Seat Cordoba Reviews from North America

1998 Seat Cordoba SXE 1.9 TDI turbo diesel

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.9 TDI turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired267000 kilometres
Most recent distance310000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz C-Class


One of the best built cars ever


Rear wiper failure.

Door locking mechanism/key-less entry.

Power steering line.

ABS sensor.

General Comments:

What a fantastic car! I love it. I had to import this car from Koln Germany, And was worth every penny.

I love the feel of the car, it is very well built. The car feels very much like a MK3 Golf/Jetta. The fuel economy is better than anything we import to the US currently.

I think the interior is very comfortable. The seats in my Cordoba are better than in my '99 C230 MB. Also the car has a very good towing capacity.

Headlights are great.

Note you must be careful on launches not to spin the tires.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2008

1999 Seat Cordoba S 1.6 petrol

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance22000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Polo


Cheap and flimsy, but good to drive


Ignition failed when car was 22 days old and had to be replaced.

Stereo chewed up numerous cassettes and had to be replaced after 18 months.

Interior felt like it was made out of sardine tins.

General Comments:

When I bought a 99T Cordoba 1.6 S for £10,000, it was brand new and about £3,000 less than the equivalent Focus or Astra.

I soon realized that it was so cheap because of the low standard of quality.

The interior trim was really flimsy and about as well built as a sardine tin.

The ignition failed 22 days after I bought the car, and was replaced under warranty.

The dealership never provided me with a courtesy car when my own car was being serviced.

But at least the Cordoba had good engine performance and the handling was reasonable.

If I'd known how flimsy and tinny the Cordoba would be, I would have bought a Golf or a Focus because of the difference in quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th February, 2004

2000 Seat Cordoba

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 kilometres
Most recent distance26000 kilometres
Previous carAcura RL




Nothing while I had it.

General Comments:

Rented this car for a while while I lived in Spain.

This car is awesome.

It could drive forever without refueling and it was great fun to drive.

Really quick and handles great.

Nice to look at too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd January, 2003

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 3 reviews