If keeping costs down is a priority, then the entry-level 1.0 MPI 75 Ibiza makes most sense, especially if you’re not bothered about how much equipment your car comes with and if you never venture out of town. We think it’s worth paying a bit more for a 95hp 1.0 TSI, though, as it’s a much better all-rounder that actually costs less to run, despite its power advantage. It also comes in more desirable trim levels, which hold their value better and will be more in demand if and when you come to sell it later on.
Until the frugal diesels arrive, the best option for business drivers will be one of the 1.0 TSI engines. While the 115hp is better on the motorway, the 95hp is in a lower BIK tax band, which is what it’s all about for company car drivers. It’s also available across the range, so you can opt for whichever trim level you desire.
There are no plans for a full-bore Ibiza Cupra just yet, so the 1.5-litre TSI EVO engine will be the best option for those wanting more performance from their Ibiza. With 150hp, it’ll be no slouch, but even the 115hp 1.0 TSI feels lively, which bodes well for the warmest version.
SEAT Ibiza hatchback model history
- May 2017 – New SEAT Ibiza open for order in the UK, arriving in showrooms in July. Available with a choice of 1.0 MPI 75, 1.0 TSI 95 and 115 engines, it launched with an all-petrol line-up, with a 1.5-litre TSI EVO and 1.6-litre TDI diesel coming later. Trim line-up consists of S, SE, FR and XCellence models.
Buying a new SEAT Ibiza hatchback
- Plenty of SEAT dealers about
- Undergoing a revamp
- Don’t be afraid to haggle
The Ibiza is SEAT’s best-selling model, and with greater appeal than ever in terms of looks, space and equipment, it looks set to continue this trend. The most popular model is expected to be an SE powered by the 1.0-litre TSI engine with 95hp.
This will suit most buyers down to the ground, but if you want something with a bit more street cred, the FR offers looks that are just that little bit sharper. The stylistic additions really add some visual appeal, plus it benefits from a slicker-looking interior for not much extra cash.
Finance will be key for Ibiza buyers, and SEAT is keen to point out that the new model is barely any more expensive than the car it replaced, with tempting finance deposit contributions and reasonable monthly payments. Free insurance is thrown in on some models at launch, too.
It doesn’t make much sense to add too many options to a car of this size because of the price increase, but extras are reasonably priced, such as the LED lights which look great and really boost visibility, while SEAT’s Full Link system (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) and Beats audio system will appeal to techies.
Buying a used SEAT Ibiza hatchback
- Likely to be plenty of choice
- Prices should be reasonable too
- Aim for a higher-spec model
The previous generation Ibiza sold in large volumes, meaning used car stocks are plentiful. It should be the same story for the fifth-generation Ibiza as it holds greater appeal than the old car, so it shouldn’t be long before there are several examples out there to choose from.
We’d aim to find a higher-spec FR model with its sharper looks, while top-trim XCellence are likely to be harder to find. However, these will be appealing for the generous equipment list and strong engine options. SE will likely be the most popular new, so this will be reflected in the used car market. Just make sure whatever you aim for is powered by the 1.0 TSI engine.
Selling your SEAT Ibiza hatchback
- Make sure you ask the right price with a Parkers Valuation
- Construct a detailed and appealing ad to sell your car
- Make yours stand out among the rest
Not only will there be plenty of Ibizas for sale on the used market, but there will also be a colossal number of its competitors vying for sales.
That means you’ll need to make yours stand out from the crowd, so ensure your ad is detailed and comprehensive, with a set of excellent pictures to really show off your car. If you mention any features in particular, back it up with an image, and be as honest as possible when talking about the condition of the car.
To ensure you’re asking the right price, take out a Parkers Valuation to avoid any confusion or wasted time, and when someone comes to view the car, make sure it’s clean and presentable with a full service history present and correct. It could make all the difference.