SEAT

SEAT IBIZA HATCHBACK 1.0 TSI 95 Xcellence [EZ] 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph10.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2125 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 improved MK5 model Ibiza supermini features a range of strong engines, including an efficient 1.0 TSI three-cylinder unit. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

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 110PS 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. On the move in this Ibiza, SEAT hopes one of the first things you'll notice is this model's 'big car' feel, something particularly evident in its rigid, rattle-free roadgoing demeanour. In part, this comes courtesy of the stiff MQB A0 chassis. That in turn means flat cornering and benefits ride quality that's un-bettered in this class. We're slightly less sure about SEAT's decision to extend that same 'big car' feel to the steering which, as a consequence, is a tough lighter than some really enthusiastic drivers might like.

Design and Build

There aren't many exterior changes to this revised version of the MK5 model, but you might spot the now-standard full-LED headlights and the revised alloy wheel designs.It's still a five-door-only design with short front and rear overhangs and at the front of the car, triangular full-LED headlights dominate. Under the skin, as before, the car is based on the Volkswagen Group's MQB A0 platform, shared with the VW Polo. Inside, the update changes are a little easier to spot, with a new floating central infotainment system with bigger screen sizes - either 8.25 or 9.2-inches, depending on spec. Top variants now get a 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit instrument binnacle screen too. With all the monitors, there's now a built-in e-SIM and SEAT's 'Hola Hola' voice control system. And of course the brand's usual 'Full Link; smartphone-mirroring set-up, which accommodates 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto'. Other update changes include a softer-touch dashboard, as well as a more ergonomic multifunction Nappa leather steering wheel. The driver and passenger air vents have been redesigned and the surrounds now illuminate. Otherwise, things are much as before. That MQB A0 platform allows for a longer-than-average wheelbase, which translates into decent rear seat space and a decently-sized 355-litre boot.

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 under £17,500, which means a price premium of just under £500 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 110PS 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 base 1.0 MPI variant manages up to 53.3mpg on the combined WLTP cycle and 121g/km of WLTP-rated CO2. The 1.0-litre TSI 95PS petrol models are capable of up to 54.3mpg and a CO2 figure of as little as 117g/km - so who needs a diesel? The 1.0 TSI 110PS auto petrol model manages up to 47.9mpg and up to 133g/km. A start/stop system, which switches off the engine when the vehicle is at a standstill, is on all models. 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
  • Electric rear windows
  • Automatic rain sensing wipers
  • Dark tinted rear windows

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

  • Comfort suspension

  • Bluetooth audio streaming with handsfree system

  • Cruise control
  • Power Steering
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Speed limiter

  • SEAT logo boot release

  • 'Lights On' Remainder warning buzzer
  • Full Link Smartphone Integration with Mirror Link, Apple Car Play, Google Android Auto
  • Digital clock
  • Low fuel warning light
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Trip computer
  • Seat connect with safety, serivice, remote and online
  • Navigation system with 8" touch screen + proximity sensor, voice control and USB type C sockets

  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Atom grey door mirrors

  • Radio/MP3 player
  • SD card slot
  • Auxiliary input socket
  • Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) Tuner
  • 6 speakers
  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • CD player
  • USB (type C) cable for Apple and Android compatibility

  • Chrome window surround and upper grille surround
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Anti theft roof antenna

  • Coming/leaving home lighting function
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lights
  • Front/rear fog lights
  • Electric headlight adjustment
  • Automatic headlights
  • LED headlights with dynamic headlight range control

  • Dual zone climate control with combination filter

  • Chrome detailing, aluminium door sills with Xcellence logo and pearl grey headlining
  • Leather multifunction steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Leather dashboard
  • Passenger sunvisor
  • Glovebox
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Front centre armrest
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Microsuede cloth upholstery
  • Storage box under drivers seat

  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Instrument lighting with brightness control
  • Front reading lights
  • Front courtesy lights
  • Illuminated boot

  • 3 point seatbelts on all 3 rear seats
  • Front side airbags
  • 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
  • Seat belt reminder for front and rear seats

  • Storage pockets on back of front seats
  • Two height adjustable front and rear headrests (three in rear)
  • Height adjustable passenger seat
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Rear top tether child seat ISOFIX attachment
  • Height adjustable driver's seat

  • Remote central locking + deadlocks
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Anti theft wheel bolts
  • Keyless entry and go
  • Perimeter alarm and interior monitoring with backup horn and tow away protection

  • Driver's sunvisor with ticket holder/vanity mirror

  • 17" Dynamic alloy wheels

  • CO2 (g/km): 104
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • NOx: 0.041
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 159
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 121
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 108
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 129
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 125
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 133
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 125

  • 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: MANUAL
  • Gears: 5 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 74.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 76.4
  • CC: 999
  • Engine Code: N

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.9
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 52.3
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 68.9
  • EC Combined (mpg): 61.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 47.9

  • Coin Series: Xcellence [EZ]
  • Coin Description: TSI 95
  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: 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: 95
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 10E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 17.8
  • Engine Power - BHP: 95
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.9
  • Top Speed: 116
  • Engine Power - KW: 70
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 129
  • Engine Torque - NM: 175
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2000

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • 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: 1053
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1640
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 40
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 355
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 560
  • Max. Loading Weight: 587
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.6

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

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

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

  • Solid - Emocion red: £0

  • Special Solid - White: £0

  • Microsuede cloth - Black with muscat stitching: £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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