Seat Inca Reviews

2000 Seat Inca SD 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.9 diesel Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired105910 miles
Most recent distance110652 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Caddy

Summary:

Reliable and cheap to run

Faults:

Electronic fuel pump at 100,000 miles.

Piston rings and hydraulic lifters at 108,000 miles.

General Comments:

Good van, economical; 50mpg.

Very reliable; still turns first time any time.

Good load area and tow capability. Recommend for apprentices or labour.

Electronic fuel pump fails around the 100k miles mark and is dear to recondition.

Any body damage results in rust.

Expect clutch/gear and electrical trouble with vans over 100k, but very little with any below that with a service history.

Try the turbo Caddy as an alternative.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2008

1998 Seat Inca 1.9D 19. diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 19. diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 miles
Most recent distance92000 miles

Summary:

All in all a great little workhorse, excellent value

Faults:

Front CV Joint 'Boot' keeps coming loose, needing full replacement.

Rear Brakes stick if left standing for more than a couple of weeks.

The 'CAT' went at 85k.

General Comments:

I've had no major problems (touch wood) since I got the Van.

I think the performance is fine (but then again I don't thrash it around).

I get 50 mpg from it when cruising at 80mph on the M way, and 40-45 mpg doing urban driving.

I certainly would buy another (but they don't make them now!) and feel that the thought a Caddy is better, is crazy, they're the same (except for the badge.

I've never had to put any oil in EVER! (i do get it serviced every 8 months though).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd August, 2004

14th May 2013, 09:43

Yeah, you're correct, there's no difference between the Caddy & the Inca; they're both made in Spain in the Seat factory.

1997 Seat Inca 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.9 diesel
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10

Faults:

Lot's of problems with the clutch and gearing on this vehicle.

General Comments:

A good van, although there are a lot of better alternatives. The locks are also terrible.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 1999

11th Aug 2001, 07:01

I have been driving an Inca for about a year now and have had endless trouble (faulty locks, ignition, etc...). Performance is terrible (granted it is only a 1.9D). I can get 69mph in third gear and 85mph in fourth. Driving this van requires a lot of fifth to third gear changes the brakes are rubbish and handling is crap when thrashing it on twisty country roads. For the extra money its worth buying the new Caddy Tdi.

18th Dec 2011, 15:18

It's not a sports car, it's a delivery vehicle.

18th Jun 2013, 05:50

Driving like that in a light van is clearly being a pest on the roads.

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 3 reviews