Jul 012016


Three new models recently launched by European manufacturers have been independently tested for safety by Euro NCAP. The Alfa Romeo Giulia, the SEAT Ateca and the VW Tiguan all reached five stars with safety equipment which is fitted as standard throughout the European Union.

From the beginning of this year, Euro NCAP applies a Dual Rating scheme where the default rating issued is based on standard safety equipment available throughout the range. Manufacturers may apply for a second rating, showing the additional safety provided by an optional pack, however, the Giulia, Ateca and Tiguan come with superior standard safety equipment as standard throughout Europe.

All three vehicles offer autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems that help to avoid or mitigate collisions between cars and with pedestrians. Testing of this important safety technology was introduced by Euro NCAP in 2014 for car crashes and this year for pedestrian crashes. The car industry has responded quickly and is fitting an increasing number of models with these life-saving systems.

Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen, said: ‘Euro NCAP shows what can be achieved when governments, consumer groups and motoring clubs from across Europe collaborate. Together, we can exert an influence on the car industry that would be hard to achieve otherwise. We are glad to see some of the major manufacturers making safety equipment standard across EU28, although we know that markets outside the Eurozone are sometimes less well served.’

Sep 162015

Aiming to inform all the Reliability Index, made possible by Warranty Direct, helps car owners find out how reliable their vehicle will be in the years to come after it’s fallen out of its manufacturer’s warranty.

Taking factors into account include breakdowns, age, mileage and car efficiency, the results help inform motorists what to possibly expect with their cars.

This week’s car:  Seat Ibiza (2002-2006)









Reliabilty Index Score:  Good

Seat wants to be seen as the sporty arm of the Volkswagen Group, and with cars like the Ibiza, that shouldn’t be very hard to achieve. With those sharp lines and taut handling, the Ibiza is fun to drive, if not class-leading. Jump into a 1.9TDi Sport though and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without one – it’s just a shame that prices are on the high side. – Richard Dredge

What’s great about this car?

Bold styling / Reliability / Spacious interiors / Lusty 1.9TDi engine

What’s not so great?

Firm ride / High prices

Things to keep an eye on

  • Front suspension can produce odd creaks from dried-out bushes.
  • Plastic timing belt tensioners of 1.4 and 1.6 petrol engines fail.
  • Ensure climate control works properly – it sometimes doesn’t.
  • Trim can squeak and rattle badly, with cures sometimes being hard to come by.
  • Stereos fail, especially CD players which can skip all over the place.
  • Headlights can suffer from condensation inside the covers.
  • Alarm systems can be temperamental, and are usually difficult to fix properly.
  • Wiper systems can play up, both front and rear.

For more in-depth details of this car, visit the page at the Reliability Index.