Diesel Car, the UK’s leading magazine for diesel car enthusiasts, has awarded the SEAT Ibiza TDi 130 Sport the performance diesel car of the year 2003 award. The Ibiza beat off fierce competition to take the award, fulfilling all the requirements of a performance diesel.
Diesel Car praised the Ibiza for its sporting good looks, responsive engine, firm suspension, and an outstanding combined fuel consumption figure of 55.4 mpg and low CO2 emissions of 138 g/km coupled with an exceptional group 7 insurance rating. The Ibiza, the most powerful diesel hatch in its class delivers an impressive 229 lb.ft of torque at 1900 rpm and can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 9.4 seconds, then on through its six speed manual gearbox to a top speed of 129 mph.
The award winning Ibiza boasts high levels of equipment including sports steering wheel, gearstick and handbrake in leather, on board trip computer, climate control, front foglights and twin headlights, 16 inch alloy wheels and front and rear sports seats – fitted as standard. Available in a choice of three base colours: ovni yellow, flash red and extreme blue along with metallic options of arctic grey, glacier blue, black magic, eclipse blue and platinum grey. All this for an on the road price of £13,500 3 door and £14,000 5 door.
The Ibiza is also one of the safest vehicles in its class, achieving a four star rating in the tough Euro NCAP crash tests, and the highest score ever achieved in this class of car for pedestrian safety. Safety features include two front side airbags in addition to driver and passenger airbag with passenger de-activation, front seatbelts with electrical pre-tensioners and load limiter, ABS, EBA (electronic brake assist), TCS (traction control system) and volumetric alarm with back-up horn as well as a standard immobiliser with cryptocode.
All Ibiza models come with one year’s free insurance*. This offer is available to customers aged between 25 and 80 buying any new Ibiza registered before 30 June from participating SEAT dealers, making the Ibiza a truly desirable package.
The latest accolade from Diesel Car follows the success of the Ibiza 1.2 12v 5 door at the What Car? Car of the Year 2003 Awards ceremony, scooping both Best Supermini and the coveted title of What Car? Car of the Year Award.
* Offer applies to UK mainland only (excluding Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man). Full acceptance criteria applies.Published 12 May 2003