SEAT

SEAT IBIZA HATCHBACK 1.0 TSI 95 Xcellence Lux [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 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
  • 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

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Speed limiter
  • SEAT Drive profile
  • Power Steering
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Rear view camera
  • Front parking sensors

  • SEAT logo boot release

  • 'Lights On' Remainder warning buzzer
  • Digital cockpit
  • Digital clock
  • Low fuel warning light
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Trip computer
  • Full Link Smartphone Integration with Mirror Link, Apple Car Play, Google Android Auto
  • 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
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • 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

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

  • Front/rear fog lights
  • Electric headlight adjustment
  • Automatic headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lights
  • Coming/leaving home lighting function
  • 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
  • Microsuede cloth upholstery
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Storage box under drivers seat
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Leather dashboard
  • Passenger sunvisor
  • Glovebox
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Front centre armrest

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

  • Tiredness recognition system
  • Curtain airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • 3 point seatbelts on all 3 rear seats
  • Front side airbags
  • Active front headrests
  • 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 driver's seat
  • Height adjustable passenger seat
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Rear top tether child seat ISOFIX attachment

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

  • 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: 130
  • 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 Lux [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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