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Total cash price £15,699. Borrowing £12,559 with a £3,140 deposit at a representative APR of 12.9%.

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SEAT Ibiza buying guide

Depending on spec, the SEAT Ibiza is an affordable choice. The result is sharp design, affordable running costs, fun driving dynamics and a comparatively spacious interior. No wonder the Ibiza’s long been one of SEAT’s best-selling cars. Read on to discover more about the SEAT Ibiza…

What SEAT Ibiza trim levels are there?

Six trim levels are available to Ibiza buyers, but they’re easy to pick between. SE comes first, and gets air con, alloy wheels, DAB radio and Bluetooth, while SE Technology adds a bigger screen with sat nav and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

FR has a sporty styling pack that really suits the Ibiza, including 17-inch alloy wheels, tinted rear windows and a pointier body kit. You also get cruise control, driving modes and rain-sensing wipers. Some FRs get LED headlights, too, while these are standard on FR Sport – and this trim also gets 18-inch wheels, digital dials and microsuede upholstery.

Xcellence and Xcellence Lux are SEAT’s premium trims. Both come with chrome window trim, two-zone climate control and keyless entry, while the latter also gets a rear-view camera, adaptive cruise control and those sharp digital instruments.

SEAT Ibiza interior and technology

You could argue that the exterior design flair doesn’t quite translate to the interior, but the Ibiza still has plenty going for it when you step inside. There’s just the right amount of chrome trim to stop it feeling dark, while high-spec cars get either sporty red stitching or a leather-effect dashboard. The cheaper plastics lower down are what you’ll get in most cars at this price point. The steering wheel and the gearstick both feel great to use.

SEAT’s infotainment system is really easy to operate, especially with the shortcut tabs on each side of the screen. We’d go for a version with the bigger screen, because it looks very smart.

The Ibiza was facelifted in 2021, with the most noticeable changes being inside. Post-facelift cars get a large touchscreen on top of the dashboard, in line with the latest SEAT Leon. The touchscreen gets a tech boost courtesy of SEAT’s most recent infotainment system.

SEAT Ibiza engine range explained

(Most popular!) SEAT Ibiza 1.0 TSI petrol

The turbocharged TSI petrols are the perfect companion for the Ibiza and its sporty driving feel. Both 95hp and 110hp engines feel perky and light, with the latter offering slightly improved performance without reducing fuel economy. Over 50mpg is easily doable, especially on longer runs at a steady speed – and that’s without the hybrid tech you get in a Ford Fiesta. These engines have plenty of power for motorway speeds.

SEAT Ibiza 1.0 MPI petrol

If cheap insurance is a priority, the Ibiza’s non-turbocharged petrol engine is the one to hunt out. Additionally, this engine is more than capable of darting around town, and doing so very efficiently. Again, you can expect to see more than 50mpg.

SEAT Ibiza 1.6 TDI diesel

With the petrol engines being so efficient, they make sense for most buyers. But if you’re regularly up and down the country, it could still be worth hunting out a diesel Ibiza. The 95hp diesel officially manages up to 61mpg, although the lower cost of filling up with petrol could negate any savings.

Your SEAT Ibiza questions answered

Older versions were available with three or five doors, but the latest Ibiza is exclusively available with a five-door bodystyle. The latest model has a longer wheelbase (the gap between the front and rear wheels) than its predecessor, so there’s generous interior space for such a compact car and one of the biggest boots in its class.

Like a lot of its rivals, which include the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa, the SEAT Ibiza is a little over four metres long. Parking the Ibiza should be a walk in the, er, park, especially on models with reversing sensors.

But the Ibiza packs a lot into its compact dimensions. As we just touched on, the sporty SEAT has plenty of space for four adults, and a comparatively big boot. At 355 litres, the Ibiza is only trumped by the latest Skoda Fabia and some versions of the Renault Clio, so it’s a really practical choice. There’s enough room for a big weekly shop or a pushchair.

The latest examples of the fifth-generation Ibiza are available with 1.0-litre petrol engines in 80hp, 95hp and 110hp states of tune. Earlier examples are also available with the 1.5-litre TSI Evo petrol engine, and two versions of the 1.6-litre turbodiesel. Most have a manual gearbox, but higher-spec models might just get the dual-clutch DSG gearbox.

Reliability surveys have returned mixed results for the Ibiza. There are no widespread reports of common problems, but owners aren't always blown away by the quality of some of the materials lurking in the corners of the cabin.

Nevertheless, SEAT is a mass-market brand and its models share from the vast VW-Group parts bin, so replacements should be readily available and reasonably affordable.

You can add an extended warranty to your car for extra peace of mind. This kicks in once the factory coverage runs out and protects from unexpected repair bills.

Overall, the Ibiza is a really impressive package. It's one of the most spacious options in this class with properly useable passenger and cargo space, and is both fun and easy to drive.

It could be a little more refined and comfortable on longer journeys, and you'll find the closely related Volkswagen Polo feels a little more upmarket inside, but the Ibiza's value and practicality make it a strong choice in this segment.

Yes, we think the Ibiza makes a good choice as a first car. It's practical and easy to drive, plus more recent models get automatic emergency braking as standard.

Insurance groups are low – group 4 or less – provided you avoid the TSI turbocharged engines and stick with the entry-level 1.0-litre version.

SEAT Ibiza cars can be cheap to insure as long as you choose the right version. This mainly means avoiding the turbocharged TSI and TDI engines, and sticking with the entry-level 1.0-litre petrol. Non-turbo versions mostly sit around insurance group 4, putting them among the cheapest cars in the UK to cover.

Insurance rates for TSI and TDI versions are still low compared to the average car, with most turbo models rated between insurance groups 8 and 12. Most drivers will find these versions fairly affordable to insure, but these slightly higher groupings might make it difficult to get coverage for a first-time driver.