2002 Seat Ibiza SE 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland


Good for price, very sporty look


Small oil leak detected at first service, repaired.

Glove box doesn't open properly, plastic underneath deformed.

Slight chattering from gears when in neutral.

Back brakes make sound when braking in wet or cold weather, was told there is no remedy for this, except braking hard when you hear the noise and it will stop for that drive.

General Comments:

Overall good performance for a 1.2 engine, good acceleration.

Engine is very loud, unrefined. When cold sounds like a tractor.

Fuel economy so far hasn't been great, although I have been doing mostly city driving.

Comfortable, great sound system for entry level model, good extras.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th April, 2004

21st Apr 2004, 03:11

I have that same engine in my Ibiza and it's been lovely and quiet since 8 miles (now 15,000). I'd get the dealer to have a butchers at that - especially if it sounds like a tractor.

Had the same response about the brakes, is it just the drums on the back that make the noise?

2002 Seat Ibiza TDI Sport 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


A High performer with good economy which always makes me smile when I press the accelerator


Screws holding mud flaps came loose.

General Comments:

If you want a sporty car and good economy what are you waiting for. It has serious torque at any speed and leaves most boy racers standing as well as people who try and bite your bumper on the motorway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2003

2002 Seat Ibiza Sport 1.9 turbo diesel from Spain


The 130 BHP is worth every penny. Excellent


The worst thing about this car is the build quality. The constants noises were so bad that it drove me up the bend. Seat had the car over 5 times, would solve the problems and then after a few days they would all come back. The car has has also always pulled to one side with the ESP on, Seat blamed the tires for not being run in, but we have now done 19000kms and their answer: You are the only ones who have complained.

General Comments:

We purchased a 130 Bhp TDI because our long trips with the GTI Golf were braking the bank. The engine in the Ibiza is the same as the TDI Golf, itssssss perfect, and economical. Be warned the 100Bhp TDI is rubbish, so harsh ans noisy. The only reason we have not sold the car its because of the engine, it's hard to believe how smooth and fast the car is, yet so so so economical. O yeah for the same money as the polo we got so many extras. Climate control, 4 Airbags, ESP, Rear window blind, Boot Tray, Cd Player. As while for the same money a Polo gave us nothing. In my opinion rent one for a day, fall in Love and install a nice sound systems to cover up the noises. Sorted.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th September, 2003

2002 Seat Ibiza Signo 1.4 16v 101PS from Greece


One of the best cars in the


A component of the air-conditioning broke down resulting in noise generation within the cabin.

General Comments:

The material used on the dashboard of the Sport and Signo models is of very high quality for a super-mini.

The engine has lots of power which only appears after you pass the limit of the 4000RPM.

Fuel consumption is reasonable when considering the engine's power.

The suspensions that come in stock are pretty stiff, but provide excellent handling and stability.

The Pirelli P6000 Powergy that came in stock were a really bad choice on behalf of Seat.

The braking system is simply excellent, with ABS, and Brake Assist being standard equipment.

Just like in all VAG group models, there is a high chance that owners will face malfunctions from the mechanisms of the front passenger windows.

The overall design and quality of the dashboard as well as the rest of the car's interior is very good, especially when compared with Polo. However, the manufacturer has included very few small storage places.

The cabin provides plenty of room for passengers and the availability of full adjustment for the rear seats as well as the steering wheel will fit drivers with all sorts of heights.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2003