SEAT Ibiza Review


SEAT Ibiza Review

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There is only one diesel power unit available for the FR and that is the 1.9 TDI PD.

There is only one diesel power unit available for the FR and that is the 1.9 TDI PD. Within the Ibiza range, this comes in three different power outputs; the 100PS is in the Ibiza Sport, the 130PS is in the FR and the Cupra gets the 160PS unit.

FR stands for Formula Racing and this particular Ibiza is speedy, taking 8.4 seconds to get from zero to 62mph and from there the top speed of 134mph isn’t far away. Where permitted, of course.

Both the petrol and diesel FR's have manual transmissions; 5-speed for the petrol and 6-speed for the diesel. In fact, the only Ibiza format with an automatic gearbox is the 1.4 Stylance.

Personally, I’d much rather enjoy the notchy gearchange. First gear is quite long, which is great for quick getaways and, at the opposite end of the scale, stop/start town traffic. There is, however, plenty of power and torque available in all gears, making for fast overtakes. Even at motorway speeds, in top gear, it requires only a squeeze on the accelerator pedal to achieve the desired effect. The Ibiza FR is another of those cars whose acceleration is more exhilarating than breathtaking.

If you want frugality as well as the fun, then it is best to go for the diesel. Fuel consumption figures for the 1.9 TDI are 40.9 mpg for the urban cycle, 64.2 mpg for the extra-urban and the combined works out as 53.3 mpg. Whereas, the 1.8’s figures are posted as 25.9 mpg, 46.3 mpg and 35.8 mpg for the same respective cycles.

Despite its sporty pretensions the FR’s ride is surprisingly smooth. This is due to the combination of soft springs and stiffer shock-absorbers, together with flexible, suspension mountings. Even on the harshest part of the test route, the FR coped almost serenely with the uneven surfaces.

I enjoyed the positive steering and there is always plenty of feedback through the steering wheel. It inspires confidence because you know that the car is going to go where you point it. Add the taut chassis and you get a satisfying feeling of safe, solidity.

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SEAT Ibiza Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSEAT Ibiza FR 1.8
Body Type3-Door Hatchback
ColourLuna Grey Metallic
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph8.4 Seconds
Top Speed 134 mph
Transmission5-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban25.9 mpg
Extra Urban46.3 mpg
Combined35.8 mpg
Insurance Group12
Euro NCAP Rating4
Warranty3-Year or 60,000 mile (whichever comes first) warranty from date of first registration
Price (when tested on the 02/07/06)£11,975 OTR

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