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SEAT Ibiza review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs

All 1.0-litre models promise good fuel economy, but high-mileage drivers should look towards the diesel

No matter which SEAT Ibiza you go for, you can rest assured you'll be driving one of the most economical cars on the road. The range of 1.0 petrol and 1.6 diesel engines offer good economy, even under the latest WLTP test procedure, thanks to standard-fit stop-start across the range and a range of other efficiency measures.

Starting with the 1.0 MPI, this engine has a best quoted economy figure of 52.3mpg, which is on a par with the more powerful 1.0 TSI 95PS and demonstrates how much harder the 79bhp unit has to work to get the Ibiza moving.

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Moving on to the 1.0 TSI turbo three-cylinder engines, economy for the 94bhp version is quoted at 51.4mpg. The most powerful three-cylinder car is only slightly less fuel efficient, with the 113bhp version claimed to deliver a best of 48.7mpg, although adding the DSG auto harms fuel economy slightly, with a worst of 45.6-44.8mpg, depending on trim levelThe 1.6 TDI diesel has claimed fuel economy of up to 60.1mpg, so isn't as far ahead of the petrol engines as it was under the NEDC test regime. However, all of these figures will be dependant on spec, as fitting larger wheels, accessories or going for a higher trim with more kit (thus adding weight) will have a negative impact on economy.

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Emissions for the Ibiza range from 111g/km for the DSG-equipped 1.0 TSI 115PS in Xcellence trim to 98g/km for the diesel.. The most efficient petrol is the 1.0 TSI 95PS, at 1045g/km across all trim levels.


The SEAT Ibiza would be a great choice as a first car, although the 1.0 MPI SE is the only model with a really low insurance rating, in Group 3. The rest of the range spans groups 8-14, with the Xcellence getting the highest insurance rating courtesy of its standard-fit LED headlights, which will be more complex to repair in the event of an accident.


Residual values for the SEAT Ibiza are in the 35-42 per cent bracket, which isn't amazing really. In comparison, the Skoda Fabia, which uses slightly older tech under the skin, is in the 36-43 per cent range, while the VW Polo, which uses the same running gear and tech as the Ibiza, is solidly in the 39-44 per cent bracket.


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