The tidy looking Ibiza hatch carries the estate car transformation well
It grows in overall length by just 18cm
1.6TDI isn't the most rewarding, but its brisk and frugal enough
Cabin is well finished if rather plain
There is quite a bit of cabin noise on rougher motorway surfaces
Boot capacity is 430 litres expanding to 1164
A 60/40 rear seat split means it's a flexible load space
The Seat Ibiza is good looking, well-priced and spacious supermini that doesn’t quite live up to Seat’s sporty image
First DriveUpdated Ibiza gets a much-needed interior refresh, chassis tweaks and new options, and proves worthy of consideration
First DriveRefreshed supermini gets a new, 109bhp 1.0-litre three-pot motor, the Volkswagen Group’s DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox and a smarter cabin
What is it?
We’ve already driven the Ibiza ST, but our previous experience of Seat’s extended supermini was in Spain and with a 104bhp 1.2 TSI petrol engine.
Here, we sample the equally powerful 1.6 TDI, and on British roads.
What’s it like?
The tidy-looking Ibiza hatch carries the estate car transformation well. It grows in overall length by just 18cm, while the all-important boot capacity figures – 430 litres expanding to 1164 – are on a par with those of its rivals. A 60/40 rear seat split means it’s a flexible load space.
The ST drives pleasantly, with enough driver engagement to keep things interesting. It steers particularly well, and on the whole the firm ride is smooth and relaxed, although we experienced a lot of cabin noise on rougher motorway surfaces.
The interior is plain but well finished in nicely contoured, if hard, plastics. In the rear, legroom is limited but there’s ample headroom.
Don’t expect too much in the way of excitement, though. The 1.6 TDI isn’t the most rewarding. It’s brisk enough and frugal enough, and well suited to long hauls, but it can feel unrefined around town. It’s also quite noisy at tickover. However, as a functional means of powering a load-carrying estate, it works well.Should I buy one?
In concept and execution, the ST delivers. It is appealing, practical and competitively priced next to its Renault Clio ST and Skoda Fabia estate rivals.
The decision to buy a supermini wagon is more likely to be made with the head than the heart and, on this evidence, the Ibiza ST is an eminently sensible choice.
But if you want more of a buzz to your lengthened Ibiza, consider the 1.2 TSI.
Seat Ibiza ST 1.6 TDI Sport
Price: £14,730; Top speed: 117mph; 0-62mph: 10.9sec; Economy: 65.7mpg (combined); CO2: 109g/km; Kerb weight: 1225kg; Engine: 4 cyls, 1598cc, turbodiesel; Power: 104bhp at 4400rpm; Torque: 184lb ft at 1500rpm; Gearbox: 5-spd manual