2004 Seat Ibiza 1.2 12v from Slovakia
Small engine = fun little car
So far nothing.
First the engine:
1.2 seems like it's too small, but in my mind it's perfect for driving in city or on B roads. After 3000 revs the engine sounds beautiful and is quite gutsy. You can have an incredible amount of fun while driving it, and it is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
The economy is quite impressive, but strongly depends on your driving style. If you try hard, you can get the promised 50 mpg. On highway, the engine is a little noisy, but nothing annoying or painful.
Ride can't be called comfortable, it is more on the sporty side. Therefore it jumps on bigger potholes around town. But on a twisty side road, you will enjoy every corner.
Nothing out of the ordinary. But sometimes I struggle to find reverse.
Standard VW, but in my mind it's better looking than the Fabia or Polo. Space in the rear seats is good for a small car, and in the front seats you will have plenty of space. The steering wheel is adjustable in 2 directions, so almost everyone will be able to find comfortable seating position.
To sum up, for your money you will get a lot of car. Running costs and reliability are quite good. I can say that I am very glad that I chose an Ibiza, and I would do it again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th November, 2010