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Seat Ibiza Bocanegra: Test Drive Review

Date: 18 November 2009   |   Author: Tristan Young

Category: Supermini
P11D price: £16,515
Key rival: Mini Cooper S

Seat has entered dangerous territory with the recently introduced Ibiza Bocanegra - a tweaked version of the 180PS Ibiza Cupra hot-hatch.

The Ibiza Bocanegra (which in Spanish means black mouth, after the new grille) costs £700 more than the Cupra but uses the same engine and semi-automatic DSG gearbox (there's no manual option unfortunately). The differences come from the styling tweaks, different interior styling and smoked-black alloys.

But the reason Seat's in dangerous territory with this car is not the close proximity, in terms of price, to the Cupra, but its proximity to that all-round favourite the Mini Cooper S, which is within £100 of the Bocanegra.

While the Bocanegra is a fun and fast car, that's good looking, sounds great and costs 42.7 pence a mile according to KwikCarcost, its residual value won't be as good at the Mini, which is also fun, good looking, sounds great and is even faster.

If you're after something more practical and more exclusive, the Seat's an excellent option, it's just that from a fleet point of view the Mini is our choice.

Seat Ibiza SC 1.4TSI 180PS
Bocanegra 3dr semi-automatic
P11D price£16,515
Model price range£9135-£16,515
Fuel consumption44.1mpg
CO2 (tax) 148g/km (17%)
BIK 20/40% per month£47/£94
Service interval10,000mls
Insurancegroup 14
Boot space (min/max)284/930 litres
Engine size/power1390cc/180PS
Top speed/0-60mph140mph/7.2secs
On sale July 2009
VerdictFun and fast, but missing
a manual gearbox


Fun and fast, but missing a manual gearbox