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SEAT Ibiza review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

The Ibiza 1.0-litre models promise good fuel economy and reasonable CO2 emissions

The SEAT Ibiza 1.0 petrol 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 53.3mpg, which is pretty much on a par with the more powerful 1.0 TSI and demonstrates how much harder the 79bhp unit has to work to get the Ibiza moving.

Economy for the TSI 94bhp version is quoted at 54.3mpg, with the most powerful 108bhp car returning 52.3mpg in manual form and 47.9mpg when paired with the seven-speed DSG auto. 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.

CO2 emissions range from 117g/km for the 1.0-litre TSI SE version, to 135g/km for the 108bhp TSI variant in Xcellence Lux trim.


The SEAT Ibiza would be a great choice as a first car, although the 1.0 MPI SE and SE Technology versions are the only ones with a really low insurance rating, in Group 3. The rest of the range spans groups 9-13.


Residual values for the SEAT Ibiza are in the 37-40% bracket after three-years and 36,000-miles. In comparison, the Skoda Fabia performs similarly as a used buy, while the VW Polo range is a better bet in terms of depreciation, with versions holding onto around 43-49% of their original list price.

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