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SEAT Ibiza hatchback - 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

3.0 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. The turbocharged petrol is just as efficient as the equivalent Ford Fiesta too.

SEAT Ibiza MPG & CO2

The entry-level 79bhp 1.0-litre engine officially returns up to 53.3mpg, while the more modern turbocharged 1.0-litre TSI can manage up to 54.3mpg. These are decent figures, and should represent affordable real-world motoring, while even speccing the 108bhp petrol with the optional automatic only reduces the fuel economy down to 48.7mpg.

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 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, while the Toyota Yaris has a warranty that can last for up to 10 years.

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.

Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 MPI SE 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £16,930

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.0 TSI 95 SE 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £17,380

Fastest

  • Name
    1.0 TSI 110 FR 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £20,135

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