1997 Seat Ibiza CLS 1.4 from UK and Ireland
A pocket rocket with 4 wheels
Easily solved with replacement rubbers.
Can't seem to get rid of the excessive tyre noise that this car makes. It gets very noisy at 30-40 MPH then goes quiet again at 60.
A very sensible car for town driving, quite nippy with a bit of grunt when you need it.
This car is everything you need if you are looking for a small family car which is cheap to run and surprisingly cheap to insure.
It's a boy racers favorite as parts and body kits are very cheap to buy and the engine can be serviced by a complete novice as the Bosch 1.4l engine is modeled from a VW Golf, which means you are getting the VW reliability when you purchase one of these little pocket rockets. I have heard that people have put 1.8 and 2.0 litre engines in these cars, for a car that barely weighs in at over a tonne, it just doesn't bear thinking about.
One thing that does get annoying with this car is the excessive tyre noise which I have put down to the design of the car, I have tried new tyres and a wheel balance which didn't solve the issue, I have also had the bearings checked and just gave up, but you do get used to it.
If you are looking for a cheap, reliable runabout and not worried about the comforts that most expensive cars offer, then I do recommend that you at least take one of these cars for a test drive as you will fall in love with these cars very quickly.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st September, 2010