Used SEAT Ibiza Cupra (2009 - 2017) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 25 Apr 2016
4
It may not quite be up there with GTI, but the Cupra badge is fast building a reputation as a name associated with great to drive, performance hatchbacks. This Cupra is based on the three-door Ibiza SC hatch and adds even more striking features to the distinctive shape including 17-inch alloys, larger bumpers and a centrally mounted squared-off exhaust.

SEAT Ibiza Cupra (09-17)
Great hot hatch styling, turbocharged performance, sharp handling, comfortable and well built interior
No manual gearbox, DSG automatic detracts from driver enjoyment

New price range:

£17,775 - £19,120

Used price range:

£2,333 - £11,600

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

It may not quite be up there with GTI, but the Cupra badge is fast building a reputation as a name associated with great to drive, performance hatchbacks. This Cupra is based on the three-door Ibiza SC hatch and adds even more striking features to the distinctive shape including 17-inch alloys, larger bumpers and a centrally mounted squared-off exhaust.

It certainly stands out, but to confuse things slightly, there's also a Bocanegra model. Translated this means 'black mouth' and the name becomes obvious when you see the front with its distinctive black grille and bumper surround. It's mechanically identical to the Cupra and uses the same 1.4 TSI engine that delivers an impressive 180bhp and a 0-62mph time of 7.2 seconds.

Unusually, there's no manual gearbox, instead the quickest Ibiza is fitted with a sequential DSG gearbox as standard.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

3.5 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 Not really a practical day to day car but i enjoy it never the less.  

5 out of 5

Lee Sanderson ,   03 Sep 2015    ... read more

 The DSG is fantastic, very comfy. Don't feel unattached from the car having an auto, using the paddles down a B road is unbeatable. Will never have a manual car again!  

4 out of 5

Sam McKay ,   16 May 2015    ... read more

 Not a fantastically practical car. While the coupe bodyshape looks cool, it restricts the rear passenger headroom. The boot was a decent size though. The mobile phone cubby in the dash was a...  

1 out of 5

Andrew Waite ,   07 Mar 2014    ... read more

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