New car review

SEAT Ibiza review

A serious rival to the best-selling Ford Fiesta

Summary

The new SEAT Ibiza is the most effective version of the car yet, and a serious rival to Britain’s best-selling car the Ford Fiesta.
Design
9.0
Performance
8.0
Handling
9.0
Economy
8.0
Value
9.0

Summary

The new SEAT Ibiza is the most effective version of the car yet, and a serious rival to Britain’s best-selling car the Ford Fiesta.

What is it?
The new SEAT Ibiza is the fifth generation of the brand’s big-selling supermini.

Key features
New platform, sharper looks, more tech and refinement.

Our view
The new SEAT Ibiza is the most effective version of the car yet, and a serious rival to Britain’s best-selling car the Ford Fiesta.


The SEAT Ibiza is a model crucial to the Spanish brand’s fortunes. The Ibiza forms one of the three ‘brand pillars’, the others being the larger Leon and the new Ateca SUV, and these in recent times have enabled SEAT to emerge from far too long a period as ‘Volkswagen’s problem child’.

Today SEAT is on the up – as the fifth-generation Ibiza launches the brand is seeing UK sales 20% ahead of 2016, and Britain is now firmly established as SEAT’s third-biggest market after Spain and Germany.

There is one more reason why those creating the new Ibiza cannot afford to get it wrong – the car’s main rival is Britain’s biggest seller of all, the Ford Fiesta

Introduction | Design | Powertrains | On the Road | Equipment | Summary and Specifications

SEAT Ibiza 2017 static | The Car Expert

Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

More from The Car Expert

Expert Advice

Award-winning, independent and impartial advice on buying, financing, owning and running a car

Expert Ratings

We analyse and aggregate dozens of media reviews for each new car into an overall Expert Rating

New Cars

All the most important new car launches, model updates and car reviews

News

The latest news from all the major car brands and across the automotive industry

Latest advice

Fuel prices up for second month in a row

Filling up a typical 55-litre family car was nearly £2 more expensive by the end of July compared with the beginning of the month.

New car finance rules will save you money – but not until 2021

The FCA has signed off new rules set to save customers an estimated £165 million a year – but you'll have to wait another six months.

Latest ratings

Mini Electric

The Mini Electric has been praised for the way it drives, but criticised for its poor range compared to similarly-priced electric cars.

SEAT Mii Electric

The SEAT Mii Electric is one of the more affordable options in the electric car market, but its Euro NCAP safety rating is sub-par.

Latest new cars

Mercedes-Benz reveals prices and specs for updated E-Class

Mercedes-Benz has announced full details for its facelifted E-Class, which is on sale now with first deliveries expected in the autumn.

New MG 5 estate car coming to UK

MG Motors has announced that it will be bringing its new electric MG 5 estate car to the UK, with an expected range of more than 200 miles.

Latest news

High Court rejects Volkswagen appeal over emissions scandal

Volkswagen has lost an appeal in a landmark High Court ruling on the Dieselgate emissions-cheating scandal. # Volkswagen #VW #Dieselgate

Britain’s best-selling cars, July 2020

It was a pleasant change to see a significant improvement in the monthly new car registration report. Here are the top ten best-sellers.

What are your thoughts? Let us know below.