19th September 2017

Attractively priced and on the cheaper side to run, compared to some of its rivals. The Seat Ibiza is easy to drive, spacious and comfortable, but the FR model is more appealing to the eye with its defined edges, twin exhaust and diamond cut alloy wheels. We put the Ibiza 1.0l TSI FR to the test and went on a road trip to Cambridge to get a real feel for the car.


The new Ibiza has been designed for urban adventures. It’s bold exterior lines and aerodynamic efficient shape is designed to save fuel and go further.

  • Twin chrome exhaust
  • Full LED headlights
  • 17” two-toned alloy wheels
  • Roof spoiler
  • Stylish front grill


Seat have put thought into the interior design of the car to enhance space and practicality. Its sleek new customizable dashboard keeps the car looking tidy and leaves you with much more space. The Ibiza’s LED ambient lighting allows you to adjust it from red to white, to really set the mood! With most cars in the Ibiza’s class, it’s a real struggle to squeeze three grown adults in the back. However, with its broad shape means there’s not so much as a fight for shoulder room.

Capacity wise Seat claims the Ibiza has a bigger boot than a Ford Focus, whilst we don’t believe that to be quite correct, there is more space for luggage compared to most other small car rivals. The Ibiza has four cup holders in the front, two in the door, two in the centre console and three other smaller storage spaces which accommodates well for; phones, keys and money.


Firstly, the assisted braking. This is fabulous when combined with cruise control whilst driving on dual carriage ways or a motorway – all you’re left to do is steer.  Moving onto the 8inch infotainment glass screen which comes with all the latest technology needed for the perfect road trip including maps, messages, drive profiles and Apple Carplay

Every road trip requires a soundtrack, so Seat have partnered up with Beats Audio to offer a fantastic sound system. With six speakers, a high-end subwoofer and 300W amplifier cruising to tunes has never been better.

Seat has worked on eliminating distractions by enhancing the driver assist display, encouraging you to keep your focus on the road;

  • Turn by turn directions
  • Driving aids – breaking assist, traffic sign recognition, cruise control, automatic lights and windscreen wipers, tiredness recognition system
  • Caller ID
  • Bluetooth audio – apple car play
  • Driving information
  • Parking sensors
  • Keyless entry and start


The Ibiza would have easily been a 5-star car but there is one aspect that lets it down and that’s its cornering, there is slight over steer. Other than that, the Ibiza is a beautiful drive with light steering a sports suspension making the ride firm and a great set of breaks which stop instantly if need too. For a 95bhp car the way it pulls is great, getting up to speed rather quickly for a smaller 1.0l car and it is by far one of the most comfortable rides in its class. Its fuel efficiency in eco mode is great with a massive 60.1mpg. However, the fuel efficiency decreases as you put it into sport mode.

Overall Rating:

Overall, we really enjoyed driving the Ibiza FR. It is a lovely car, great for both the younger and older generations. Posing a sporty body kit, sports seats and chunky 17inch alloys the FR is eye catching and unique, not to mention cheap to run and cheap on insurance.

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