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SEAT Ibiza review - Reliability and safety

Buyers will feel reassured by the excellent standard safety kit, while the SEAT Ibiza should prove to be reliable

SEAT has had a mixed time of things in our Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. Over the years, the maker has never raised itself out of the bottom half of the manufacturer ranking, Things have improved a little recently, however, with SEAT finishing 15th out of 30 manufacturers in the 2021 Driver Power poll of best brands.

On the safety front, the SEAT Ibiza is a safe place to be. Every model gets airbags for the driver and front passenger, plus side and curtain bags, too. There are active front head restraints, autonomous emergency braking and electronic stability systems, while an impressive roster of big-car safety options include tiredness recognition, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection with auto brake, a reversing camera and parking sensors front and rear.

All of this was enough for Euro NCAP to award the Ibiza a five-star safety rating when it tested the Ibiza in 2017. This included a 95% score for adult occupant protection.

Warranty

As with rivals and other members of the VW group, a new SEAT will be covered by a three-year manufacturer warranty with a 60,000-mile limit. This is very average for the class, and well behind the five and seven-year warranties offered by the likes of Hyundai, Toyota and Kia. SEAT does offer an extended warranty option, however.

Servicing

Service intervals are every year or 10,000 miles, whichever is sooner. SEAT offers fixed price servicing plans for cars purchased from new, along with separate plans for vehicles over 1 year-old and between 3 and 15 years-old.

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