Living with a Seat Ibiza Cupra: Fifth report



I might sound a little repetitive, but the little Ibiza Cupra just keeps getting better.

I'm now struggling to find aspects of the car that I don't get on with. It's fast – much more so than you'd expect – and it's usable every day. On a twisty B-road, the Cupra will give most other hot hatches a real run for their money.

There is one aspect of the car that has become a touch annoying, though this has only come to light as we've entered the wetter months of the year – traction. In short, there's such a lot of horsepower for the Cupra's wheels to deal with, you find them almost constantly spinning up in the wet. First, second and sometimes third gear will have the stability control light flashing and although this may sound fun initially, it can get a touch annoying on damp junctions.

That said, if you're more gradual with the throttle you can eradicate most of the wheelspin. It just gets in the way sometimes when you're trying to make a quick exit from a roundabout or junction.



In other aspects of driving, the Cupra excels. Motorways, for instance, aren't a place that small hatches are usually best suited too. The Cupra, however, with its cruise control and nicely run-in engine, settles down quite happily. It'll even return MPG figures in the late 30s on a long run, which isn't bad for a small car with a 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine.

Once the straights are dealt with, the Cupra is equally as handy in the bends. Okay, it might not be as capable as other front-wheel-drive hot hatches, but the level of grip it generates in the dry is pretty impressive.

As you may have guessed, I rather like our little Cupra. It does pretty much everything you could want a fast (ish) car to do, and who wouldn't like that?

Model: Ibiza Cupra
Price: £18,900
Engine: 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol
Power: 189bhp
Max speed: 146mph
0-60mph: 6.8 seconds
Emissions: 145g/km
Mpg: 45.6mpg (combined)
Mileage this month: 300