SEAT

SEAT IBIZA HATCHBACK 1.0 TSI 115 FR [EZ] 5dr DSG

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.3s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2139 g/km

SEAT's Ibiza, now in its fifth generation, has been a budget alternative to the Volkswagen Polo for over 20 years. It's now smarter, better equipped and more sophisticated, especially in frugal 1.0 TSI petrol guise.

SPANISH SENSE

SEAT's MK5 model Ibiza supermini features a range of strong engines, including an efficient 1.0 TSI three-cylinder unit. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Ten Second Review

SEAT's Ibiza, now in its fifth generation, has been a budget alternative to the Volkswagen Polo for over 20 years. It's now smarter, better equipped and more sophisticated, especially in frugal 1.0 TSI petrol guise.

Background

SEAT's Ibiza has always been quite an endearing little supermini, provided you could stretch to the more sophisticated engines fitted to plusher, more powerful models. If budget or circumstance restricted you to an entry-level variant, things were very different. The cheapest versions of this model have often been saddled with the lowest-tech engineering offerings that the Volkswagen Group had to offer. But not now. In more recent times, Ibiza buyers have had access to one of the most sophisticated engines the Volkswagen empire makes, a three cylinder 1.0 TSI petrol unit. It's an engine also used in Volkswagen's Polo, Skoda's Fabia and Audi's A1 and offers the kind of performance you'd expect from a much bigger powerplant.

Driving Experience

The 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine is perfectly suited to the Ibiza. Its power begins to come in low down in the rev range and it pulls the hatchback strongly for such a compact unit. The three-cylinder engine produces either 95PS and 160Nm of torque. Or 115PS and 200Nm in the higher powered sportier FR model which can be ordered with optional DSG automatic transmission. For such a reasonably priced car, these figures are impressive. On the road, the numbers translate into very easy progress. The torque is provided at a lowly 1500rpm, meaning even at very low revs, the Ibiza 1.0 TSI pulls well. It doesn't have much of a top end though, so to maintain swift progress, it's better to change gear early and ride the swell of torque. In the 95PS version, 62mph from rest takes 10.4s en route to 119mph. As for on the road driving dynamics, well SEAT says these have been improved thanks to the adoption of a hi-tech MQB platform that is 30% stiffer. As before, there's an optional 'SEAT Drive Profile' system that offers adaptive damping with two modes - comfort or sports-oriented. The Comfort/Sport selector switch also influences the feeling of the power steering and it'll alter the shift times of the DSG gearbox where automatic transmission has been specified.

Design and Build

The MK5 model version of this SEAT isn't available in three-door form any more, but the Spanish maker says it retains plenty of sporty style potential customers tend to want. From a styling perspective, it's clearly an Ibiza, but one that has undergone a process of evolution, with a so-called 'x-shaped' design that looks more dynamic than before. The front and rear overhangs are very short and at the front of the car, triangular full-LED headlights dominate. The longer wheelbase and window graphics accentuate the size of this model too. Under the skin, the car is based on the Volkswagen Group's MQB platform, which is also used in Volkswagen's Polo. The Ibiza is also bigger in fifth generation form, 87mm wider than its predecessor, while the 2,564mm distance between the axles represents a 95mm increase over that pre-2018 MK4 design. As a result, if you happen to own an older Ibiza, you'll find that legroom in the back seats has increased by 35mm, while headroom has increased by 17mm in the back and 24mm in the front. The seats are 42mm wider and the boot area is 63-litres bigger, bringing total capacity up to a class-leading 355-litre figure. The loading height has also been lowered. Other things Ibiza regulars will notice inside include the fact that the controls and instruments are more driver-orientated and the cabin feels of higher quality, thanks to colour-personalisable LED lighting, an 8-inch centre-dash touchscreen and a 'Full Link' connectivity system.

Market and Model

The 1.0 TSI petrol engine we're looking at here comes with a choice of 'SE', 'SE Technology', 'FR', 'FR Sport', 'XCELLENCE' or 'XCELLENCE Lux' trim. Prices start at just over £16,000, which means a price premium of about £300 over the older-tech 80PS 1.0 MPI unit; we'd say that was well worth paying. All variants offer this unit in 95PS form, but you have to avoid the base 'SE' variants if you're to get the option of the pokier 115PS version of this powerplant. If you go for that uprated unit, you'll also be offered the option of DSG auto transmission. As for equipment, well the full-LED headlights are a highlight. Plus most models get 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto'/'MirrorLink' 'phone connectivity, plus buyers can specify a premium 8-inch touchscreen and a wireless charger with a GSM amplifier. In addition, there's the chance to add in a thumping 300-watt 'Beats' Audio system with 7 speakers and an 8-channel amplifier. Other features buyers might want include keyless entry with a 'heartbeat' engine start button, front and rear parking sensors and a higher quality rear view camera. 'FR' and 'XCELLENCE' variants get colour-personalisable LED interior lighting too. Safety-wise, there's 'Front Assist' autonomous braking, Adaptive Cruise Control and a 'Traffic Jam Assist' feature that can take over the driving from you at very low traffic jam speed.

Cost of Ownership

Being able to dip into the Volkswagen Group parts bin for the niftiest tech usually means a very low overall cost of ownership and that's certainly the case here. The entry-level 1.0-litre TSI 95PS petrol model delivers a combined fuel economy of up to 51.4mpg (WLTP), which equates to a CO2 figure of 104g/km (NEDC). For the 115PS version of this unit, the figures are up to 48.7mpg and 107g/km in manual form, or up to 45.6mpg and 111g/km as an auto. A start/stop system, which switches off the engine when the vehicle is at a standstill, is available across all current SEAT Ibizas. What else? Well there's SEAT's usual three year/60,000 mile warranty. That's unexceptional when rivals like Toyota and Hyundai offer five years of cover as standard and Kia offers up to seven years. However, the SEAT deal is extendable, so you might be able to negotiate on that. And it includes two years of Europe-wide roadside assistance.

Summary

If you're looking for a budget-priced supermini and can overlook the slight price premium that comes with this 1.0 TSI engine, the Ibiza offers a level of quality, equipment and economy that rivals struggle to match for the money. Incorporating this three-cylinder powerplant in the range provides multiple benefits. Its economy and emissions are significantly better than the 80PS 1.0-litre 12V MPI unit it effectively replaces and performance is stronger thanks to the turbocharger providing good low-down torque. This means even the lower-powered 95PS model is blessed with reasonable performance. Overall, the relatively affordable price and brilliant engine make the Ibiza a tough car to beat in this segment. Running costs are kept to a minimum without sacrificing performance and the improved cabin, extra equipment and various other changes keep it looking and feeling sharp.

  • Electric front windows
  • Automatic rain sensing wipers
  • Dark tinted rear windows

  • Electronic Stability Programme + Emergency Brake Assist
  • Hill hold control
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Multi-Collision braking
  • Front assist (AEB)

  • Sports suspension

  • Bluetooth Handsfree Phone Connection

  • SEAT Drive profile
  • Power Steering
  • Cruise control

  • SEAT logo boot release

  • 'Lights On' Remainder warning buzzer
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Trip computer
  • Digital clock
  • Low fuel warning light
  • Full Link Smartphone Integration with Mirror Link, Apple Car Play, Google Android Auto
  • Satellite navigation system with 3D mapping, 8" touch screen, voice control and additional USB port

  • Brilliant black door mirrors
  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors

  • Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) Tuner
  • Radio/MP3 player
  • SD card slot
  • USB port
  • Auxiliary input socket
  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • 6 speakers
  • CD player
  • SEAT USB media cable

  • Chrome front grille frame
  • Anti theft roof antenna
  • Exclusive FR rear bumper
  • Twin exhaust pipes
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Chrome grille

  • Electric headlight adjustment
  • Automatic headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lights
  • Cornering front fog lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Coming/leaving home lighting function
  • Full LED headlights

  • Dust/pollen filter
  • Air conditioning

  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Glovebox
  • Leather handbrake
  • Passenger sunvisor
  • Steering column mounted gear shift paddles
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Leather dashboard
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Nora cloth upholstery
  • Flat bottomed perforated leather steering wheel with red stitching and FR logo
  • Door and steering wheel ice metal decorative inserts

  • Multi-colour ambient interior lighting
  • Instrument lighting with brightness control
  • Front reading lights
  • Front courtesy lights
  • Illuminated boot

  • Full LED headlight pack - Ibiza

  • 3 point seatbelts on all 3 rear seats
  • Front side airbags
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Active front headrests
  • Tiredness recognition system
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Curtain airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags

  • Height adjustable passenger seat
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Rear top tether child seat ISOFIX attachment
  • 3 rear headrests
  • Height adjustable front/rear head restraints
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Sports seats

  • Remote central locking + deadlocks
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Volumetric alarm with back up horn

  • Driver's sunvisor with ticket holder/vanity mirror

  • 17" Dynamic alloy wheels

  • CO2 (g/km): 111
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • NOx: 0.027
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 182
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 136
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 121
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 139
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 139
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 151
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 139

  • Engine Code: N
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 74.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 76.4
  • CC: 999

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
  • EC Urban (mpg): 51.4
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 61.4
  • EC Combined (mpg): 57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 42.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.7

  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 13E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 95
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 77
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 76
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 60
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 115
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: FR [EZ]
  • Coin Description: TSI 115

  • Engine Power - BHP: 115
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.3
  • Top Speed: 121
  • Engine Power - KW: 85
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 148
  • Engine Torque - NM: 200
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2000
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 20.4

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: DYNAMIC
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/45 R17

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: 1444
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4059
  • Width: 1780
  • Wheelbase: 2564

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1084
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1680
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 40
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 355
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 580
  • Max. Loading Weight: 596
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.6

  • Rear parking sensor: £220

  • Beats audio system with space saver spare wheel and luggage compartment lining: £485

  • Panoramic sunroof: £670
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Special solid paint: £0
  • Solid paint: £0

  • Metallic - Urban silver: £0
  • Metallic - Mystery blue: £0
  • Metallic - Midnight black: £0
  • Metallic - Nevada white: £0
  • Metallic - Magnetic grey: £0
  • Metallic - Desire Red: £0
  • Metallic - Eclipse orange: £0

  • Solid - Emocion red: £0

  • Special Solid - White: £0

  • Cloth - Nora Black: £0

  • Tyre repair kit: Included
  • Space saver spare wheel: £105

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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