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SEAT Ibiza

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Summary


The SEAT Ibiza is a small, supermini-class hatchback. The current model arrived in the UK in the summer of 2017 and shares a lot of its underpinnings with the Volkswagen Polo and Audi A1.

Unlike previous generations, the current Ibiza is only available as a five-door hatch, with no three-door version. There is also a high-performance Ibiza Cupra model. We are building a separate page for this version, so check back soon. As is the case with most supermini-class small cars, there are no longer any diesel engine options available for the Ibiza range (although you’ll still be able to pick one up in the used car market).

The SEAT Ibiza has received mostly very positive reviews from the UK motoring media, as well as several awards. Based on 21 reviews we have currently analysed as of March 2022, it is currently the top-ranked supermini on sale in the UK with an Expert Rating of 78%. Somewhat embarrassingly for the Volkswagen Group, the Ibiza is more highly regarded by the UK media than the VW Polo that it’s based on.

The Ibiza has received particular praise for its comfort and refinement, although its driving dynamics are not considered to be as sharp at the class-leading Fiesta.

Unlike its comfort and refinement, the SEAT Ibiza hasn’t topped the field for reliability. In a What Car? 2021 reliability survey, the Ibiza ranked 15th out of 17 small cars (above only the VW Polo and Ford Fiesta). In 2020, it had ranked 14th.

An updated Ibiza arrived in the UK in late 2021. This is a minor mid-life facelift to the existing car, rather than an all-new model. It will feature a few styling tweaks and some upgrades to tech features. To date, review scores for the facelifted model have not shown to be significantly different from the original version.

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door hatch
Engines: petrol
Price: From £17,835 on-road

Launched: Spring 2017
Last updated: –
Facelift due: Autumn 2021


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Auto Express

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Autocar

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Car

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Company Car Today

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Eurekar

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Evo

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Green Car Guide

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Heycar

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Sun

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The Telegraph

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: July 2017

95%

ADULT OCCUPANT

77%

CHILD OCCUPANT

76%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

60%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


No eco rating

As of March 2022, the SEAT Ibiza has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the SEAT Ibiza has received

2020

  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Supermini

2018

  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Supermini
  • What Car? Awards – Best Small Car
  • SME Company Car of the Year Awards – Best Value Company Car

2017

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Supermini
  • Parkers New Car Awards – Best First Car
  • Red Dot Awards – Product Design Awards

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SEAT IbizaThe SEAT Ibiza has received very positive media reviews, and is one of the highest-rated superminis on sale in the UK.