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 10mpg less economical and produce at least 40g/km more CO2 than the Seat's claimed figures of 44.1mpg (combined) and 148g/km.
The only match on running costs is the Mini Cooper S, which in manual form manages nearly identical figures of 44.1mpg and 149g/km.
As a result, the Ibiza will cost just £135 to tax for a year, next to the £250 the DVLA will require for the Clio or Corsa. And residual forecasts show the Ibiza holding its value better than all of its rivals other than the Mini.
Together with the comprehensive standard spec, well priced options list and comparatively low group 14 insurance, the Ibiza Cupra looks like a very strong ownership proposition.