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4 out of 5 4.0
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
SEAT Ibiza FR (09-17) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £13,995 - £18,570
Used price £1,960 - £10,225
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
View pre-2017 economy specs
Road tax cost £0 - £160
Insurance group 12 - 24 How much is it to insure?

PROS

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

CONS

  • Petrol only available with a sequential automatic gearbox

SEAT Ibiza FR rivals

Abarth
500
4.5 out of 5 4.5
Alfa Romeo
Mito
3 out of 5 3.0

Written by David Ross on

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.

SEAT Ibiza FR rivals

Abarth
500
4.5 out of 5 4.5
Alfa Romeo
Mito
3 out of 5 3.0

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