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Car #2
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2005. - 2009.
B - City car
hatchback, 3 door
front
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Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2006. - 2009.
B - City car
hatchback, 3 door
front

Dimensons & Volumes

3916 mm
1650 mm
1467 mm
270 liters
1030 liters
45 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
3977 mm
1698 mm
1441 mm
267 liters
960 liters
45 liters

Engine

Audi / Volkswagen
1.8 5V AEB
Petrol
4 - Inline, 5 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1781 cc
150 hp
210 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Audi / Volkswagen
1.8 5V AEB
Petrol
4 - Inline, 5 valves per cylinder
Turbo
1781 cc
150 hp
210 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1139 kg
8.2 s
216 km/h
10.8 l/100km
6.1 l/100km
7.8 l/100km
186 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1154 kg
8.4 s
216 km/h
10.8 l/100km
6.0 l/100km
7.8 l/100km
187 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

 
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Vehicle weight
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Top speed
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Cons. (highway)
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CO2 emissions
 
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Expenses

1700 EUR
Price from
1550 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Not only that they both belong to the city car segment and utilize the same 3-door hatchback body style, they are even powered by the same Audi-developed petrol engine! There is not much there to point us towards one vehicle or the other. Or is it?

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the city car segment, which is generally not a very good thing safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? On the other hand, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the Spanish car offers a marginal difference of 1% more metal.

Reliability

I don't like generalizing things when it comes to reliability, although it does seem that both brands display similar results in faults and breakdowns, all the models observed together. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Volkswagen with an average rating of 4.2, and models under the Seat badge with 4.4 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Polo as average reliability-wise, and Ibiza is more or less at the same level.We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as these two vehicles rank it on average as 4.5 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Volkswagen is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.2 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 216 kilometers per hour, exactly the same as the other car does. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 7.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (36 mpg), in combined cycle.


Verdict

Seat appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the Spanish car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. From there things take a different direction, with Volkswagen offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. Fuel consumption is more or less the same. At the end, as much as I'd like to give you a winner here, it's simply a pure tie if you ask me. Nevertheless, let's not forget that people have different preferences and needs, so what really counts is your personal feel. I'm only here to help. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.

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