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SEAT Ibiza ST estate performance options revolve around a set of petrol and diesel engines.

Petrol engines

The 1.4-litre non-turbo petrol engine remains the most popular choice in the Ibiza ST estate, as it is in the hatch models. It offers 84bhp working through its five-speed manual gearbox to give 0-62mph in 12.4 seconds. The 1.4 is a much better choice than the 69bhp 1.2, which is too short on puff for most estate car duties. Rounding off the engine range are the 1.2- and 1.4-litre TSI turbo petrols with 104- and 148bhp. The 1.2 can be had with either a five-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission, each offering similar acceleration and relaxed cruising. Opt for the 1.4 TSI and it only comes with a seven-speed DSG ’box and nippy 0-62mph time of 8.0 seconds. All of the engines are quiet, making the Ibiza ST a good choice for long distance trips.

Diesel engines

The 1.4 petrol engine may be popular, but a number of ST buyers choose the diesel options for their added lugging power. The punchy 1.6-litre turbodiesel has 104bhp at its disposal to serve up 0-62mph in 10.9 seconds. As the larger of the two diesel engines on offer, it also feels quick and relaxed working through its five-speed manual transmission. The 74bhp 1.2-litre turbodiesel engine suits the Ibiza ST well and comes in Ecomotive and standard forms to give 0-62mph in 14.6- and 14.9 seconds respectively. Not only is the Ecomotive model a little nippier, it’s also superbly frugal with 80.7mpg compared to the standard versions perfectly decent 70.6mpg. The Ecomotive is also easy on emissions with an output of 92g/km, while the standard 1.2 diesel offers 105g/km. Every diesel engine in the Ibiza ST range stays hushed on the move other than when accelerating hard.

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If fuel economy is your sole motivation, the Ecomotive engine is a good choice, but we’d take the 1.6-litre turbodiesel for its greater suitability to estate car needs while still offering fine economy and low emissions.

Perhaps it is no surprise the Ibiza estate drives and feels like a bigger, heavy version of the hatch. It’s still decent to drive, but enthusiastic drivers might miss some of the three- and five-door’s agility. As small estates go, though, we can think of nothing that drives as well: a Skoda Fabia feels slightly cumbersome in comparison. The Ibiza’s FR trim improves things even further by adding sport suspension that reduces body roll and sharpens up steering responses.