Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 43 - 56 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

Insurance costs are reasonable, with groups ranging from four for 1.4 S models, to seven for the 128bhp 1.9 TDi. Fuel economy is good too, with the diesel engines both returning over 50mpg (the 1.4-litre petrol manages a commendable 43pmg). Service intervals are every 10,000 miles, which is average.

Cordoba performs very well on the eco front. With an average of 145 g/km CO2 across the model line-up, its emissions are comparably low for a small family saloon. However, it's worth noting that the line up has a high number of diesel models, bringing the average down and giving buyers more choices of low-emission versions. Diesels typically produce less CO2 than petrol engines with similar power outputs.

Eco-conscious buyers should consider the 1.9-litre diesel, which is one of the greenest models in the range. The range is very frugal, averaging 51 mpg.

We’ve heard of few problems so far, although SEAT has issued two recalls - one for a fuel pump cover fault and another for a cracked vacuum pipe. Interior plastics seem a little flimsy and tend to mark quite easily, so the cabin may not withstand the test of time. Check for interior family wear-and-tear before buying.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £150 - £205
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Insurance group 9 - 15
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