The Seat Ibiza is the Spanish firm's strongest-selling car – both overall and in the British market – and, as we're about to outline, this is with good reason.

Like many of its rivals, it comes in two body variants: a stylish, if traditionally shaped, five door, a more rakish three-door hatch (called the SportCoupé). There was an estate version, but it was discontinued at the end of 2016 due to dwindling sales

The engine line-up mirrors that of Volkswagen’s Polo, using the same engines to good effect. There is an entry level naturally aspirated 1.0-litre engine, followed by a turbocharged version of the unit, two versions of the 1.2 TSI, a cooking 1.4 TSI for the FR and a fizzy 1.8 TSI for the Cupra versions. The diesels pretty much limited to an 1.4 in two guises, with the lower-powered version given a green makeover for Ecomotive models.

SOL is the entry-level trim available only on the cut-price, low-powered 1.2 and 1.4 TDI, otherwise there is three other trims to choose from - SE Technology, FR Technology and FR Technology Red Edition, and two Cupra versions in that order of performance.

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  • Ford Fiesta
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    1
  • Mini Cooper 5-door hatch

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    2
  • The Mazda 2
    The Mazda 2 name dates back to 2002. This latest version showcases the firm's Skyactiv technology and 'Kodo' styling

    Mazda 2

    3
  • Volkswagen Polo

    Volkswagen Polo

    4
  • Renault Clio
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    Renault Clio

    5

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