It’s a sign of the times that SEAT has been quick to make its latest generation Ibiza available in Ecomotive trim. Fuel efficient superminis have become big sellers making them a must-have for any range with aspirations of big sales. The previous model offered an affordable low CO2 option which offered great value for money. Has SEAT repeated the trick?
Following years of consistent weight gain, manufacturers are now trying to reduce the weight of new models and are becoming increasingly successful at it. The Ibiza Ecomotive is now around 35 Kg lighter, and it is also more aerodynamic, partly due to a slight reduction in width. This means that the combined fuel consumption improves to an excellent 80.7 mpg.
The Ecomotive is available in both three-door (SC) and five-door formats. The three-door looks sharper but the five-door offers increased practicality and rear headroom for a modest increase in price. Both use the same 1.2 litre turbodiesel engine which produces 74 bhp at 4,000 rpm and 133 lb.ft of torque at 1,500 rpm. A particulate filter is standard but as with all current diesels, NOx emissions remain an issue.
SEAT has a good recent track record of building cars which are fun to drive and the Ibiza continues this trend proving game enough to keep you awake on the back roads. Boot space is good for this sector with 284 litres available in the SC and 292 litres in the five-door.
The SEAT Ibiza continues to offer a great blend of low running costs and affordability. It is also good to drive and in five-door spec it’s practical too. The only sign of cost-cutting is the use of slightly lower quality materials in the dashboard than the best in class but we think SEAT has got the price/quality balance spot on.