I brought a Seat Ibiza 1.0L on a 1996 reg for my 1st car. It only cost me £375, and I absolutely adored it! For a 1.0L it was pretty nippy and VERY reliable. It was also very good on petrol. I was always getting compliments on how nice it looked, and the parts were very cheap. The Ibiza's are very similar to the VW Polo's and just as reliable! I never had any problems with it at all, and then sadly it was wrote off after 2 years of constant use. I was devastated and still miss it now!
I loved my Seat Ibiza so much I brought another.
This time I brought a Seat Ibiza 1.4 on a 2000 reg. It cost me £700. It was another brilliant car. It looked lovely and very sporty. The 1.4 engine was also very nippy and also very reliable. Again it was good on petrol. The parts were a little more pricey then the older models but still cheap. I owned my 2nd Ibiza for another 2 years, until I fell pregnant and had to get a 'family' car.
I would recommend a Seat Ibiza to any young driver looking for a first car. They are cheap to run, tax, insure and maintain! Not to forget they look amazing! In fact, I would recommend a Seat Ibiza to ANYONE who wants a small car. I would definitely consider getting another one in the future!