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Should you buy a SEAT Ibiza?

The SEAT Ibiza has grown up. It looks fantastic, has a well-specified interior with genuine space for four, plus a comprehensive selection of frugal yet nippy engines to choose from. What’s more, it’s keenly priced and offers one of the best drives in the supermini class - no longer does the Ford Fiesta have it sewn up.

Finance will be key for Ibiza buyers, and SEAT is keen to point out that the new model is barely any more expensive than the car it replaced, with tempting finance deposit contributions and reasonable monthly payments. This is aided by the fact you can't add options if buying new. If you want a new car with a certain amount of kit, you get a particular model. This helps residual values, which helps keep monthly payments competitive.

If keeping costs down is a priority, then the entry-level 1.0 MPI 80 Ibiza makes most sense, especially if you’re not bothered about how much equipment your car comes with and if you never venture out of town. We think it’s worth paying a bit more for a 95hp 1.0 TSI, though, as it’s a much better all-rounder that actually costs less to run, despite its power advantage. It also comes in more desirable trim levels, which hold their value better and will be more in demand if and when you come to sell it later on.

The best option for business drivers is one of the 1.0 TSI engines. While the 115hp is better on the motorway, the 95hp is in a lower BIK tax band, which is what it’s all about for company car drivers. It’s also available across the range, so you can opt for whichever trim level you desire. There are no plans for a full-bore Ibiza Cupra, so the FR Sport will be the best option for those wanting more performance from their Ibiza, thanks to its sharp styling and stiffer suspension.

However, the SEAT needs to compete with newer rivals - the Peugeot 208 and Renault Clio both offer stuff competition thanks to sharp looks and the interiors to match. 

Read more: We ran a SEAT Ibiza FR for six months

SEAT Ibiza rear view