SEAT Ibiza: The Unsung Hero



Prominence of green cars

Ever since the Toyota Prius made everyone that little bit more aware of “green” cars and hybrids a lot of drivers now care more about the mpg (miles per gallon) than they do the litres, valves and all the rest of it with the emphasis going from how fast you can go to how long you can go without filling up.

There are some major benefits of having an economical car, mainly financially. Your fuel consumption will go down and therefore less trips to the petrol stations (whose prices are going up!), you can avoid the congestion charge if you live in London and some cars if they have below 100g/km emissions are road tax exempt.

With the U.K being in a recession cutting costs stopped being a hob
by and started becoming a necessity for a most of the people in the country and with this the search for a good economical car become more and more serious.

The Seat Ibiza 1.2 TDI

As the title suggests we’re here to discuss the Seat Ibiza 1.2 TDI CR Ecomotive to be precise. To me, the new Ibiza is a genuinely good looking car, sensational as Seat would like you to feel. It has become a lot more modern and mature looking than the previous facelift and does stand out in traffic with its body lines and sharp points, on the inside the cabin has more than enough gadgets and gizmos for a modern driver and it’s comfortable to boot.

However, the one thing that really stands out for me is the engine. It’s the most economical in its range and can produce a staggering 80.7 mpg! Everyone knows this isn’t a “real world” figure but you get the idea of what it’s capable of. The reason I call the Ibiza and unsung hero is the fact that it is essentially a Volkswagen Polo, delivering better mpg than most hybrids, competes very well with rival hatchbacks and the price is a steal!


Let’s compare some cars it’s competing with –

Toyota Yaris Hybrid 1.5 VVT-I 80.7 mpg 79 g/km £15,495

Vauxhall Corsa 1.3CDTI ecoFLEX 80.7 94g/km £15,330.00

Peugeot 208 1.4 e-HDi (automatic) 87g/km 83 mpg £14,195.00

Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCI 71 mpg 104g/km 95 £15,245.00

Seat Ibiza 1.2 TDI Ecomotive 80.7 92g/km £13,300

*This list was compiled using the database and the OTR prices taken directly from the manufacturer’s website of new cars available now.

It does go without saying that there will be more economical and cheaper cars out there than the Ibiza – but this isn’t what this blog is about. This is just my personal opinion from working in the new car leasing trade that the Seat Ibiza 1.2 TDI Ecomotive is the complete package.


To summarise the blog today I would begin by saying that the Ibiza 1.2 TDI is a brilliant, brilliant little car. If you are going for a diesel hatchback I would advise to seriously consider this car, take it for a test drive and do your homework. A factor that a lot of people take into consideration is who is really behind the manufacturer- knowing that Seat is a part of Volkswagen who make Audi’s can change a lot of people’s minds.

It looks great, the economy is right at the top, the emissions are very low and most importantly the price is cheap, as an example of leasing this car it would be as little as £121 with us. Check Seat’s website or your local deal if you need more information about a purchase.

Thanks for reading today, if you feel the same way or have another car you feel trumps the Ibiza then feel free to leave a comment or send an email to, to find the latest deals on not just green but any car please visit


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