Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

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

Petrol engines 6.5 - 8.4 mpp
Diesel engines 8.0 - 9.2 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.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 42.2 - 54.3 mpg
Diesel engines 53.3 - 61.4 mpg
  • Petrol line-up is a frugal one
  • Turbocharged 1.0 is the best
  • CO2 emissions kept low

How much is it going to cost to run?

Running a SEAT Ibiza won’t cost you an arm and a leg, even if you choose one of the quicker versions available. Servicing and running costs are well contained, while all engines delivery excellent fuel economy.

MPG and CO2

  • 1.0 MPI 80hp: 47.1-53.3mpg, 121-127g/km CO2
  • 1.0 TSI 95hp: 47.9-54.3mpg, 117-124g/km CO2
  • 1.0 TSI 110hp: 46.3-52.3mpg, 123-124g/km CO2
  • 1.0 TSI 110hp DSG: 44.1-47.9mpg,133-135g/km CO2

What’s worth noting is the 1.0-litre MPI 80hp will need to work harder, so you might not get as close to the claimed figures as you might hope.

If you want maximum mpg, you'll have to seek a used example for the diesel engine, but these claimed up to 58.9mpg.

Servicing and maintenance

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 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 80 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.

How reliable is it?

  • 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 was the first model to be built on the VW Group’s smaller 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.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £155
Insurance group 2 - 19
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