The SEAT Ibiza has taken the prestigious What Car? Car of the Year Best Supermini title for the third successive year. It was judged Best Supermini and overall Car of the Year in 2003, Best Supermini again in 2004 and again in 2005. This year it was the Ibiza 1.2 SX 5-door version that continued to impress the judges despite stiff competition from well priced and well specified newcomers in the class.
"The Ibiza’s price, space, build quality and drive make it a terrific all-round package, with standard items that would cost extra on many similarly priced rivals," says What Car? "The way it drives is yet another plus point. The Ibiza handles competently and lives up to those sporty looks with an engaging drive. Whether you’re in town, on the motorway or blasting down a country lane the little SEAT always feels stable, while nimble steering and tidy handling make it fun too."
The award winning Ibiza SX 5-door is priced at £9400 on the road. Standard specification includes the praised 1.2 litre 64PS petrol engine, 5-speed gearbox, climate control, remote central locking, front electric windows, 15" alloy wheels, front fog lights and radio/CD player to name but some.
The full Ibiza range comprises 3-and 5-door hatchbacks in six specifications from Reference to the super-sporty FR and Cupra versions. There is a choice of eight engines too, with a petrol or diesel to suit every taste and performance desire. The petrol range covers 1.2 litre 64PS, 1.4 75PS with manual or automatic gearbox, a 1.8 20VT 150PS in the FR and the most powerful 1.8 20VT 180PS in the top of the range Ibiza Cupra. The economical diesel range comprises a 1.4 75PS TDI, 1.9 100PS TDI, the 1.9 130PS TDI that features in the FR and the most powerful diesel engine available in any supermini, the 1.9 160PS TDI in the Cupra.
Prices range from £7550 for the Ibiza Reference to £15500 for the Ibiza Cupras. All SEAT Ibizas come with a 3-year/60,000 mile warranty, 12 year anti-perforation body warranty, and two years’ SEAT Assistance valid in over 30 countries in Europe and bordering states.Published 22 January 2005