Although you’d expect the Seat Ibiza to undercut cars like the Vauxhall Corsa and Toyota Yaris (which it does), you wouldn’t expect it to get close to the Skoda Fabia, with a similar price yet more equipment. 

It should also prove relatively inexpensive to run, with low CO2 emissions and competitive insurance groupings across the ranges. The Ecomotive will balance a high-ish purchase price with exceptionally good economy returns and the financial benefits that come with a low CO2 figure. Depreciation is par for the course in the class.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

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The Ibiza is a good choice for those looking for a safe car

The Ibiza is one of the safest superminis you can buy. It has scored an excellent five stars for adult protection in Euro NCAP’s crash tests, plus four stars for child protection, and three stars for pedestrian safety.

The Ibiza Cupra promises to be the cheapest car in its class to run. Its closest rivals in terms of power and price – the Renaultsport Clio 200 and the Vauxhall Corsa VXR – are both  less economical and produce  more CO2 than the Ibiza’s official figures. The only match on running costs is the Mini Cooper S. 

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