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Youre probably familiar with the SEAT Ibiza but its Cordoba sibling may not ignite a spark of recognition. Basically, the Cordoba is an Ibiza with a boot, the mere addition of which is virtually guaranteed to collapse sales in the UK at least. Still, there is a small but dogged clan of motorists who value the added security of a boot over the flexibility of a tailgate and if you count yourself amongst them, a used SEAT Cordoba is as good as any small saloon out there and in many instances, significantly better. Whats more, theyre often available at very attractive prices.
If five doors is one too many, read on.
So who is a typical used Cordoba customer? The answer appears to be the more mature buyer looking for something that will go the distance. Even the Cordoba name has far more genteel associations than the young and hedonistic Ibiza title. So much for the badge engineering. The Cordoba does, after all, still have the same verve as the Ibiza and the styling, while unlikely to walk off with any Rear Of The Year awards, is neatly integrated.
The rear light clusters reflect the trading of stylists between SEAT and Alfa Romeo, the lamps being very reminiscent of those of the Alfa 156, in itself no bad thing. Theres no shortage of storage space around the cabin with big door pockets, a decently sized glove compartment and under dash cubbies combining to make living with the Cordoba easy. Theres even a hidden storage box under the drivers seat to keep valuables away from prying eyes. Trade up to Cordoba TDI 130 Stylance and youll get a six-speed gearbox, 15-inch alloy wheels, Climatronic air conditioning, electric rear windows, a trip computer, twin headlights, fog lights and an alarm.
Satellite navigation is even available as an option for the well-heeled few who didnt realise that there are map pockets on the backs of the front seats! Safety was high on SEATs priorities when designing this family of cars, and the Cordoba features twin airbags as standard. The passenger airbag can be deactivated by a key switch in the glove compartment if a child seat is used in the front seat. Electronic power steering with SEATs acclaimed DSR (Dynamic Steering Response) gives a surprisingly natural, quick-witted feel, while anti-lock brakes augmented by emergency brake assist will pull you to a halt with the minimum of drama.
Prices open at 5,000 for a 2003 52-plated Cordoba 1.4S and, model for model, these saloons tend to command around 200 less than the equivalent Ibizas. Opt for the 1.9S model with 100bhp under the bonnet and youll need at least 6,500 with the punchier 1.
9TDI SE 130bhp variant kicking off proceedings at around 7,000. Insurance for all versions is very reasonable, the 1.4-litre petrol car being rated at Group 6 and the two diesel models both landing in Group 9.
Tried and tested engines, the VW-standard quality auditing and an inherent feeling of solidity all bode well for the Cordobas reliability. Unlike the Ibiza, the Cordoba will probably have enjoyed a rather easier life and there isnt a great deal of price differential between basic and well specified examples so be fussy. Look for a fully stamped-up service history and reject anything that looks in any way tatty, grubby or vaguely dog-eared. Later Stylance and Reference models are particularly sought after.
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