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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0


  • Sporty image
  • Affordable running costs
  • Characterful turbocharged petrol engine
  • Neat handling
  • Economical TDI available


  • Petrol only available with a sequential automatic gearbox


Sitting between the standard Ibiza range and the high performance Cupra is the FR model. It has similarly sporty styling to the Cupra with large bumpers and 17-inch alloys, but unlike the quickest model, the FR is available with both three and five doors, making it more practical for family buyers. It's available with the same twin charged 1.4 TSI engine and although power is reduced to 150bhp (compared to 180bhp in the Cupra) it still pulls strongly from low revs. It's good to drive too with stiffened sports suspension and sharp steering, but what may surprise many is the lack of a manual gearbox on the petrol. Instead it only available with a sequential DSG gearbox which isn't quite as enjoyable to use as a manual. However, in 2010 an impressively economical TDI version was added to the line-up which uses a slick six-speed manual gearbox.

What owners say about this car

I've used 4 Ibizas for my driving school. Two 1.4 petrols (non-turbo) and two 1.2tsi (turbo petrols) . Wow, the... Read owner review

I'd recommend the ibiza for someone looking for this sized car, certainly isn't the best car I've ever owned but... Read owner review

Couldn't find anything practical about the car the boot couldn't even hold a set of golf clubs let... Read owner review

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