Seat Ibiza Reviews from Finland

1999 Seat Ibiza SE 1.6

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired19000 kilometres
Most recent distance25000 kilometres
Previous carSAAB Saab 96

Summary:

The only sensible choice

Faults:

Rear window wiper water pipe's plastic corner-piece broken by ice near the driver's side tail light.

General Comments:

This car beats many more expensive, same sized competitors.

Very strong down punch makes the 1.6 engine enjoyable to drive with no need for revving.

Rear view mirror too low for tall drivers, it blocks the view a little to "two o'clock".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th July, 2001

2000 Seat Ibiza Cupra 1.8 turbo

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.8 turbo Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired50 kilometres
Most recent distance10200 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 206 GTi 2.0L 16V

Summary:

Best performance car out there in this price range

Faults:

The ABS box and cabling got water in thus the whole car didn't work. Brakes, traction control, gas pedal.. etc. The problem was traced to faulty parts and they are now changed. The dealer was very helpful on offered me stuff and a free temporary car for the duration of the service. No problems since.

For the record: the 206 GTi was a pain in the butt all the time I had it, and the dealer was not helpful at all. I drove 30000 km with the 206, had it for 6 months.

General Comments:

Great car as a basis for a tuning project, engine can give close to 300 hp with a turbo change etc. 200 hp quite painlessly.

Torque steer is massive and steering a little too soft for a car of this type, but not a big concern, fixable.

Suspension also a little too soft, but a very good compromise on performance and comfort.

Have driven all the cars on this price range and I can say the Cupra is the best performance car for the money.

Could use 200hp under the hood, but as aimed for a larger public (consumption), 160 hp is enough.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2001

1987 Seat Ibiza GL 2D 1.5l

Year of manufacture1987
Engine and transmission 1.5l
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10

Faults:

Some minor rust problems.

General Comments:

A great car, my car is tuned up a bit and it goes 0-100km/h in 8.8 seconds... I've had no real problems with the car, and I've driven 158000 kilometres with it. So beat that.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 1999

1998 Seat Ibiza SE 1.6

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.6
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Faults:

Speedo and the rpm meter doesn't always work so well under certain circumstances (meaning when it is really cold weather, under 10 degrees below zero celsius).

General Comments:

Nice car, priceworthy, same as VW Polo but 20,000 FIM cheaper.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 1999

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 4 reviews