posted 7 years ago

Ford Fiesta vs. Seat Ibiza

Which is best then? The Ford Fiesta or the Seat Ibiza?

Which is best then? The Ford Fiesta or the Seat Ibiza? This is a tricky question as both these superminis have: fun-focussed handling, a pleasing equipment specification, robust construction, and super-stylish looks. Furthermore, both have similar 300-litre cargo capacities and fashionable images to make the neighbours jealous. So, how can we separate these capable machines? Time to consider their environmental credentials.

Warming-up in the green corner is the Ford Fiesta Edge Econetic 1.6 TDCi DPF. This is the most fuel efficient variant in the range. As such, this eco-maestro averages a mighty 76.3mpg and returns 88.3mpg on the extra-urban cycle. Emissions are 95g/km, which is less than my old bicycle. Hold on though. The Seat Ibiza S Copa 1.2 TDI CR Ecomotive is even more frugal. It averages an unbelievable 80.7mpg, returns 91.1mpg on the extra- urban cycle, and its emissions are a rock-bottom 92g/km. We have a worthy winner then.

Despite their environmental wizardry, these eco-spec machines have two slightly negative characteristics. Whereas neither is slow the performance is leisurely. The Ford takes 12.3 seconds to hit 62mph and the Seat takes a lengthy 13.9 seconds. Price is a consideration too, so expect to pay £14,495 for the Fiesta. Its entry-level sibling only costs £9,495 and manages 51.4mpg. The Leon costs £13,990 – £2,565 more than the cheapest version. But hey, nobody said being green is cheap or easy. At least your conscience will be clear.