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. 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.
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.
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.
In this review
- 1SEAT Ibiza reviewThe SEAT Ibiza includes great on-board tech and sets a very high standard in the supermini class
- 2Engines, performance and driveWith punchy three-cylinder TSI engines and a sweet, balanced chassis, the SEAT Ibiza offers plenty of character
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe SEAT Ibiza 1.0-litre models promise good fuel economy and reasonable CO2 emissions
- 4Interior, design and technologySharp exterior lines carry over to the spacious interior, while the SEAT Ibiza features new 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