2014 SEAT Ibiza Hatchback ReviewDecember 4, 2014
It comes with a responsive 103 bhp 1.2 TSI and will suit the requirement of many Ibiza buyers. The 84 bhp 1.4 is worth a glance. Punchy 1.4 TSI is the favourite in FR model. The 1.4 in the Cupra gives serious pace. The 1.6 TDI has a superb balance of price and performance if you travel enough miles to give a good reason for the extra cost of the diesel model.
It comes with a suspension which is silent and supple and a well controlled body. When it comes to its handling then it is not as sporty as when compared to Ford Fiesta and the steering is somewhat short of sense but still the car is predictable and has a good grip. You will get a pleasant ride with it but there can be some drumming over bumps and speed breakers. Cupra and FR models are sportier, but they are still not as fun to ride as what we would prefer.
The Ibiza controls the road noise from entering inside the cabin but wind noise can be bad. The smaller engines can sound stressed while driving at or above 70 mph. Some of the diesels too are on a noisy side but almost all of them are silenced when you drive at a constant speed.
It comes at an affordable price and there are some good discounts to avail too. The running cost is also good and it comes with a decent resale price for the class. The engines are economical and hence fall into low company car tax bandings (particularly those in the green emotive versions). The insurance cost and servicing too is low making it a favourite choice among buyers in terms of affordability.
The low end models come with many plastic touches making it hard to feel, giving the cabin a utilitarian feel. As you move up the range, things start getting better, but still no Ibiza can match the classy feel of a VW Polo. In spite, Ibiza was awarded a rating above average for reliability in the 2012 JD Power survey.
Ibiza comes with a standard twin front and side bags. The side bags extend upwards to cover an area similar to that a curtain airbag would- at least in the front. However, in most of the versions, stability control is available only as part of an option pack. Security kit is pretty much decent.
There is a lot of space for head and legroom in the front but as compared to its rivals access to the rear end is more tricky in three door. The tight rear legroom rakish roofline makes it less spacious making is difficult for you to take few more people. Although there is a lot of room in 292 litre boot but the split folding rear seat is not standard.