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SEAT Ibiza review - MPG, running costs & CO2

Superminis need to be cheap to run and the SEAT Ibiza delivers

Carbuyer Rating

4.2 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.7 out of 5

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MPG, running costs & CO2 Rating

4.5 out of 5

​The latest SEAT Ibiza comes with a range of efficient small petrol engines but unlike the Ford Fiesta and Renault Clio, there's no mild-hybrid or full-hybrid technology. With every engine returning more than 45mpg, running an Ibiza will be a pain-free experience. 

SEAT Ibiza MPG & CO2

The engine lineup for the SEAT Ibiza is now very simple compared to at launch. There’s a 94bhp turbocharged 1.0-litre TSI petrol that can manage up to 53.7mpg. This is a decent figure, and should represent affordable real-world motoring. Should you want a little more performance, the good news is that picking the 108bhp petrol only reduces the official figure to 52.3mpg, though with the optional automatic, fuel economy drops down to 48.7mpg.

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Company-car drivers will be best off with the 94bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine, with its quite low Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) band. The diesel, now discontinued, was also around £2,000 more expensive to buy (translating to roughly £60 a month more on PCP finance), and few buyers needed the diesel's slightly better efficiency.

All SEAT Ibizas will cost the standard rate in VED (road tax), regardless of engine and trim.

Insurance groups

Another area where you should expect low bills is when it comes to insurance. SE trim fitted with the 1.0-litre MPI engine sat in group three, but with this engine no longer available on the Ibiza, turbocharged 1.0-litre engines start in group nine, rising to 12 for the 108bhp version in FR trim.

Warranty

SEAT’s three-year, 60,000-mile warranty is about the minimum we’d expect. Kia, Hyundai, Toyota and a number of other manufacturers all offer more generous guarantees. Crucially, the Renault Clio – one of the Ibiza's biggest rivals – also had its standard warranty increased to a five-year/100,000-mile policy for 2020, while the Toyota Yaris has a warranty that can last for up to 10 years with regular Toyota servicing.

Servicing

Fixed-price servicing plans cost less than £20 a month (for 24 months) for three years two years/20,000 miles of maintenance, or around £400 upfront.

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Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 TSI 95 SE 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £19,695

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.0 TSI 95 SE 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £19,695

Fastest

  • Name
    1.0 TSI 115 FR 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £22,490

Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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