Suzanne Keane checks out the very practical and very stylish Seat Ibiza Van
What is it? Originally appearing in 1984 the Seat Ibiza has come a long way from its boxy Spanish roots and the facelifted MK4 version is also available in a commercial version.
Styling? The Ibiza van retains the funky looks of the car it’s based on and by keeping the rear windows in place it really doesn’t look like a van until you sit inside.
Under the Bonnet? The model tested had a 1.4L TDi diesel engine which has a 75bhp output.
What about inside? The interior of the Ibiza van is quite basic – plastic finishes dominate the cabin but there is a 5” touchscreen with SD card and USB connectivity. Seats are comfortable and despite being open to the rear road noise isn’t really an issue. In the back there’s a parcel shelf hiding the floor space so if you’re not carrying bulky loads it’s ideal for keeping goods well-hidden and a cage separates the front and back compartments.
How much can it carry? The Ibiza van we tested has a payload of 440Kg or 930 litres.
On the Road? The 1.4TDi engine is more than adequate although can be a little noisy under pressure. Around town the tidy styling of the Ibiza makes it really easy to manoeuvre and the use of tinted glass in the rear windows make visibility much better.
And Safety? The Ibiza van comes with ABS, ESC, EBD and EBA as standard along with multi-collision braking system, enhanced vehicle deceleration warning light activation and driver and passenger airbags.
Options? Standard equipment on the Ibiza van includes a full size spare wheel, body coloured bumpers, rear spoiler, comfort suspension, electric windows and a 5” touchscreen media system.
Optional extras are available such as A/C (€748), a driver package including cruise control (€140), a winter pack including heated front seats (€284), smart connect pack with Bluetooth and multifunction steering wheel (€234) and metallic paint (€415).
Will it break the bank? The Seat Ibiza van starts at €12,820 (€10,460 ex VAT) for a 1L petrol MPI engine with 75bhp. The model tested was a 1.4TDi 75bhp which starts from €14,710 (€11,995 ex VAT) and will consume just 3.9l/100km.
Verdict? The Ibiza van looks good on the road but the interior finish feels very basic – however it’s important to keep in mind that if you’re eligible to claim the VAT back for your business you can own one of these for under €12k with a 3 year warranty.
Why you’ll buy one? Economical and looks just like a car
Why you won’t? Load space is just slightly better than a car with the seats folded down!
Seat Ibiza Van
Engine: 1.4 TDi 75bhp (210NM Torque)
Max speed: 171 km/h
Emissions (Motor Tax): 104g/km (€333)
Model price range: starts at €10,460 ex VAT (model tested €11,995 ex VAT)
Load Capacity: 930 litres
No of Doors: 3 doors
Euro NCAP : 5 star (passenger version)
Fuel type: Diesel
Fuel Economy (combined cycle): 3.9l/100km
18th July, 2016