SEAT Ibiza SC Review

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SEAT Ibiza Review

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Interestingly, the SEAT Ibiza SC features two different ratings for the chassis; one for the comfort models (S and SE model) and a more dynamic and involving set up for the Sport model - as we drove the SE model we will concentrate on the softer comfort set up.

How It Drove - Ride and Handling

Interestingly, the SEAT Ibiza SC features two different ratings for the chassis; one for the comfort models (S and SE model) and a more dynamic and involving set up for the Sport model - as we drove the SE model we will concentrate on the softer comfort set up.

Tyre wise we were surprised by the width of the SEAT Ibiza SC's tyres - 215/45 - 16" which only a few years ago used to be in the domain of the likes of Porsche. The width of the tyres can result in more road noise than is desirable - so watch out for the larger tyre option. The ride is on the firm side but we like it that way.

We found the SEAT Ibiza SC steering to be relatively well weighted and direct - lending itself to the Sports Coupe title. We liked how it handled, it has all the makings of a hot hatch with the engine to match - we had no complaints at all.

Ease of Use

For a three-door car, it is quite easy to get in and out of the front seats as the doors open quite wide but you will need to be more supple to get into the rear.

annoyingly, when tumbling the front seats forwards the head restraints can hit the roof depending on their position, so you may find yourself having to lower them to let people into the back. And although the driver's seat has a memory function - it does not always return to the position it was set when accessing the rear.

Where there is relatively good head, leg and shoulder room in front - rear seat passengers may not agree - the five-door SEAT Ibiza would make more sense if you regularly want to carry teenagers or adults in the rear.

The SEAT Ibiza SC's steering wheel can be adjusted for both rake and reach and it is not too hard to find a good driving position - especially as the driver's seat can be adjusted for height. We found all round vision to be OK but this can depend on your height.

The rear seats fold down on a 60/40 split basis but do not lie completely flat and of course there is not a lot of space but the boot is 17 litres bigger than the old three-door SEAT Ibiza and you now get 284 litres which makes it amongst the best in class. There was a storage net for small objects, and a recess with a strap to hold the emergency bulb case. Surrounding the lock there is also a recess and restraints for the emergency triangle, and there are four further optional anchoring rings to attach a restraining net.

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SEAT Ibiza Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSEAT Ibiza SC SE
  
Body TypeHatchback
ColourLuna Grey Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph12.2 Seconds
Top Speed 110 mph
  
Transmission5 Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban34.4 mpg
Extra Urban55.4 mpg
Combined45.6 mpg
  
Insurance Group3
Euro NCAP Rating5 Star
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles
Price (when tested on the 11/03/09)£10,385

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