2000 Seat Ibiza Signo 1.4 16v from Greece


A fine little car for a daily 110 km long round trip to work


The engine stalled at 16,000 km while cruising at 120 km/h for no apparent reason. The engine management system recorded no fault. Never happened again since.

Driver side window lift replaced due to excessive noise at 51,000 km.

Water built up at the right side cabin floor at 87,000 km. Dealer blamed the heavy rain, but was unable to find the point of entry. Still a problem unsolved.

General deterioration in the Noise, Vibration and Harshness department as mileage builts up.

General Comments:

Extremely frugal when driven with a light foot.

Engine noisy, but willing.

Easily controlled around corners when grip is way lost. Leans a lot.

Rather short service intervals.

Roomy inside.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th December, 2002

2000 Seat Ibiza 20VT Cupra 1.8 turbo from UK and Ireland


A low-cost Audi 1.8T


A few minor trim squeaks which were sorted out by the dealer under warranty.

General Comments:

This is certainly the best hot hatch I have ever owned (and I've owned a few in the past - Metro GTI, Mark 2 VW Golf GTI, Nissan Almera GTI). It reminds me a lot of the Golf GTI I owned for three years. Not surprising given that the Ibiza chassis front end is taken straight from the Mk2 Golf.

The 1.8 turbo engine in stock form is absolutely fabulous. Massive amounts of low-down grunt (from about 1800 rpm) and it pulls cleanly and strongly all the way to 6000rpm. The engine is very flexible, making round-town driving a doddle, and motorway cruising is equally pleasurable. The car responds quickly and well when stabbing your foot down in fifth gear at motorway speeds - no need to change down. Throttle response is immediate - a "fly-by-wire" system is employed here.

The gearbox is excellent. It is a cable-change mechanism, providing smooth and positive changes. However, the throw is a little long from second to third.

The car's interior is superb. The build-quality is what one would expect from any German car manufacturer. Passengers always comment on the red instrument display at night! My father prefers the half-leather seats to the Recaros in his Mk4 Golf GTI-Turbo. There were a few trim squeaks which the dealer rectified under warranty. Rear legroom is very tight, but then I hardly ever have rear passengers.

Standard equipment is very generous (TCS, Climate control power-everything etc etc), but a CD changer is missing. I fitted a Sony 6 disc changer which was very easy given that the bus cable was already present in the boot.

I've just replaced the two front tyres - Pirelli P-zeros being the original fitment. They offer good levels of grip, especially in the wet. The car's handling can be described as sharp and precise, certainly not perfect (I've driven a Ford Puma and would concur that it does handle better). Though, the Ibiza's minor handling imperfections (slight understeer) make the car more entertaining.

In all, a fantastic car. I'm thinking about having the engine chip-tuned. 195bhp is easily obtained. I would appreciate comments from those that have had it done though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th January, 2002

22nd Aug 2002, 20:48

Hey Steve.

What did you mean when you mentioned running cost? It seemed to get only a satisfactory rating in this area. Can you elaborate a little further as to what running costs includes? Thank you very much. I really appreciate your honest review.

Sincerely yours,

Soon to be a VW GTI owner.

2000 Seat Ibiza Cupra 20VT 1.8 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland


The best way to get a high performance, well built VAG group car



General Comments:

The car is incredibly quick in a straight line, however cornering it can understeer quite easily. It needs setting up into corners for the best performance.

The cabin is well built. Typical VW/Audi standards of switchgear, how they make plastic look so good, I don't know? The half leather seats could be a bit more supportive and the leather is not of great quality, but they look tasteful and are colour coded to match the exterior.

Rear legroom is a bit disappointing if you need it, however in my case this isn't a problem at all.

Nice quality from the standard stereo/speakers. Easy to use as well with all of the controls for the CD changer to hand and large enough to use without needing to look away from the road.

Large but deep boot so there is quite a lip to lower heavy objects over.

Great level of standard equipment - climate control aircon, traction control, ABS, and EBD (electronic brake force distribution).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2001