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, although a 15th-place finish out of 30 manufacturers in the 2021 Driver Power poll of best brands was more encouraging. However, results in 2022 saw a slip back to 17th spot, with a lowly 23rd position achieved in 2023.
The SEAT Ibiza is a safe place to be, with every model featuring an autonomous emergency braking function, Lane Assist and a tiredness recognition system. SEAT does offer two individual safety packs at extra cost, with the most comprehensive option (£395) featuring adaptive cruise control, high beam assist, a road sign display and a lane keeping system with traffic jam assist.
Euro NCAP awarded the Ibiza a five-star safety rating in 2022. This included an 83 per cent score for adult occupant protection and 82 per cent for child passenger safety.
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 and Kia. SEAT does offer an extended warranty option, however.
Service intervals are every year or 10,000 miles, whichever is sooner, while SEAT offers fixed price service plans to help manage maintenance costs.
In this review
- 1SEAT Ibiza reviewThe SEAT Ibiza includes great on-board tech and still sets a high standard in the supermini class
- 2Engines, performance and driveWith a punchy three-cylinder TSI engine and a sweet, balanced chassis, the SEAT Ibiza offers plenty of character
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe SEAT Ibiza 1.0-litre model promises good fuel economy and reasonable CO2 emissions
- 4Interior, design and technologySharp exterior lines carry over to the spacious interior, while the Ibiza features decent on-board tech
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe SEAT Ibiza supermini boasts great space for both passengers and their luggage
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingBuyers will feel reassured by the excellent standard safety kit, while the SEAT Ibiza should prove to be reliable