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Seat Ibiza vs. Peugeot 207

By Stephen Turvil | August 3, 2011

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Welcome to the world's shortest motoring article. Entry-level Seat Ibiza vs. entry-level Peugeot 207 – which is best?

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Welcome to the world's shortest motoring article. Entry-level Seat Ibiza vs. entry-level Peugeot 207 – which is best? Simple, the Seat wins easily so here ends the comparison. What! You want reasons? Okay, for starters the Ibiza has more engaging handling. It feels lively, alert, and eager to please. As such the steering is sharp, the transmission smooth, and the ride is comfortable. The 207 is perfectly competent, but lacks its rival's finesse.

This partly explains why the cheapest Peugeot 207 costs £9,995, whereas the entry- level Ibiza is £11,335. There are other factors too. The Seat has a 1.2-litre 70ps engine that propels its stunning bodywork to 62mph in 13.9 seconds. It also averages a pleasing 52.3mpg, and sits in road tax band D/£95. Pretty low running costs then. In contrast, the basic Peugeot's 1.4-litre 75ps engine drags its arguably dreary bodywork to 62mph in 15.7 seconds. That is a long time. It only averages 44.8mpg too, and costs £130 to tax.

The Seat Ibiza also has two more doors than its entry-level rival, a larger boot, and more toys. These include its alarm and air-conditioning system. Furthermore, the Peugeot 207 somehow feels less robust – built to a price is the best way to describe it. The Ibiza, in contrast, has components from the reliable VW Polo and Skoda Fabia. The striking Ibiza is clearly the superior vehicle. The Peugeot 207 is not fundamentally poor, but it certainly suffers in comparison to its highly accomplished rival. This really is the end of the article.

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