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Oil-burning models removed from sale due to lack of customer demand; 1.0-litre petrol becomes only option

Seat has removed all diesel versions of the Seat Ibiza and Seat Arona from sale in the UK as consumer demand moves away from the fuel.

Until recently, the supermini and small crossover were both available with a 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel in 93bhp and 113bhp forms. However, both variants are no longer available to select on Seat’s online configurator. 

The Spanish firm's UK spokesperson confirmed the axe, saying: “We continually review our vehicle line-up to ensure it’s reflective of market trends and customer demand. As such, we’ve streamlined our Arona and Ibiza model ranges to allow us to better focus our offers to meet current and future demand for these vehicles.”

The two models are just the latest in a long list of diesels axed from car makers' ranges in the past few years as more and more buyers move to petrol or electrified alternatives

Earlier this year, Seat sibling brand Skoda made its Kamiq petrol-only, while its Fabia hasn't had a diesel option since 2018.

Only a small number of superminis, such as the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa, still offer a diesel engine. 


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MrMoo 9 September 2020

That should be 115bhp, not

That should be 115bhp, not 155bhp!  

MrMoo 9 September 2020

No 1.6 diesel

VAG have ditched the 1.6 diesel that was fitted to the Ibiza and Arona.  Replaced by a lower powered 155bhp 2.0 litre diesel in the likes of the Leon, Golf etc.  

A 2.0 lump is too big for their smaller cars and would probably take too much re-engineering.