The Green Seat E Ecomotive

In Seat by Jonathan Humphrey

With many people caring about their carbon footprint, choosing which car to buy can be a difficult decision

Especially for those who can’t afford to buy a new car. However, whilst the future of environmental friendly motoring may one day centre around Solar Power, Fuel Cells and Hybrids, those looking to buy an environmentally friendly second-hand car will now be happy to know they can.

For those looking to combine sporty appearance with planet-friendly conscience performance, then the Seat E Ecomotive 1.2-litre diesel Ibiza fits the profile. Sportiness comes courtesy of lowered suspension, whilst 80.7mpg and CO2 emissions of just 92g/km should help even the most environmentally conscious sleep easy, as well as considerably lowering monthly fuel bills and annual road-tax.


Meanwhile, if you’re thinking that environmental consciousness has to detract from driving experience – then don’t. Seat’s E Ecomotive handling is up there with the best of its counterparts. It can also clock 0-60mph in a respectable 13.9 seconds courtesy of its75bhp and 180Nm of torque, whilst it is capable of doing in excess of 100mph.

Design and build hasn’t been neglected either as the E Ecomotive is much lighter than a standard Seat Ibiza. It has also undergone a series of aerodynamic tweaks to both the body and the wheels, whilst the interior reflects its Volkswagen origins. There is also plenty of boot space, whilst the front offers both driver and passenger a comfortable ride and the back is perfect for kids – though adults may find it a little tight.

The E Ecomotive is also cheaper on to buy than Ford’s equivalent the Fiesta Econetic, whilst Toyota’s hybrid the Prius struggles to match it both in terms of fuel consumption and emissions.