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SEAT Ibiza review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

The SEAT Ibiza 1.0-litre model promises good fuel economy and reasonable CO2 emissions

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

MPG, CO2 and Running Costs Rating

4.2 out of 5

Price
£19,695 to £25,440
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The SEAT Ibiza 1.0 TSI petrol engine offers good economy, even under the latest WLTP test procedure, thanks to a standard-fit stop-start function and a range of other efficiency measures.

The 1.0 MPI is no longer offered fro new, but 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.

Maximum economy (on the combined cycle) for the TSI 94bhp version is quoted at 54.3mpg, with the most powerful 108bhp car returning 52.3mpg in manual form and 48.7mpg 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.

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CO2 emissions range from 119g/km for the 1.0-litre TSI SE version, to 134g/km for the 108bhp TSI variant in Xcellence Lux trim.

Insurance

The SEAT Ibiza would be a great choice as a first car, although the (now discontinued) 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.

Depreciation

Residual values for the SEAT Ibiza are in the 42-47 per cent bracket after three-years and 36,000-miles, with higher-spec models performing the strongest.

In comparison, the Skoda Fabia is a similar performer, while a VW Polo should hold onto 47 per cent of its original list price after the same three-year period.

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 MPI SE 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £19,000

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.0 TSI 95 SE 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £19,450

Fastest

  • Name
    1.0 TSI 115 FR 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £22,245
Executive editor

Paul was employed across automotive agency and manufacturer-side sectors before joining Auto Express in 2020 as our online reviews editor. After a brief sojourn at a national UK newspaper, Paul returned as executive editor where he now works closely with our commercial partners.

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