Motoring: Take off in Tardis of the Tarmac; Seat Cordoba Is Economical
Byline: Robin Roberts
FROM almost nothing a few years ago, Seat has developed a wide range of models to suit every taste and requirement.
And the development goes on with one of the latest versions being the 100bhp version of the 1.9 diesel engine in the Cordoba saloon.
Saloons are not the popular choice in the UK but rather are seen as more up-market than a hatchback.
And if you can get a good economical engine which is also very clean it is even a better choice for discerning drivers. There is also a 130bhp version of the same engine but I opted for the pounds 2,000 cheaper model and sacrificed alloys, climate control and heated mirrors as well, which seems a small price to pay for a car which is more economical to own as well.
The 100 bhp engine was slightly sluggish from rest but once under way it was fairly brisk though a little boomy and no i sy.
You had to keep it spinning to make the most of opportunities but the gearchange was direct and light, the steering fluid if a little free and the brakes always reassuringly strong with modest effort needed underfoot.
The secondary controls were all well laid out and easy to operate while the simple instruments were clear.
Heating and ventilation on the S-version includes air conditioning but not the climate control of the dearer model. Nevertheless, it was very efficient and kept the interior damp-free and pleasant. …