Seat‘s sporty Ibiza offering really surpasses expectations with excellent looks, steering, road handling and grip, although the automatic gearbox – while always welcome for long traffic-riddled journeys – needs improvement, and is reluctant to change up in lower gears. Switching to the manual setting, however, overcomes any such issues.

The interior is fairly basic but smart, with sports seats and steering wheel betraying this model as the 148hp 1.4-litre performance version. It’s not strictly fleet fare: with CO2 emissions at 146g/km, 44.8mpg fuel economy and cost per mile of 44.0p, it’s not the most savvy small-car purchase.

However, if you’re looking for a good-value supermini with an edge for perk drivers, the Seat Ibiza Sport Coupe could be well worth considering, though there is also a diesel FR at below 121g/km on the way.

Seat Ibiza SC FR 1.4 TSI 3dr
P11D price £15,340
Model price range £9350-£17,245
Fuel consumption 44.8mpg
CO2 (tax) 146g/km/(18%)
BIK 20/40% per month £46/£92
Service interval 10,000mls
Insurance group 22
Warranty 3yrs/60,000mls
Boot space 284 litres
Engine size/power 1390cc/149hp
Top speed/0-62mph 132mph/7.6secs
Score 7/10
Verdict Good-looking, responsive, fun
supermini with niche appeal