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Parkers overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 4.6

Running costs

4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • Petrol line-up is a frugal one
  • Turbocharged 1.0s the best
  • CO2 emissions kept low

Running a SEAT Ibiza won’t cost you an arm and a leg, even if you choose one of the quicker versions available.

In terms of fuel economy, until the 1.6 TDI diesels arrive, your best bet is one of the 1.0-litre TSI units. Both the 95hp and 115hp versions return up to 60.1mpg on the combined cycle, while the 1.0-litre MPI 75hp isn’t far behind at 57.6mpg. What’s worth noting is that you’ll need to work the slower car harder, so you might not get as close to the claimed figures as you might hope.

Service plans are available to keep on top of your SEAT Ibiza’s running costs, payable in one lump sum or in monthly instalments, but paying for them on a one-off basis as and when it’s needed shouldn’t prove too costly.

Insurance is likely to be an important factor for Ibiza buyers, especially as it tends to be a model favoured by younger drivers. As such, entry-level 1.0-litre MPI 75 models fall into insurance group 5E, while 1.0 TSI 95 Ibizas are slightly higher in group 11E and 12E depending on the model. Move up to the 115hp 1.0 TSI you’ll step up to group 15E for insurance.

SEAT knows its audience, though, launching the Ibiza with a free insurance offer, which immediately makes it more competitive not only for younger buyers, but anyone looking for a good deal.   

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 109p £826 - £869 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions. Fuel prices are updated daily.

Ongoing running costs

Servicing period Will need servicing every 10,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first
Warranty Three years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first
Road tax (12 months) £140
Insurance group 5 - 15
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.

Green credentials

4.5 out of 5 4.5

SEAT Ibiza emissions are low pretty much across the range, with the 1.0 TSI units providing the lowest figures.

The 95hp version emits just 106g/km of CO2, while the 115hp model is only fractionally higher at 108g/km.

It’s the entry-level 1.0 MPI with the highest tailpipe emissions at 112g/km, but even that is relatively low in the grand scheme of things.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
1.0 TSI (95ps) Petrol 106 g/km (Min) £140
1.0 MPI (75ps) Petrol,
1.5 TSI (150ps) Petrol
112 g/km (Max) £140


4 out of 5 4.0
  • SEAT Ibiza feels solidly built, if not the highest quality
  • All-new from the ground up, it should prove reliable
  • Time will tell if it’s a dependable car

SEAT Ibiza reliability is a bit of an unknown quantity as it’s an all-new car. It’s the first model to be built on the VW Group’s new MQB A0 platform, but SEAT sees this as a good thing that there’s confidence in it to do well under their name.

There’s good reason to expect strong reliability, though, as elsewhere in the range the Leon is proving to be a dependable car, while technology used – from engines to touchscreens – is proving reliable in various forms.

Car checklist problem points

Body No problems reported.
Engine / gearbox No problems reported.
Other No problems reported.

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