Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ibiza Is Red-Hot

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ibiza Is Red-Hot

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Byline: By Peter Keenan

Ibiza has passed me by as a holiday destination - I prefer a French cafe and a bottle of red rather than an all-night rave.

But when SEAT decided to name its supermini after the wild west of holiday destinations the Spanish company knew what it was doing.

This 1.9-litre TDi Sport is the Club 18-30 of the motoring world. If it was a tourist it would be a raucous party animal up for just about anything.

There is nothing civilised about this beast of a car. The 130bhp generated by the turbo diesel engine deposits your internal organs in the rear seats and then tramples all over them.

The Sport suspension is on the concrete-side of firm giving top notch body control on well maintained roads while making cornering a joy - helped by power steering that is light and accurate.

Unfortunately, the ride on more bumpy surfaces is, on occasion, uncomfortable. Most jolts find their way straight into the cabin leaving you shaken not stirred. You'll find yourself playing avoid the hole in the road as the noise and boneshaking shudder from the suspension, if you hit one, is painful.

The car's pace from a standing start is exceptional. It takes less than ten seconds to hit 62mph on its way to a top speed of 129mph.

The exterior styling is a little tubular for my liking but sleek enough none the less.

On the value for money front the car presses all the right buttons. Fuel economy is excellent. I was convinced the needle was stuck on full as it refused to move despite the fact I wasn't exactly driving it to maximise fuel consumption.

Emissions are relatively low, as is the insurance rating - especially for a car this quick.

Despite its supermini tag the Ibiza easily copes with the needs of a family with plenty of boot space - although the sill is a little high for easy access. …

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