The SEAT Ibiza is What Car? magazine’s Best Supermini for the second year running. The SEAT Ibiza 1.2 S 5-door, which was overall What Car? Car of the Year in 2003, was confirmed as What Car? Best Supermini 2004 at a special awards ceremony held last night (22 January) at the Hilton Park Lane, London.
The award was presented to SEAT UK Director, Kevin James, by What Car? Editor, Rob Aherne, who particularly praised the Ibiza for its youthful looks, perky performance and lively drive. Its spacious interior, the high quality materials used and build quality were also noted for being a cut above its rivals.
What Car? went on to say: "At £8900 the Ibiza offers unbeatable value for money, especially when you consider this price includes air-conditioning, remote central locking, electric front windows and a CD player – items which are optional extras on many similarly priced competitors. Low ownership costs complete an outstanding all-round package. Group 3 insurance and an average fuel consumption of 47.9 mpg make it cheap to run while the Ibiza’s residual values are as strong as those of the Volkswagen Polo."
Award winning spec "moves up a class"
The Ibiza range comprises 3- and 5-door sporty hatchbacks with a choice of engines and specifications to suit every taste and pocket. Prices start at £8300 on the road, but despite this exceptional value, SEAT is offering buyers of the Ibiza 1.2 S models the chance to "move up a class". Cars registered before 31 March 2004 will automatically be upgraded to the Ibiza 1.2 SX, adding 15" alloy wheels, front fog lights and climate control, in total worth £500, to the Ibiza’s What Car? Award-winning specification at absolutely no cost to the customer.Published 26 January 2004