The SEAT Ibiza is a popular supermini which scores big points for its sharp styling and strong value for money. With prices starting at £10,000, the Spanish hatchback offers a tempting alternative to the Ford Fiesta and the Volkswagen Polo.
When buying any small car, it’s important to know how easy it will fit into your life – or indeed, your driveway. We’ve poured over the dimensions inside and out so you’ll know how it compares to its main rivals.
SEAT Ibiza and Ibiza ST external dimensions
The SC and 5-door are near identical in size. At 4,061mm long, the Ibiza measures 92mm longer than the Ford Fiesta, so the Ford might just be able to squeeze into parking spaces that the SEAT can’t. The ST gains 193mm of bodywork behind the rear wheels to the benefit of boot space, but as width and height are almost the same, it feels just as easy to drive.
|Height||1,445mm (SC 1,424mm)|
SEAT Ibiza and Ibiza ST interior dimensions
While the Ibiza doesn’t offer class-leading interior space – look to the Honda Jazz or Hyundai i20 for that – it’ll offer more than adequate accommodation for most buyers: head, leg and shoulder room are all within a few millimetres of its closest competitors. Although the SC’s fewer doors make it harder to get into the back than the five-door alternatives, it isn’t any less roomy once you’re settled in.
|Headroom (front/rear)||986mm/952mm (Avant 985mm)|
|Shoulder room (front/rear)||1,335mm/1,335mm|
SEAT Ibiza and Ibiza ST boot space
With a volume of 292 litres, the Ibiza’s boot is right on the money for its class. The Renault Clio is marginally larger (300 litres) and the Volkswagen Polo is marginally smaller (280 litres) – neither of which are differences you’ll easily notice. All Ibizas benefit from 60:40 split/folding rear seats, but the rear bench seats don’t fold to leave a completely flat floor.
Those requiring extra space can choose the ST. This estate version 430-litre load bay is identical to the much larger Nissan Qashqai.
|Seats up (SC, 5dr/ST)||292/430 litres|
|Seats down (SC, 5dr/ST)||847/1,164 litres|
SEAT Ibiza and Ibiza ST turning circle and fuel tank
A tight turning circle is very useful for both town driving and parking, and in this respect the SEAT scores reasonably well. It turns a marginal 10cm tighter than the already manoeuvrable Ford Fiesta, and 60cm tighter than the VW Polo.
Brim the 45-litre fuel tank, and the most frugal 1.4 TDI Ecomotive could potentially achieve a range of 777 miles – should you match the claimed 78.5mpg figure.
|Turning circle||10 metres|
|Fuel tank||45 litres|
SEAT Ibiza and Ibiza ST weights
A lightweight car offers numerous benefits. The need to move stop and turn with unnecessary mass will make any car slower, less frugal with fuel, and harder to stop and turn.
The Ibiza is fairly standard for its class, with basic models weighing in at just over a tonne. Picking the estate version adds a fairly modest 50kg to the overall figure. In order to compensate for the potential extra kit the estate can swallow, the rear suspension has been beefed up in order to offer a similar level of ride comfort to the regular Ibizas.
|1,043kg (1.0 SC)||1,211kg (1.4 TDI ST)|