10. SEAT Ibiza

SEAT Ibiza FR front cornering

The SEAT Ibiza offers many of the talents of its VW Polo cousin at a lower price. And many buyers will be drawn in by the sharper, sportier looks of the five-door and three-door SC.

Both models deliver on their promise with agile handling, albeit with a rather firm ride. And they make decent use of their dimensions to deliver a generous amount of interior space. Boot size compares well with other superminis, too, at 292 litres or 554 litres with the rear seats folded. The cabin can’t quite match a VW Polo for quality, but will stand up to the rigours of daily use without any problems.

• SEAT Ibiza review

For the best fuel consumption and lowest road tax bills, go for an Ecomotive diesel. These promise 80.7mpg economy and 92g/km emissions. Just don’t discount the TSI petrol versions, many of which are cheaper to buy and won’t cost that much more to run.

If a low insurance group is a priority, pick one of the entry-level cars, although even the high-performance Ibiza FR won’t attract especially high premiums. And service intervals of 10,000 miles across the range round out a tempting financial package.

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