The year’s about to end now and many of you are probably thinking of getting your teens their first car or an alternative car to your regularly used vehicle. Getting a compact hatchback might be a good option for such purposes as they’re light to drive compared to full-sized SUVs and if you just know what to find, you can even score a fuel efficient car that will save you tons of cash.
And among the compact cars you should eye on in the used car market, the Ford Fiesta and SEAT Ibiza 2017 models can give you the best bang for the buck.
The Ford Fiesta and Seat Ibiza are the heartland of the small car class, and 2017 has seen all-new versions of both. After you see them, you might want to buy both and we can’t blame you. Both are fun to dive, of great value, and easy to maintain.
So while it seems difficult to make a wise decision in this case, let’s give you all the information you need about Ford Fiesta and SEAT Ibiza so you can decide which 2nd hand car for sale to buy.
So let’s start!
The engines and trim levels promise a great balance of cost and comfort, although you might want to think about an Ibiza FR or Fiesta ST Line if you want the sportier-looking option.
Like the SEAT Ibiza, the Ford Fiesta is an affordable, practical and stylish hatchback. It’s easy to drive too while mid-spec models get plenty of equipment as standard, which means you don’t have to raid the expensive options list to get modest extras, like DAB audio, alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights.
Hardly surprising, the Fiesta has been Britain’s best-selling car for half a decade. In fact, you’d struggle to walk down a high street without seeing two or three of the things parked up or whizzing by. But how does the all-conquering Ford compare to the SEAT Ibiza?
The Ford Fiesta
Fiesta, it has to be one of the first names that spring to mind when anyone thinks about small cars, and rightly so.
For most of us the Fiesta has been around all our lives as the ‘go to’ car of choice for buyers who just want to get around on four wheels. Though it has rarely been the cheapest, most generously equipped or most family friendly car out there, it has always been broadly good at everything else and sells by the transporter load every year.
Ford thoroughly rejuvenated this big-selling small car. The general consensus is that this particular model is better than the previous ones in just about every conceivable way.
The SEAT Ibiza
SEAT’s ‘all-new’ Ibiza could be the surprise package for buyers in the ‘supermini’ class. It’s setting a standard its rivals are struggling to match.
If you’re a buyer more concerned with quantity over quality, the SEAT Ibiza could well be the supermini for you.
Quiet inside, the cabin is spacious and comfortable, the 1.0-litre engines are excellent, and it’s decent to drive too. Handling is sorter on the regular models but stiffens up nicely on the sportier FR trims.
It’s difficult to deny that the Ibiza 2017 is a significant step up on its predecessor, with better engines, lower fuel costs and a higher quality interior. It’s also one of the most practical hatchbacks you can buy. And even the larger Focus struggles to match the Ibiza for bootspace and rear legroom.
The three-cylinder engine in the SEAT is also far superior to the Ford EcoBoost. It’s quiet, smooth and sharper under your right foot. It’s also more honest when it comes to Real MPG, with the EcoBoost 100 missing its advertised figure by as much as 20mpg.
The Fiesta nudges ahead on value. It certainly leads the way for standard multimedia kit and affordable sat-nav, but the Seat offer cruise control and keyless-go at affordable prices while you can’t add them to the Fiesta at all.
Yet again, a mid-spec three-door Zetec is much better equipped than a five-door Ibiza SE, with the former getting DAB audio, heated windscreen and lane assist as standard. In comparison, the Ibiza feels somewhat threadbare next to similar priced Fiesta, even if it does benefit from an extra set of doors.
So, given the choice, which is better? The Fiesta or the Ibiza? Well, that depends on what you want from your compact hatchback. If you value comfort, refinement, budget, and lots of interior space, the SEAT will be the car for you. However, if you want something with lots of kit as standard and sharp driving dynamics, the Fiesta will a much better match.
Where to buy?
IT Car Sales specializes in used Inverness car sales. From Ford to Ibiza, and one another rival – the Volkswagen Golf – you can find them all at our car sales garage. Get a free quote and tour at our yard to see the units in person. We have experts to help you check the condition of the cars but you are free to bring your trusted mechanic too.
Second hand cars for sale aren’t so bad. They are practical choices for first time car buyers or those who are practicing to perfect their driving. Visit us today and pick the car to keep you company on the road.
One of the best options you can get for a 2nd had car for sale is definitely the Volkswagen Golf. But before you dive into buying one, you should do your homework and find out which of the Golfs you should be buying. Should you get a 2010 model? Should you go for the GTI or Blue Motion?
Buying VW Golf used car for sale isn’t as easy as you imagine. There are so many things to consider and so many options to choose from. In this guide, we’ll help you look into your options and a couple of factors that should influence your decision.
So let’s start with this Volkswagen Golf Used Car for Sale Buyer’s Guide!
The Volkswagen Golf is one of the most popular family hatchbacks on the road and pound for pound this is the best family hatchback money can buy so it’s good in almost every area.
This hatchback is built with high road performance and quality with the newer models saying goodbye to the cheap interior materials to make way for a handsome, fun hatchback.
But the Golf comes in several variants. From conservative type to sporty look, here are the 4 models you might encounter at Inverness car sales yards:
The Plus, which has subsequently been replaced by the Golf SV (Sport Van), is a slightly larger version of the regular Golf. Its awkward looks didn’t win many fans, but look past that, and you’ll find the Golf Plus is a more practical and spacious car. It’s not quite full MPV as it still only seats five, but at the same time it can easily fit into a regular car space and won’t be any more expensive to run.
The BlueMotion Technology of the Golf model is Volkswagen’s most fuel efficient car. Initially introduced on the Polo, it first featured in the Golf range on the MK6 model. These are badged as BlueMotion and do help eke out better mileage in certain circumstances.
The most common engine is the 1.6-litre TDI, and providing this has been serviced according to the recommended schedule, should return decent consumption figures. These engines can take quite a while to bed in, so exceptionally low mileage examples should get better over time.
The Golf Estate wasn’t officially imported into Ireland for many years but was reintroduced by Volkswagen in 2015 with the Mk7 Golf. You can also still find the occasional Mk5 and Mk6 variants cropping up for sale, though these are often few and far between.
The pride of the Golf Estate is in its conservative styling and practical amounts of cargo capacity. Folding down the rear seats can provide you with 1,620 liters of boot space, which is every bit as much as some larger SUVs, yet at a more affordable price to buy and run.
The 105hp 1.6-litre diesel engine is what you’re most likely to find under the bonnet of a Mk7 Golf Estate, which gives enough pulling power for most scenarios and commands an annual motor tax cost of €190.
As modern hot hatches go, the fifth generation Golf GTI was a revelation. It had everything; perfect styling, a choice of three- or five-door body styles, those incredible ‘Monza’ alloy wheels and was the first Golf GTI available with the DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Of all the recent GTIs, it is this MK5 model that represents the best value for money. Do look for service history when buying one, as this can potentially save you a lot of money in the long run.
The DSG gearbox, for example, has to be serviced as it has its own oil and filter. A sure sign that this hasn’t been done is slower shifts and jerky changes. Otherwise, this is one car that scores highly in the smiles per miles category.
Good Interior Design
The Volkswagen Golf’s design is one that doesn’t need more tricks to meet drivers’ needs. It has a fuss-free dashboard that favors class over colorful design, and the layout is a model of simplicity.
The quality of the materials and fittings is first class and the driving position is excellent. You get plenty of adjustment for drivers of all shapes and sizes and seats that proved comfortable after a long day in the saddle.
Another highlight is the touchscreen infotainment system. Wisely, it features buttons at the side of the screen that acts as menu shortcuts and is a doddle to operate because of it. And an information display between the rev counter and speedo gives an overview of various settings and driving information.
The Golf also offers a generous amount of cabin space. Even in the three-door model, four adults can sit in comfort. Families, on the other hand, will be pleased to find that the five-door version has fairly large back doors that give good access to child seats, plus all models come with two sets of Isofix seat mounting points.
Impressive Safety Equipment
Volkswagen threw in plenty of standard equipment with the seventh generation Golf, when it went on sale in January, 2013. The German car maker wanted to shift consumer perception that the Golf was a good car but had fewer creature comforts than a hermit’s home.
The entry-level S models featured a 5.8 inch color touch-screen, DAB digital radio and CD player with an iPod connection, Bluetooth smartphone connection, multifunction computer and manual air conditioning as standard. Remote central locking, electric front windows and an electronic parking brake were also included.
The BlueMotion have alloy wheels while the Match offered parking sensors, electric mirrors, automatic windscreen wipers, adaptive cruise control and an emergency braking system that senses an obstacle ahead of the car.
On the other hand, GT models came with larger alloy wheels, sports suspension, a body kit, sports seats, tinted glass and a navigation system. There are also GTD, GTI and R models, as well as the electrically powered e-GSafety: 5-star Euro NCAP rating
To achieve a maximum 5-star safety rating for its Golf, awarded by Euro NCAP, Volkswagen fitted it with systems that could tension seatbelts, close windows and the sunroof in advance of an impact, or apply the brakes in advance of, or after, an impact. GT models and above came with traffic sign recognition, to help drivers keep an eye on local speed limits, while every Golf came with electronic stability control and all manner of airbags for front and rear seat occupants.
There were a couple of desirable options across the range or on certain trim levels. The first was what VW called Lane Assist with Side Scan, which basically helps prevent a car wandering out of lane and checks for vehicles in a driver’s blind spot, an option on every trim level. And S and BlueMotion models could also be ordered with optional adaptive cruise control.
Excellent Driving Experience
The Golf is a smooth mover, able to cover long journeys with ease and leave the driver and passengers feeling relatively fresh after hours on the road.
The secret to this is the impressive level of refinement in the cabin and how well the suspension copes with Britain’s broken road surfaces. Even in the diesel models, noise levels are hushed and the way the Golf steers, rides and handles pretty much sets the benchmark for this type of car.
1: Try to Buy 2012 or Later Models
If you’re going to buy a Golf fitted with Volkswagen’s 2.0-liter engine, it may be wise to shop for one made after 2012, since a fault with the timing chain pre-tensioner can cause sudden and unexpected failure. If this fault occurs, it effectively ruins the engine. Fortunately, the problem mostly occurs between 10,000 and 60,000 miles, so cars are already likely to have suffered the problem by now. If you want to buy a pre-2012 model, be sure the pre-tensioner has been replaced or that the issue has been addressed.
Many owners of these Golfs have reported fuel economy getting worse over time. With MPGs dipping down into the 25s on the highway, it could be frustrating. There is a fix, though. The problem seems to be that the engine is running rich, so having a technician reset the throttle control unit to factory setting can help the Golf get back into the 30s. A sooty tailpipe is a sign of such a problem so weigh your desire for efficiency against your desire not to visit a dealer.
A weak pump in the wear window’s washer fluid system can mean that fluid leaks onto the back window. This isn’t a huge problem in the summer, but during the winter it can be dangerous. Many cars were fixed by VW, but if the seller hasn’t had the fix done, it could mean some money out of your pocket.
This problem is a little more nebulous, but many owners have complained of a rattling coming from the exhaust system or the engine. The problem seems to be caused by the wastegate and doesn’t appear to have any associated issues, just a rattling sound that can be annoying. The result of this though, is that there is no official fix for the problem. Some owners have suggested fixes, but unless you’re willing to spend a lot of quality time with your mechanic chasing rattles, it may be worthwhile keeping an ear out for the rattle when you’re test driving the car.
Best Model for Fuel Economy?
If you’d prefer to drive a petrol-powered Golf, the 1.2-litre TSI engine (105PS) can return up to 57.6mpg. Those after a diesel should browse the used 1.6-litre BlueMotion models, which are able to hit 88.3mpg with a manual gearbox, which is impressive.
Best Value for Money?
It’s a close call, but the 1.2-litre petrol Golf is the most affordable in the used Golf market. However, there’s precious little difference between this and the 1.6-litre diesel, so keep your options open and look for the example that gives you the most for your money.
Estimate Budget and What You Get
£5000-6000: 2013 Golf 1.2 TSI S five-door, 80,000 miles
This is where prices start for the earliest examples of the seventh-generation Golf. There are some 1.6-litre diesel models in this price range, too, but the mileage will be higher.
£7000-8000: 2014 Golf 1.6 TDI BlueMotion five-door, 40,000 miles
For £8000 the mileage of used Golf drops significantly. A three- or four-year old BlueMotion model would be an excellent addition for drivers after a frugal family car.
£11,000-12,000: 2015 Golf 2.0 TDI, 25,000 miles
You’ll be able to choose from a wide range of models for £12,000, such as a 2015 2-litre diesel or a 2016 1.4-litre petrol, and all will have low mileage.
For other options, you can check our used Volkswagen Golf listings at IT Car Sales.
When you are already decided with going for a used Volkswagen, look for a Golf that came later in the Mk6’s cycle, preferably with a manual, and be sure you’re buying a car that was cared for. Of course, that last piece of advice is always prudent, but in this case, it’s especially relevant as the difference between Mk6s that were taken care of and those that weren’t can be massive and expensive.
Buying from a dealer and getting a warranty is also advisable. IT Car Sales is a second hand car dealer and we have a full listing of highly maintained used cars that you’d definitely love for a first car or an alternate car.
First time to buy a used car? No problem. Our experts will give honest assessment of the cars to help you decide on which of our available units will best suit your needs and driving habits. Talk to us today for appointments at our yard.