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By Richard Aucock
05 December 2008 11:29
Less than a year after it launched the first Ibiza Ecomotive Seat is back with a second-generation environmentally friendly Spanish supermini. And rather than an end-of-life run-out like the first car, the new Seat Ibiza Ecomotive is here to stay for the next few years.
Compared with the old car the all-important fuel economy and CO2 figures are improved, from 74.3mpg and 99g/km CO2 to 76.3mpg 98g/km. That latter figure puts it on par with the Ford Fiesta Econetic as the least polluting car on sale (not counting electric cars) until the 85.6mpg and 88g/km Smart ForTwo CDI arrives in 2009.
Yes. The Ibiza, in old-shape guise, was the canny way to a Polo Bluemotion. It was economical, but dated and uncouth. This new one, with underpinnings destined for the forthcoming VW Polo and Audi A1, is much more appealing. Not least because you’re now paying circa £11k for a thoroughly contemporary supermini. And one that's even more economical.
Sort of – that’s the irrelevant extra-urban consumption figure, equivalent to 94.1mpg. Few will see this. But still, the Ibiza Ecomotive is one of the most fuel efficient cars you can currently buy – and doesn’t resort to fancy, expensive hybrid tech to achieve it.
Instead, it’s the familiar recipe of skinny tyres (inflated to 42psi!), aero changes, a tweaked turbo boost profile and a more basic level of kit. Even air-con is a £500 option, though it's claimed not to change to CO2 figure.
>> Click 'Next' below to read more of our Seat Ibiza Ecomotive first drive
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RE: Seat Ibiza Ecomotive (2009) CAR review
It looks good. More sculpted than the old Ibiza. BTW the specifications say it's a four cylinder, but the text says it's a three (correct).
10 February 2009 01:01
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Batty, how do you KNOW that this car's lifecycle is more ecologically virtuous than a hybrid, just because someone on a forum, on TV or in a newspaper said so? Do you know how much energy it takes to fractionally distill oil? Make glass? Make iron and steel? In short, throwaway comments like that are simply useless for furthering debate.
08 December 2008 16:38
Also good to hear G-Whizz are suffering and had to shut down one of their London outlets, although I'm all for progression that car is a step backwards.
08 December 2008 13:03
If there is such a direct association between tyre pressures and economy lets burn the G-Whizz and pump away
08 December 2008 13:01
An entirely worthy project. It may not appeal to we enthusiasts, but it will appeal to many. If you take the whole life cycle of this car into consideration from ore to disposal, it is actually far more ecologically virtuous than the hybrids currently on sale.
07 December 2008 21:13
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