The Volkswagen group makes choosing pretty difficult: the Polo, Fabia and Ibiza are technically almost identical cars and each basic version costs just under 20 grand. The biggest differences are in the basic equipment.
Car enthusiasts choose the Skoda Fabia. Period. That is the only basic model (from 19,890 euros) with a 95 hp 1.0 TSI turbo engine. Volkswagen and Seat ship you off with a 1.0 MPI of 80 hp. As a result, the cheapest Fabia drives much better than the showroom lockers of its group members. Each hatchback has a five-speed manual transmission.
But what if you care more about pixels than horsepower? Then you succumb to the digital instruments of the renewed Polo. Each version has such a Digital Cockpit, even the Polo Basis of 19,990 euros. In the Fabia and the Ibiza you look at analog instruments. More expensive versions do have a screen behind the wheel, but not for 20 grand.
The Seat Ibiza is for lazy drivers. Sorry, we really can't package it any other way. The Ibiza Reference of 19,700 euros comes standard with cruise control. The only one. At Skoda you have to check a more expensive version, at Volkswagen you pay 190 euros extra for such a handy speed controller.
If you buy a basic model, you will also notice that. None of the three car brands puts its loafer on light-alloy wheels. They think differently about the 'free' paint color: for 20 mille you buy a red Ibiza, a dark blue Fabia and a cream-colored Polo. Speaking of cheerful colors: only Seat is so generous to decorate the dashboard with color accents. So the eye wants an Ibiza.
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