Model tested: Seat Ibiza 5dr S 1.2-litre 12V petrol 70PS
Date tested: September 2008
Road tester: Adrian Higgins
Overall rating: 76%
Now in its fourth incarnation, the Seat Ibiza is the UK's favourite Spanish car but will the love affair continue? Adrian Higgins drove one to bring you his verdict.
The Ibiza's most eye-catching feature is its profile, with three swooping creases, but the front has also been revised with the arrow-design nose more prominent and grille and headlights repositioned.
2. Looks inside
The instruments are angled towards the driver and the materials feel robust. The design is functional with controls sensibly-placed and intuitive. Everything is well-positioned to make driving easy and fun.
The new Ibiza is based on a new platform which is wider and longer to give 25 litres' additional boot space and a total of 292 litres. Split rear seats are included on SE and Sport versions.
4. Ride and Handling
The new platform has brought improvements to the ride and handling while speed-sensitive steering ensures makes low-speed parking manoeuvres easier while requiring a heavier hand for higher speeds.
We found the three-cylinder 1.2-litre engine a willing city runaround and comfortable, if a little whiney, at higher speeds.