There are lots of engines to choose from in the Ibiza range, but which one you can have depends a lot on which trim you choose, because availability of some engines is very limited. The entry-level engine is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol with 74bhp, and even in a car this small it feels pretty pedestrian. It's fine in the Seat Mii city car, but needs working really hard in the Ibiza to make meaningful progress, and gets noisy and strained at higher revs. The 1.2 four-cylinder turbo with 89bhp is much better. It's considerably more refined, pulls hard in gear and is really flexible, making it relaxing to drive both around town and on faster roads. There’s a 108bhp version as well, that provides a little extra fizz. The three-cylinder turbocharged petrol, badged 'Eco TSI', is available with very similar outputs to the 1.2s - 94bhp and 108bhp – and while these units are a little less refined, they feel just as perky and are more efficient. We haven’t tried the 148bhp 1.4-litre petrol, but the 189bhp 1.8 in the Cupra hot hatch provides sizzling pace. The diesel range is composed of three 1.4-litre units with either 74bhp, 94bhp or 103bhp. The economy-minded gearing of the lower powered unit can hamper your progress, and it sends quite a lot of vibration through the controls. We’ve not tried the mid-ranger – only available with a twin-clutch automatic gearbox – but while the higher powered version is also a little rough, but at least you can feel the extra urge. Most Ibizas come with a five- or six-speed manual gearbox, but there is a slick, seven-speed twin-clutch automatic available with the more powerful versions. It's pricey, but also one of the best automatic gearboxes we've tried in a supermini, with stutter-free changes and a responsive manual mode.