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35 Euro Cars That Can Save America: # 30 - Seat Ibiza

Updated on September 30, 2008

 

Seat was once the Spanish affiliate of Fiat and was renowned for making cars that fell apart even faster than its Italian parent company. The jibe was that after a couple of years the entire car would rust away and all you were left with was the “Seat”. Volkswagen bought Seat years ago and it proceeded to turn the sad little automaker into a Euro killer. Seat cars are now some of the best built cars in Europe and the Ibiza is a fantastic car. Yes, it's a touch dated, and it is way overpriced, but if you like your German build quality with a side of Tapas, it's the only way to go.

 

The Seat Ibiza Hatchback 1.2 12v70 Freerider 3 Door is estimated to carry a North American net sale price of $13,015.30, given the prevailing market pricing of similar automobiles. Its 1198 cc engine powers the car to a top speed of 106 MPH and an acceleration shown by a zero to sixty MPH time of 14.2 seconds. The performance factor of 11.3 is average for its class. The Seat Ibiza Hatchback 1.2 12v70 Freerider 3 Door returns 55.4 MPG in highway driving, 35.8 MPG in the city, and a combined loop mileage of 47.1. With a fuel tank capacity of 9.9 gallons, the car can travel 548 miles on a full tank of unleaded regular fuel, but when it's filled right up to the top of the fuel filler neck, the total range should be approximately 661 miles. When all these price, performance and mileage factors are taken into consideration, the Seat Ibiza Hatchback 1.2 12v70 Freerider 3 Door scores a combined Practicality Index of 66, with 100 representing the best, most practical car available and 1 representing a Hummer H3.

 

Seat Ibiza Hatchback 1.2 12v70 Freerider 3 Door •

ACTUAL AVERAGE EUROPEAN PRICE • $16,642.60

MANUFACTURER'S EUROPEAN PRICE • $19,822.75

ESTIMATED NORTH AMERICAN PRICE • $13,015.30

SPECIFICATIONS & OUTPUT •

Body Style • Hatchback

Doors • Number of • 3

Seats • Number of • 5

Engine Displacement (cc) & Cylinders • 1198 / 3

Valves • Number of • 12

Type of Fuel • Unleaded

Maximum Power (bhp @ rpm) • 69 / 5400

Torque (lb / ft) • 83

Engine Layout • F

Wheel Drive • Front

Overall Length (mm) • 3977

Overall Width (mm) • 1698

Overall Height (mm) • 1441

Trunk Capacity Seats Up (litres) • 267

Turning Radius (m) • 10.6

Towing Capacity (kg) • 800

Curb Weight (kg) • 1027

PERFORMANCE •

0 to 60 MPH (secs) • 14.2

Top speed (MPH) • 106

EQUIPMENT AVAILABILITY & PRICING •

EXTERIOR •

Alloy Rims / Wheels • Standard Equipment

Metallic Exterior Paint • $360.00

SECURITY & SAFETY FEATURES •

Central Locking System • Standard Equipment

Remote Locking System • Standard Equipment

Power Assisted Steering • Standard Equipment

Seat Belt Pre-Tensioners • Standard Equipment

Driver Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Passenger Side Air Bag • Standard Equipment

Side Mounted Air Bag • Option Option Price Not Available

Center Mounted Three Point Seat Belt • Standard Equipment

Electronic Stability System • Option Not Available

Anti Lock (ABS) Brakes • Standard Equipment

Deadlock • Standard Equipment

Vehicle Immobilizer • Standard Equipment

Visible VIN • Standard Equipment

Secure Spare Tire • Standard Equipment

Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers • $330.00

Adaptive Cruise Speed Control • Option Not Available

Lane Departure Alarm • Option Not Available

Parking Sensor For Front • Option Not Available

CONVENIENCE & COMFORT FEATURES •

Climatic Control • Standard Equipment

Adjustable Steering Reach • Standard Equipment

Adjustable Steering Height • Standard Equipment

Adjustable Seat Height • Standard Equipment

Split Folding Rear Seats • Standard Equipment

Power Front Windows • Standard Equipment

Remote Mirrors • Standard Equipment

Electrically Heated Mirrors • Standard Equipment

Power Moonroof • $450.00

Cruise Speed Control • Standard Equipment

Power Sunroof • Option Not Available

Remote Folding Mirrors • Standard Equipment

SOUND, NAVIGATION & COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS •

iPod / MP3 Connector • Option Option Price Not Available

Bluetooth Enabled • Option Not Available

DVD Player Enabled • Option Not Available

MP3 CD Player Enabled • Standard Equipment

Vehicle Hard Drive • Option Not Available

OPERATING COSTS •

City MPG • 35.8

Highway MPG • 55.4

Combined MPG • 47.1

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons) • 9.9

Carbon Dioxide Rating (g / km) • 140

Carbon Footprint Offset Cost • $20.00

Eco Rating • C

Insurability Grouping • 4

Estimated Average Insurance • $323.00

Percentage Value Retained (3 Years / 36,000 mi) • 41.00%

Estimated Average Monthly Lease Cost • $248.00

Maintenance Factor • 30

Estimated Maintenance Cost Over 3 Years • $864.00

Maintenance Intervals • 6,000 mi

Manufacturer's Warranty Term • 3 Year / 40,000 mi

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