Seat Ibiza Ecomotive

Published: 12 September 2007

Seat Ibiza Ecomotive: the lowdown

Even the Spanish went green at Frankfurt. Using the Polo BlueMotion’s 1.4-litre TDi engine, longer gear ratios and Dunlop tyres that generate less friction, the Ibiza Ecomotive will deliver 74.3mpg and emit just 99g/km CO2, meaning it is tax exempt and, should Ken Livingstone’s recent proposals be approved, get into London’s Congestion Charge zone for free. Performance figures are yet to be announced, but expect 77bhp, 144lb ft torque, a 0-60mph time of around 12.8sec and a top speed of 109mph – figures in line with the Polo. Prices are yet to be announced, but expect the Ecomotive to substantially undercut its Volkswagen rival’s price of £11,995.

By Ben Barry

Contributing editor, sideways merchant, tyre disintegrator