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SEAT Ibiza hatchback - MPG, running costs & CO2

Superminis need to be cheap to run, and the SEAT Ibiza fulfils this remit well

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The latest SEAT Ibiza comes with a range of efficient engines. With every engine returning more than 45mpg, running an Ibiza will be a pain-free experience. The turbocharged petrol is slightly more efficient than the equivalent Ford Fiesta too.

SEAT Ibiza MPG & CO2

The entry-level 79bhp 1.0-litre engine officially returns up to 52.3mpg, while the more modern turbocharged 1.0-litre TSI can manage up to 51.4mpg, beating the 50.4mpg posted by the 99bhp Ford Fiesta EcoBoost. These are decent figures, and should represent affordable real-world motoring, but the latest Renault Clio is even more impressive, managing up to 54.3mpg with its 1.0-litre TCe 100 engine.

Company-car drivers may be inclined to favour a diesel Ibiza for reasons of fuel economy, but the 94bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine is in a lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) band. The diesel is also around £2,000 more expensive to buy (translating to roughly £60 a month more on PCP finance), so you’ll need to cover a huge number of miles to start reaping the rewards of increased efficiency.

All SEAT Ibizas will cost £150 a year to 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 sits in group three, while Ibizas with the turbocharged 1.0-litre engine start in group eight, rising to 12 for the 113bhp FR trim and 14 for the FR Sport spec. The diesel sits in group 11.

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.

Servicing

Fixed-price servicing plans cost around £16 a month (for 24 months) for three years two years/20,000 miles of maintenance, or around £400 upfront.

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