I owned a SEAT Ibiza 1.4 TSi FR DSG when they first came out in 2009. The small engine has both a supercharger and turbo charger, meaning lots of power (150 bhp) from a small engine.
This, coupled with a 7-speed auto gearbox (with steering wheel paddle shift) made for a very quick car.
Its not as fuel efficient as the small engine might lead you to think, but it is more fuel efficient than other petrol engined cars with a similar power output (usually because they have bigger engines).
The ride was a nice mix between comfort and sporty, with it taking both the bends and the bumps well.
Mine was the 3-door version, so practicality was a little compromised with no rear doors, but the legroom wasn't bad for a car of the size. The boot is also a decent size.
The semi-auto gearbox took a little time to get used to, with the paddle by the steering wheel to change up or down the gears if you don't like the full automatic way.
The car was quite well specced, with climate control as standard. Sat nav was an option, but I didn't go with it, something I should have done.
All in all, its a great little car, but don't let the sales-people tell you its as efficient as a diesel of similar power as it certainly isn't! I managed to average 40mpg, but my previous car was a Lean TDi FR (170bhp), which I managed to average over 50mpg doing the same journeys.
Its a good halfway house between fun and efficiency though
This is a great little car for in the city driving. I've had my Seat Ibiza for the last 3 years and when I purchased it, it was 3 years old with 28,000 miles on the clock. I only do about 8,000 miles a year myself, so it doesn't get pushed too hard, but touch wood, up to now, I have found it to be a great reliable little car.
It's very easy to drive. The gears are light and easy to operate, they just pop in to the chosen gear with ease. I've had an Audi and a Mercedes in the past, both very good quality cars, but both with quite awkward gear boxes!
The power steering is also very responsive and light and is very easy to manoeuvure. Rear view window vision is very good when reversing.
There is ample boot space for me and my two children when we go on holiday to fit in our cases etc.
One very good points is it beeps at you if you open your car door and the lights are still on. Great for those forgetful folk among us, myself included, who sometimes forget to turn the lights off!
It's pretty economical on petrol, getting around 40-45 miles to the galon.
For some reason the windscreen wipers always make an awful noise. Even after trying a couple of times to replace them, thay still do it, so I've given up trying now!
The seatbelts have frayed somewhat and both dials for reclining the seats have broken.
The pipe for where the screen wash comes out of on the front windscreen comes off several times a year and I have to keep fixing it back on again.
Don't expect speed from this car, it's only a 1.4 afterall!
The seats aren't all that comfortable if sat in for any lengt of time and my drivers side seat seems to feel unlevel.
A great, reliable,versatile and simple car to drive about town. Better for short journeys as not the most comfortable car around, but it's economical and easy for parking.
I changed jobs which meant I was losing my company car so I went and purchased a Vauxhall Astra ... worst mistake of my life. The car was constantly breaking down.
Being short on cash I decided to lease a 2012 Seat Ibiza 1.4. What a decision that was! I now have a stunning, reliable car that hasn't missed a beat in 13,000 miles!
For my lease I pay £150 a month and at the end I can either pay £4,000 to keep the car or walk away. I have another 2 years on my lease and if they progress like this last year, I will be keeping the car for years to come!
I opted for the 1.4 model to keep my insurance down, to keep running costs down and to save myself some money on the lease. I haven't been disappointed! I travel roughly 300 miles per week and on average spend £30 on fuel. I average around 55mpg on the motorway and 40 -45mpg city driving.
The thing that shocked me the most was how much "pull" a 1.4 petrol has got. I never find myself struggling to get past a tractor, it has been a great surprise!
I opted for the standard 3 door model with no fancy extras but as standard you get a CD player, AUX port, "media stalk" on the steering wheel, air con and alloy wheels.
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One word ... great! I love how it feels, it feels secure and safe. Compared to my old Astra, the Ibiza feels fun and smooth to drive.
If I could have afforded at the time I would have gone for a higher model with additional features and a larger engine but I am happy with the car and would be happy to keep it after my lease expires in 2 years time!
If you need a reliable car that looks great, go and test drive the Seat Ibiza.
Looking for a car to wow not only you but all your passengers as well
So finally I could afford to get a car that didn't look like I bought it off my grandma, and the one that grabbed my eye for sheer quality was the Ibiza good stuff.
Comfortable seats, stylish interior and the ability to use my phone safely to talk, listen to music and use as a sat nav. The Ibiza came with an mp3 lead which enabled me to use my iphone to play all my music, it was simple to work just plug it in and bam.... My playlist started... I also was seriously impressed with the quality of the Bluetooth hands free. Just press a button to the left of the stearing wheel and a lady asked me what I wanted to do, it was as simple as "call mum" and next thing you know it's dialling, the voice recognition was spot on and was so clear.
The outside of the car is shaped like it was built to impress slick and the metallic paint was the icing on the cake, with the option of different colours, and a free sat nav and iPod I couldn't go wrong, drives like a dream, super efficient and cheap to run I couldn't recommend a better car :)
September came and I decided it was definately time for a new car, I did my research and came across the seat Ibiza 1.4 good stuff! First of all the sheer look of the car drew me in then in started reading the specification, just some of the added extras included cruise control, climate control, fog lights, iPod nano, built in Bluetooth handsfree with voice recognition and a Tom Tom satnav! When I first picked the car up I was amazed at to how beautifullyit drives, is picks speed up well and handles wonderfully, with me being 19 a 1.4 was perfect as it's low in insurance, nippy enough for me and very fuel efficient, on average I get about 325 miles to a full tank which costs me these days £50 but that is due to the high fuel prices! Overall a car that looks nice, drives nice and does exactly what it needs to with a few luxurious extras included to give you them extra comforts on your journeys.
I have had my little Ibiza for a year now - and it is the newest car I've ever had, I must say I do rather enjoy tootling round in Betty (!!).
I drive 20k plus miles a year, so I am really making the car work, I did buy a petrol rather than a diesel and to be honest it has not cost me any extra, and I get on average 48-49 mpg which I feel is fairly good. I fill up once a week at £40-45 which is extortionate, but probably more to do with the price of petrol than the economical value of the car.
Passed its MOT no problem, but, I tend to find the services are more expensive than they have been for previous cars, and with the added mileage I am averaging a service every 6 months at £150-200 a pop, not cheap! But essential to keep it in order (so I keep being told when I want to skip them)
Car tax is general band again at £155 for 12 months (due this month hence why I can be so specific on price!) and I find the insurance very reasonable.
I personally don't find it a problem as I drive quite slowly anyway (like an old lady I have been told) but acceleration is not the best and to pick the speed up you tend to have to really put your foot down and go in lower gears.
All in all I love my car, I think it was great value for money and I think it was pretty!! I would never have chosen anything else - but once I have my head set on one thing I am generally too stubborn to choose anything else!
I have been pleasantly surprised by the performance of this car. Having previously owned a more powerful car I was unsure how I would feel about moving to a smaller engine. I have been thoroughly impressed by the Seat - the new style gives it a sportier look and the low insurance banding makes it very affordable especially for the new driver. The interior is very sleak with a confusing but excellent CD/radio system. It is a nice car to drive and although it takes a bit of acceleration to get up through the gears it certainly holds the road well. It also is very economical with a competitive miles per gallon average and road tax at only around one hundred and twenty pounds per year. All in all I have been very impressed by the new Ibiza and am enjoying nipping around town in this comfortable but equally cool ride.
Having received this car second hand, I was not expecting too much from this little hatch. Coming from the global VW badge, the Seat Ibiza is a sport little car that combines great handling with a spritely 1.4 litre engine. My only concern of the engine is that the torque band is very low and it requires a fair amount of revving to get it up to power, lowering the miles per gallon figure. This aside though, the Ibiza really does give an excellent ride. On motorways, the car is easily able to keep up with traffic and even power past much more powerful cars. It really comes to life on country roads though where the nimble handling and the high gears really come to life and it really it really is a fun car to drive. The interior quality is also fair, if not a little basic with plastic covering all surfaces.
I have had issues with the electrical build quality involving lights coming on intermittently on the dashboard. On two different trips to the dealership, the problem has not been solved even if the staff have tried their utmost. At times, I have also found the ride to be a little stiff, but this is a personal preference.
Overall though, this is an excellent little hatch, good for both cruising and for daily commutes. If you want some fun, this too is a brilliant little car that will not break the bank.
I've had my used Seat for just over 6 months now and have done 6000+ miles in rain, snow, sleet.... the motorway to the narrow mountain roads of North Wales.... So here's what I learnt... Costing me just over £3000 (33K..low mileage) from the Seat dealers, I have got to say it probably wasn't what you'd call a bargain but I do not regret buying it for a second... The GOOD.... Beauty is in the eye of the beholder... so if you like your cutesy, dainty look of the citreon Saxo.... you may find the Seat a tad brutish looking... but it does have a loyal following of people who absolutely love its looks... and it has the biggest Yahoo club membership....I think it looks brilliant... Its got VW overtures but not quite "in your face" that really annoys me about "VW posers".... but under the hood its a VW engine and that cannot be faulted... It runs like a charm.... the 1.4 engine performs really well on the motorway and despite being 5 years old it gives me something like 35 mpg in mixed urban driving... my house-mates' 1yr old 1.1i Saxo gives him less! In wet, snow and sleet... it is really well composed no doubt aided by its wide tyres and despite driving over 400 miles in N. Wales in that record snow fall this winter... I didn't once feel I was going to topple over the edge into the ravine! Other good bits... spacious (cf other small cars..when you're 6ft you need it), comfy seats... not too hard as some motor reviews claimed, Polo-ish interior... if you like minimalism with a dash of style... and an easy to use console, outstanding seating position and all round vision (without having to be a contortionist....Airbag...etc etc. The dealers are absolutely fantastic (Arnold Clark) THE BAD.... Engine Noise!... well it is 5 years old and the newer cars are much better insulated from the engine... but the noise is certainly not too obtrusive... you can still
have a conversation quite comfortably at 70 mph on the motorway...but if you're into listening to every little detail in your music... forget it! Stereo... mines crap...2 speakers suck and they vibrate if you turn the Bass up...not that I do.... good enuf for everyday use though... make sure you put a tape in the player b4 buying the car.... it may chew it up... Rattles and squeaks sometimes...but again within the limits of tolerance. THE UGLY... Not very much can be sited as ugly but... I don't like the indicators and that annoying multicoloured "Salsa" sticker makes it look a tad cress... don't want to remove it because I'm afraid of damaging the paint work! In summary a cracking car which I would highly recommend....
The Seat Ibiza, if basically of Volkswagon, the engine is the same as the Polo, and many of the working parts are also, and so it is very reliable, not only that, it is much cheaper than its counterpart, and so is cheaper to run,service and get parts for, plus, for a younger driver like my the insurance is relaitively cheap, group 4, for a 1.4. The New style Ibiza was introduced to the European market in the Autumn of 1993. Mechanically there is a fundamental similarity to the golf. although there are a number of detailed differences, especially in areas of syling and equipment. For the home Mechanic, Ibiza models are straightforward vehicles to maintain, and most of the items requiring frequent attention are easily accessible. Ive had the car for a year now, ive had no troubles with it, and there seems to be nothing wrong at all, if u keep the car clean and look after it there appears to be no reason why the car cant run and run, and unlike many othercars, it relatively keeps its price tag.
Having owned this car for 6 months or so I am starting to believe that I will stick with Seat for quite a while. The marque is distintly undervalued by the public, and the longer it stays that way the longer we can keep enjoying it's low prices. A fairly young car manufacturer, the first range of cars brought out by Seat, were to be frank, very poor. The components were badly designed and poorly fitted resulting in a dull looking car that rattled and generally didn't compete, except in Spain as the Skoda/Lada equivalent. But in 1992 the Volkswagen Group recognised that Seat had some great factory premises, cheap labour and tax costs and they bought the company. Things were soon turned around. As with all of the current crop of VW group cars they are using as many common parts as possible. This means that design costs are brought down by keeping a common group of components and manufacturing costs are also reduced. So these days if you look under the skin and bonnet of any Seat Ibiza you'll find a polo chassis, golf or polo engine (depending on variant) and thousands of other parts with the VW and Audi stamp on them. Because of this cross-breeding the second generation Seat's are excellent. The handling is lively even in the lower engine sizes due to an injection Polo engine across the range. The injection means that the engine has a little bit more grunt than previous engines of the same size. The 1.4 that I've got is a good balance between being a bit nippy and decent fuel economy. The suspension, again from a Polo, keeps the car feeling slightly on the firm side which means that it doesn't smooth out all of the bumps and dips of the road. But I far prefer this to wallowing around corners as it feels that bit quicker to respond if you need it to. The standard brakes and the majority of the rest of components are again Polo which means that the parts aren't the cheapest in the
market but they last well and shouldn't need constant checking or be subject to too much wear and tear. The interoir trim levels and the decor are up for a little bit of debate. Coming from Spanish interior designers can be a bit dodgy so make sure you choose the more subdued cloth, and trim. Otherwise you'll end up something that looks like a night out in Mallorca. Some of the ones I saw in the pre-1997 age do look somewhat horrid on the inside. A highly patterned seat cloth followed by dodging looking carpet don't make for the best of combinations. But post-1997, and if you can find a special edition pre-1997, they seem to be fine, so just be aware and have a look at the interior. If you feel queesy after 5minutes then chances are you won't like it for 5 years. having said all that I've got a limited edition "Storm". Which has the advantage of being entirely black. Black metallic paint, black trim, plain seats, the works so none of the gaudy interiors for me. The dash is, again, from the Polo, so if you look into a Polo of the same age you'll see exactly the same interior layout. Very clear and well laid out. In terms of price these cars are well placed. Essentially you are buying a Polo, or it's very close, but better looking twin. You have another benefit as well because the Seat's enjoy a far lower insurance bracket than their equivalent VW's. If I had owned the Polo equivalent I would be paying just about double my current insurance price. It's worth investing in some Alloy wheels to smarten up the exterior as many of the models don't have them as factory supplied. And getting a good stereo is a must. The factory supplied one is fine if you don't use it much, but when I'm in the car it's always on, so I've got a Blaupunkt put in. Also worth putting a non-standard alarm and/or an imobiliser. It gives peace of mind and if you spend upwards of £150
on one chances are you won't be replacing broken windows in the future. I have to say that I would absolutely recomend that you take one of these cars on a test drive. At the end of the day everyone wants something personal to them. So try this out. I think it's excellent and I'll be fighting Seats corner until further notice.
Having spent some time driving VW's small car offerings (the polo and lupo) I decided to see what savings could be made by switching to one of VW's other divisons. Seat's ibiza is a polo by another name, if you look hard enough you'll even find parts stamped with the VW logo - in fact they are built in the same factory with just different body shells taking the guts of the car. I compaired the 1.4 16v versions of the ibiza and the polo and found the ibiza price very difficult to side step. At the crux of it the ibiza lists for £9000 with air conditioning as standard, ABS, power steering, fancy looking built in radio - all the gizmo's you could ask for. The polo is 10650 for with no air conditioning ... and having spoken to both sets of salesmen the cars were immediately droped to £8000 and £9975 - still, thats £1975 extra for the polo with no air conditioning. The ibiza is adequately built, its comfortable to a point but I couldnt have driven it for much further than the test drive - at just over 6feet tall my long legs couldnt get comfortable in the driver seat ... which is a shame because it was one of the reasons that we turned the car down and stumped up the extra for the polo. The polo has a better trim level in the car, the seat feels a bit "cheap spanish run around" where the polo feels "expensive german solid mobile", so it got our money.
I've had this car now for over six months, and I have to say it's a lovely little car. The updates to the bodywork give it that bit of extra class, and the hidden boot opening makes me smile every time I use it. The performance is more than adequate for a car of this class, the ride and handling have been improved, and although the top speed is only 100 mph, it's difficult to stay below the speed limit, so eager is the engine. Trim levels are good but not spectacular, and the glove box still only has room for a pair of gloves, but the new LCD screen showing heat, fan settings, temperature, clock and radio informnation is a welcome addition, especially since the heat and fan controls are puhs-button. Finally, the RDS radio/cassette is a good performer, with speed-controlled volume control and six speakers. No sunroof available, so make sure you get air conditioning fitted. I didn't and am now regretting it!