SEAT Ibiza review - Engines, performance and drive
With punchy three-cylinder TSI engines and a sweet, balanced chassis, the SEAT Ibiza offers plenty of character
The SEAT Ibiza engine range focuses around a selection of punchy petrol units. The three-cylinder petrol engines suit the car well, while the 1.5 TSI four-cylinder powerplant, that gave the car a bit of added zip, is no longer available.
Go for any of the 1.0-litre engines and you'll notice a characteristic three-cylinder thrum under acceleration. However, at cruising speeds, the engine is almost entirely inaudible and smooth, too. The 108bhp TSI is a great all-rounder and we think it's the best bet if you're going to be regularly carrying passengers or luggage.
Handling is strong, with the Ibiza feeling much like a down-sized Leon from behind the wheel. There's very little body roll and while the ride is firm, it isn't uncomfortable. The brakes are strong, too. If you need an auto, a seven-speed DSG double-clutch auto is available on the 108bhp 1.0-litre car for an extra £1,120.
Engines, 0-60 acceleration and top speed
The entry-level 79bhp (80PS) non-turbo MPI engine is good enough around town, but it's the more powerful units that feel better suited to longer motorway miles. We really like the 94bhp (95PS) turbo model, which offers decent acceleration in-gear. The Ibiza feels brisk enough away from standstill, too, and the higher-powered 108bhp (110PS) DSG car will sprint from 0-62mph in a reasonable 10 seconds. The 1.0-litre 94 bhp version delivers a 0-62mph time of 10.9 seconds, but the lethargic MPI unit offers a much slower 15.3 seconds.
In this review
- 1SEAT Ibiza reviewThe SEAT Ibiza includes great on-board tech and sets a very high standard in the supermini class
- 2Engines, performance and drive - currently readingWith punchy three-cylinder TSI engines and a sweet, balanced chassis, the SEAT Ibiza offers plenty of character
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe SEAT Ibiza 1.0-litre models promise good fuel economy and reasonable CO2 emissions
- 4Interior, design and technologySharp exterior lines carry over to the spacious interior, while the SEAT Ibiza features new on-board tech
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe SEAT Ibiza supermini boasts great space for both passengers and their luggage
- 6Reliability and SafetyBuyers will feel reassured by the excellent standard safety kit, while the SEAT Ibiza should prove to be reliable