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“This Spanish star should be on buyers’ wishlists” says Autoexpress

Last month Auto Express recommended the SEAT Ibiza as an economical alternative to supermini market favourite, the Ford Fiesta.

“We adore the Ford Fiesta,” said Auto Express. “The problem is, we also love getting value for money… and the cheapest Fiesta is now a hefty £11,536, and the best-selling 1.25-litre Zetec five-door is £13,886.

“You could save cash by buying a SEAT Ibiza. In more powerful 1.4-litre Sport form, it costs £12,005 – and matches the Ford for kit.”

“The Spanish brand is carving out a niche as a builder of stylish and affordable cars with sporty handling,” said Auto Express. “SEAT also leads the way by selling performance variants… [Ford] still doesn’t offer a hot Fiesta, even after a year on sale.

“In contrast, there is a pair of sizzling Ibizas. The Cupra and Bocanegra use the Volkswagen Group’s acclaimed 1.4-litre TSI engine – with a supercharger to boost low-end power and turbo for the upper range. It delivers 178bhp through a slick-shifting seven-speed DSG twin-clutch gearbox.

“The Cupra is priced from £17,245 – yet if that’s too much, the 1.4-litre FR turbo has 150bhp and sells for £15,520, which is less than the 118bhp Fiesta Zetec S.”

Read the full Ibiza review here at AutoExpress