SEAT Ibiza hatchback
Price £11,180 - £17,445
- Looks great
- Decent range of engines
- Fun to drive
- 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.