As any football fan will tell you, Barcelona is used to being the best. And with a string of recent successes coming from local brand Seat, it looks like the Spanish world of motoring has also started to gain that top-of-the-league reputation. The Seat Ibiza can take a lot of the credit for that.
Now in its fifth generation, the Ibiza is the brand’s small car offering, sitting below the Seat Leon and the Arona and Ateca SUVs. With five doors, plenty of space inside and grown-up driving manners, though, the Ibiza offers plenty of big car perks for a surprisingly affordable price.
There’s a choice of three petrol engines a single diesel option, with the most powerful petrol offering the choice of an automatic gearbox. There’s also a rather long list of six trim levels to choose from, including sporty FR trim and more lavishly equipped Xcellence trim.
But should rivals such as the Skoda Fabia, Volkswagen Polo and Britain’s best-selling car, the Ford Fiesta, really be worried? Read on over the next few pages to find out, and we’ll also tell you which of the Ibiza’s engines and trims make the most sense. And if you decide the Spanish way of life is worth some consideration, head to our New Car Buying pages to see how you could save thousands on the price of your next new car.