SEAT Ibiza review - Engines, performance and drive
With a punchy three-cylinder TSI engine and a sweet, balanced chassis, the SEAT Ibiza offers plenty of character
The SEAT Ibiza engine range is now centred around a 1.0-litre TSI, three-cylinder petrol engine offering two different power outputs. The three-pot suits the car well, which is fortunate because the 1.5 TSI four-cylinder powerplant that gave the car a bit of added zip, is no longer available.
You'll notice a characteristic three-cylinder thrum under acceleration, although at cruising speeds, the engine is almost entirely inaudible and smooth. 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 around an extra £1,100.
0-62mph acceleration and top speed
The entry-level 79bhp (80PS) non-turbo MPI engine is no longer available to buy from new. If you do pick up a used example you'll find it's good enough around town, although a lethargic 0-62mph time of 15.3 seconds may put off some.
It's the more powerful units that feel better suited to driving on the motorway. We really like the 94bhp (95PS) turbo model; delivering a 0-62mph time of 10.9 seconds it offers decent acceleration in-gear, while feeling brisk enough away from standstill, too.
The higher-powered 108bhp (110PS) DSG car will sprint from 0-62mph in a reasonable 10.3 seconds - helped by its 200Nm of available torque from 2,000rpm.
In this review
- 1SEAT Ibiza reviewThe SEAT Ibiza includes great on-board tech and still sets a high standard in the supermini class
- 2Engines, performance and drive - currently readingWith a punchy three-cylinder TSI engine and a sweet, balanced chassis, the SEAT Ibiza offers plenty of character
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe SEAT Ibiza 1.0-litre model promises good fuel economy and reasonable CO2 emissions
- 4Interior, design and technologySharp exterior lines carry over to the spacious interior, while the Ibiza features decent 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