great
  • Decent range of engines
  • Fun to drive
Cons
  • Some poor quality interior trim
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Skoda Fabia is better value

The SEAT Ibiza is a stylish supermini and a rival to cars like the Hyundai i20 and Vauxhall Corsa. It's credentials are excellent – SEAT may not be a particularly mainstream brand in the UK but it's owned by Volkswagen, and the Ibiza is based on the Volkswagen Polo – so should feel solid and well built.

As well as the standard five-door supermini, there's a more sporty three-door coupe called the SEAT Ibiza SC, and a more practical estate version called the SEAT Ibiza ST. But the five-door hatchback offers a decent amount of space and a reasonable sized boot, so should be more than enough for people looking at cars like the Ford Fiest or Renault Clio.

It's a lot more fun to drive than the VW Polo on which it is based, and it has a lower price than its sister car, too. It has a fantastic range of economical engines and the interior is well laid out and robust – but there are some downsides. Interior quality is no match for the Volkswagen Polo, as some of the trim in the Ibiza feels a bit cheap. Also, although it's fun to drive, it's not a match for the Ford Fiesta. And while it's competitively priced, the Skoda Fabia – which is also based on the Volkswagen Polo – is better value for money.