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SEAT Ibiza hatchback - Reliability & safety

The SEAT Ibiza benefits from tried and tested parts, so it should be safe and reliable

Carbuyer Rating

4.2 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.0 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

Because the SEAT Ibiza shares so many parts with other VW Group cars, everything's tried and tested and therefore it should be reliable. Safety is no concern, either, as the Ibiza boasts a full five-star Euro NCAP score.

SEAT Ibiza reliability

The SEAT Ibiza came 58th out of 75 models in our 2021 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, with an average rating for reliability and build quality. Owners rated its value for money most highly of all and they also loved the exterior styling. The interior was less well received, however, so the facelift could help improve matters here.

We’d like to think that the latest model will be mostly trouble-free – it certainly feels as if SEAT has made considerable progress when it comes to build quality – it feels very well screwed together, and shrugs off bumps in the road effectively. As a brand, SEAT came 15th out of 29 manufacturers - above its Volkswagen (17th) and Audi (32rd) stablemates - and a near-average proportion of owners reported faults in the first year.

Safety

Safety regulations mean all Ibizas come with electronic stability control, ISOFIX child seat points and a tyre pressure monitoring system, but SEAT has gone beyond fitting just mandatory systems, as all Ibizas come with Front Assist. This is a proprietary name for autonomous emergency braking (AEB), which means the Ibiza uses radars to scan for potential obstacles and pedestrians, warning the driver if one is spotted, and applying the brakes if no action is taken to avoid it. Safety experts reckon AEB reduces rear-end collisions by as much as 38%, so the fact the Ibiza gets it as standard is reassuring.

Higher-spec trims also include a fatigue warning system that encourages a break if symptoms of tiredness are detected, and active cruise control, which can match your car’s speed to traffic ahead.

This equipment contributed towards the Ibiza's impressive five-star Euro NCAP crash-test result, while its 95% score in the adult occupant protection category shows what a strong little car it is.

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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