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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Running costs

4 out of 5 4.0

The Ibiza is an affordable buy used, especially the smaller engines models. It also offers low insurance ratings and good fuel economy, particularly with the Ecomotive diesel. It's a sought-after used car, so second hand values are actually quite firm. That's good news if you're selling when you consider that you'll have paid comparatively less for it in the first place.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 116p £1,122 - £1,507 *
Diesel 118p £725 - £1,052 *

* 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.

Ongoing running costs

Servicing period Every 10,000 miles.
Warranty Three year/60,000 miles.
Road tax (12 months) £0 - £280
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Insurance group 5 - 30
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

The SEAT Ibiza Ecomotive is one of the greenest cars on sale – and it’s free to tax as a result. It borrows the 1.4-litre diesel engine and technology used in the equally eco-friendly Volkswagen Polo Bluemotion and both models produce 99g/km CO2. Fuel economy is also astoundingly good - the Ecomotive returns 74mpg. The rest of the Ibiza range can’t quite measure up, though the standard 1.4-litre TDI does emit relatively low levels of CO2 (124g/km) and manages 61mpg.

Green conscious buyers should give the sporty 1.8-litre Ibiza FR a miss, as it has almost double the emissions and less than half the fuel economy of the Ecomotive.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
1.4 TDi Diesel 99 g/km (Min) £0
1.8 20V T Petrol 192 g/km (Max) £280


4.5 out of 5 4.5

Thanks to the use of proven Volkswagen mechanicals owners can expect a high standard of reliability. No teething problems have been reported so far, although plastics tend to mark quite easily.

Car checklist problem points

Body No problems reported.
Engine / gearbox Two recalls in 2005 - one where cracks may occur on the vacuum pipe to the brake servo and a second where bolts on the fuel pump may break.
Other A recall where the head airbag may fail to activate in a collision.

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