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Can the SEAT Ibiza FR with its zesty appearance stand firm against the competition?


The SEAT Ibiza has always been rather peculiar in the motoring world. With its zesty appearance and undoubtably youthful reputation the SEAT Ibiza has created somewhat of a following in the circles of die hard enthusiasts. However, it has always been one of the less favoured among the small hot hatches on the market where over the last decade the Ford Fiesta has reigned supreme.

The Ibiza FR seems to have it all, starting with its perky 1.4litre turbocharged 140bhp engine that although isn’t a huge amount of power, in the real world is more than capable. Its definitely a case of not how much power you have but how you use it. With the added advantage of Volkswagen’s Active Cylinder Technology thus running from two cylinders in the four pot engine the Ibiza is capable of an impressive 60mpg.

Its definitely a case of not how much power you have but how you use it.

Inside the Ibiza the scene runs the same. A solid build quality throughout, all be it rather basic with the addition of a skinny steering wheel. However, you would imagine that this sparse appearance in the cockpit would mean that the driver can focus on the Ibiza’s sporty driving experience.


The light weight turbocharged 1.4litre lump delivers ample performance thanks to the relatively low torque delivery similar to that of diesels and with a 0-62mph of 7.8 seconds the Ibiza definitely is an brisk. As always the fun factor of a small front wheel drive car is always in its handling and the SEAT Ibiza FR can definitely deliver here. With minimal understeer and go kart like handling the Ibiza is like a playful puppy as you chuck it from one corner to the next.

The SEAT Ibiza Fr definitely holds a special place in my heart and even though it does have its flaws it can’t be denied that this is definitely something different from the countless Ford Fiestas and Vauxhall Corsas that we see on the road. Although it may not have the overall selling power of the others, the SEAT Ibiza is definitely a bold choice for someone wanting something a little unique.

Author Matthew Pearson


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