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Parkers overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 4.6

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

Petrol engines 7.3 - 9.0 mpp
Diesel engines 9.1 - 9.9 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.
  • Petrol line-up is a frugal one
  • Turbocharged 1.0 is the best
  • CO2 emissions kept low

2017 SEAT Ibiza start-stop

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 on the petrol engines, your best bet is one of the 1.0-litre TSI units. The 95hp and 115hp versions return up to 52.3 and 48.7mpg respectively, while the 1.0-litre MPI 80hp isn’t far behind at 51.4mpg. 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. The diesel engines are meant to achieve up to 58.9mpg. 

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.

Green credentials

CO2 emissions are low pretty much across the range, with the 1.6 TDI emitting the least at 102g/km. There's little difference between it and the petrols though, with the emissions ranging between 104 and 107g/km depending on the one you pick. The DSG-equipped 115hp TSI emits 111g/km. 

2017 SEAT Ibiza FR front detail

Reliability

  • 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

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.

If you need a bit of peace of mind, the Ibiza comes with a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty

2018 rear seatbelt recall

In May 2018, a recall was issued on the SEAT Ibiza’s centre left rear seatbelt lock – citing that it could unintentionally release during sudden lane changes and when the centre rear and centre rear left are both occupied. To fix the problem, a new belt lock was designed and fitted free of charge to affected vehicles.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £145
Insurance group 2 - 19
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