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SEAT Ibiza review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

The Ibiza 1.0-litre models promise good fuel economy and decent 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 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.

Economy for the TSI 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 49.6mpg, although adding the DSG auto harms fuel economy slightly, with a maximum of 47.9mpg, depending on trim level. 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 122g/km for the entry-level 1.0-litre MPI SE version, to 139g/km for the 113bhp TSI variant in FR trim.

Insurance

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.

Depreciation

Residual values for the SEAT Ibiza, after 3-years and 36,000-miles, are in the 35-44% bracket. In comparison, the VW Polo, which uses the same running gear and tech as the Ibiza, performs just slightly better, while the Skoda Fabia is down on both rivals with an average of just 36% retained over the same period.

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