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SEAT Ibiza review - Engines, performance and drive

Three-cylinder engines are smooth, punchy and characterful, and the chassis is sweet

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. It's a great all-rounder and the 108bhp TSI is the one we'd recommend to most buyers.

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.

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