Seat’s best selling model, the Ibiza, has taken Diesel Car magazine’s award for Best Budget Car 2004. Diesel Car gave the honours to the Ibiza 1.4 TDi S after concluding that, although not the cheapest, it offers the best value for money.

The Ibiza costs £10,615 on the road and is powered by a 1.4-litre turbo diesel 75 PS engine which delivers a combined fuel consumption figure of 61.4 mpg and a top speed of 107 mph.

The magazine cited the Ibiza’s high specification and hands-on driving pleasure. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, radio/CD player and ABS.

All Ibizas come with 3 years’/60,000 mile warranty, 12 years’ anti-perforation warranty on the body, 3 years’ paint warranty and 5 years’ Seat Assistance.