The new Seat Ibiza 5d Ecomotive challenges the perception that environmentally friendly cars are simply mind-numbingly dreary
The new Seat Ibiza 5d Ecomotive challenges the perception that environmentally friendly cars are simply mind-numbingly dreary underachieving rot-boxes most suitable for ageing hippies. In fact, this particular eco warrior is a worthy machine that could actually save you a small fortune.The Ibiza Ecomotive has a 1.4-litre diesel engine producing 78bhp. Performance is rather leisurely but the compensation comes in the form of staggeringly low fuel consumption. This economical supermini returns a combined average of 76.3mpg and up to 94.2mpg on the extra-urban cycle. Emissions are therefore merely 98g/km which is two grams below the threshold for paying road tax. By stark contrast to some environmentally focused vehicles, the Ibiza's handling is enjoyable and accomplished. This likeable run-around can be thrown into corners and will enthusiastically hit the apex before emerging on the exit calm and composed. This is due to the precise steering, impressive body control, and excellent ride quality. The Ibiza was also awarded the maximum five Euro NCAP safety stars for adult occupant protection. Motoring.co.uk's database reveals the Seat Ibiza range is listed with 'buy safe' sellers from £7,295 including the scrappage discount. This environmental champion also comes on hire purchase, with a £5,341 deposit, for thirty-six payments of £189 at 0% APR.