Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

Should you buy one?

Yes. The SEAT Ibiza is good value in its latest form and feels very grown-up to drive without losing the sense of fun you expect in a small car. It 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, and is up there with the Parkers award-winning Renault Clio and Peugeot 208 for desirability.

Finance is the key for Ibiza buyers, and is available 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.

What we like

The engines are all willing and economical and the long-distance comfort is excellent. Interior is roomy and the latest updates improve it where it was needed – infotainment and usability.

What we don't like

There's very little to criticise the SEAT Ibiza for. The interior quality is a little sub-optimal in places, and some of the coloured trim looks too cheap and cheerful for our liking.

Which SEAT Ibiza is best for you?

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.

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