ST SE 1.6 TDI CR
Ibiza supermini is already
best selling model range
in the UK. Now theres
a new Ibiza
on the block the 5-door Ibiza
THE IBIZA RANGE has consisted of SC (three-door) and five-door models with
petrol and diesel engines and prices ranging from £9,560 to £17,720 but with
the heartland models costing around £12,000.
The new ST five-door estates are priced from £12,070 to £14,910; the most costly
model is the 1.2-litre TDI three-cylinder, 73bhp turbodiesel, SE CR E Ecomotive
variant with CO2 emissions of 92g/km and so exempt from road tax.
Officially, this eco version will return 80.7mpg but in a brief test drive this
week around the busy roads of the Farnborough area, the fuel economy was a disappointing
41.8mpg. However, the open road should improve that figure.
Priced at a hefty £14,910, even the no-cost road tax, the 13 per cent Benefit-in-Kind
company car tax and the low group 8E insurance rating doesn't add up financially.
Furthermore, driving-wise the ST's progress is dulled by the low power output
and tall CO2-saving gearing. Top speed is 104mph and 0-62mph takes all of 14.6
better alternative is the SE 1.6 TDI CR four-cylinder with its 103bhp and 184lb
ft turbodiesel unit. This model costs less (£14,430), will officially return
65.7mpg and on test on the same driving route had no problem showing are far
healthier 51.3mpg. With emissions of 112g/km the road tax is £0 for the First
Year rate and thereafter £30 annually and while the company car tax is still
13%, the insurance rating is Group 14E.
a top speed of 117mph and a zero to 62mph time of 10.9 seconds this, for me,
is the model to have. The engine sounds a little harsh but the 184lb ft of torque,
available from 1,500rpm, made it a responsive driving package and with the potential
for really good real-life fuel economy.
its just 180mm
longer than the Ibiza five-
door hatch, theres plenty
of room with all five
seats in use the load
space is a very useable
430 litres and this rises
to an impressive 1,164
litres with the 60:40 split
rear seats folded down...
Across the range there is a choice of four engines: two petrol and two diesels
with power outputs from 73bhp to 103bhp mated with five-speed manual or, on
certain models, the modern dual-clutch seven-speed DSG auto transmission.
But there are more important figures for buyers considering the advantages of
owning a 'supermini' class estate. The ST's overall length is 4.23 metres which
makes it just 180mm longer than the Ibiza five-door hatch. However, with all
five seats in use the load space is still a very useable 430 litres and this
rises to an impressive 1,164 litres with the 60:40 split rear seats folded down.
As for trim and equipment levels, there are three: S, SE and Sport. All models
have, as standard, air conditioning, a four-speaker stereo radio/CD system,
steering column-mounted audio controls, electrically-operated front windows,
electronic stability programme and body-coloured bumpers.
The SE level looks the best value option and includes 15-inch alloy wheels,
trip computer, cruise control, remote central locking, alarm, height- and reach-adjustable
steering column and power door mirrors. Of course, there is a wide range of
extra-cost options and all seem attractively priced and affordable for
instance, a panoramic sunroof, at £455, looks good value.
Niggles? The interior is not plush but then it will be hard wearing, and the
engine is harsh and noisy at times. That aside, the Ibiza ST is well priced,
good value, economical to run, spacious, comfortable, well equipped and very
stylish. It also offers versatile load carrying space, is easy to live with
and fun to drive. David Miles
SEAT Ibiza ST SE 1.6 TDI CR | £14,430
Maximum speed: 117mph | 0-62mph: 10.9 seconds | Overall test MPG: 51.3mpg
Power: 103bhp | Torque: 184lb ft | CO2 112g/km