SEAT Ibiza hatchback (2008-2017) - Reliability & safety

The SEAT Ibiza was awarded the full five stars by Euro NCAP, but owners aren’t a satisfied bunch

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

3.4 out of 5

While Euro NCAP confirmed the SEAT Ibiza is as safe as the best superminis by awarding it five stars in its independent crash tests, the brand's reliability leaves a little to be desired. Top-of-the-range models boast lots of clever safety technology, but even basic models get the necessary airbags and electronic skid-prevention systems.

SEAT Ibiza reliability

With many of its parts shared with the Volkswagen Polo, you'd expect the SEAT to be reliable. Not enough Ibiza owners participated for the car to make it into our Driver Power 2016 owner satisfaction survey, but the SEAT brand finished 18th out of 32 manufacturers, ahead of VW but lagging behind Skoda in third.

Safety

A maximum five-star score for the Ibiza from crash-testing body Euro NCAP will put your mind at ease when it comes to safety. All SEATs come with six airbags and electronic stability control with emergency braking assistance.

Top-of-the-range FR models are safer still, boasting a system that brakes automatically to prevent collisions in traffic, as well as one that prevents you drifting out of your lane on the motorway.

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