TSI Seat Ibiza, Renault Clio and Nissan Micra TCE IG-T: Which is better?

3-cylinder engines gasoline is today a real alternative to diesel. And among utilities. We face and measure the new Seat Ibiza with the Renault Clio and the Nissan Micra.

Comparison: TSI Seat Ibiza, Nissan Micra IG-T and Renault Clio TCE

Comparison: TSI Seat Ibiza, Nissan Micra IG-T and Renault Clio TCE

Comparison: TSI Seat Ibiza, Nissan Micra IG-T and Renault Clio TCE

Comparison: TSI Seat Ibiza, Nissan Micra IG-T and Renault Clio TCE

He B segment, the utility of, continues to evolve constantly, and new generations of Seat Ibiza and Nissan Micra are a proof of this. so settled models as the Renault Clio should start feeling, if not threatened, at least somewhat uncomfortable with his presence. And is that newcomers Perfect greater or lesser extent qualities that were already bright, adding others cut distance to the next higher segment.

livability more than decent, very effective behavior Y equipment every time more sophisticated are factors that add even more versatility and appeal to a category that still, today, is the most demanded the Spanish market. And that despite the SUV ...

Three-cylinder: Fashion engines

Once again, engine cylinder gasoline 3 They are showing remarkable level of development, pleased to use more than their Diesel thanks to its lively response, the good level of torque and gives them a turbo efficiency is increasing. The theory is very similar in all three: small displacement, fewer cylinders, few internal friction, overfeeding ...

Comparison UtilityHowever, in practice they have a different personality, and that both Nissan Micra as Clio share the same mechanical and transmission. The 95 hp 1.0 TSI Seat Ibiza is the greatest pleasure of use provides, because their torque delivery is earlier, with turbo very linear and less effect on progression, so it is easy to dose accurately from few laps. In addition it quieter, more refined their opponents, bringing more smoothly. To top it off, their level of thrust is more consistent in performance and surpasses the other two models.

As for the Nissan Micra and Renault Clio, low regime is less forceful, especially in the TCE 90 hp Renault the only one with which we have failed to improve the official figure for acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h-, so you have to be more pending change not to let the tachometer needle drop too. In addition, the entrance to the turbo is slightly sharper and less immediate than in Ibiza, so sometimes we must make some further correction on the accelerator, usually because we walked too.

None of the three is too fast, but all discharge their responsibilities efficiently and you do not need much involved in driving for low consumption, although it is true that diesels are still less sensitive to changes of pace. In any case, none of our three protagonists gives trouble accelerate decisively at peak times, since the average trip computer does not suffer and is always kept in very contained levels without carrying out an ecological driving on especially if we maintain legal speeds.

BENEFITSNissan Micra IG-TRenault Clio TCESeat Ibiza 1.0 TSI
Acel. 0-100 km / h11.64 s12.86 s10.25 s
Acel. 0-1000 meters33,5 s34.6 s32.2 s
Overtaking 80-120 km / h10.60 s12.61 s9.94 s
Loudness 100 km / h68.0 dB69.0 dB66.5 dB
Loudness 120 km / h70.8 dB71.4 dB69.9 dB
Braking from 140 km / h71.4 m71.2 m72.5 m
Weight scale1,100 kg1,167 kg1,122 kg

He B segment, the utility of, continues to evolve constantly, and new generations of Seat Ibiza and Nissan Micra are a proof of this. so settled models as the Renault Clio should start feeling, if not threatened, at least somewhat uncomfortable with his presence. And is that newcomers Perfect greater or lesser extent qualities that were already bright, adding others cut distance to the next higher segment.

livability more than decent, very effective behavior Y equipment every time more sophisticated are factors that add even more versatility and appeal to a category that still, today, is the most demanded the Spanish market. And that despite the SUV ...

Three-cylinder: Fashion engines

Once again, engine cylinder gasoline 3 They are showing remarkable level of development, pleased to use more than their Diesel thanks to its lively response, the good level of torque and gives them a turbo efficiency is increasing. The theory is very similar in all three: small displacement, fewer cylinders, few internal friction, overfeeding ...

Comparison UtilityHowever, in practice they have a different personality, and that both Nissan Micra as Clio share the same mechanical and transmission. The 95 hp 1.0 TSI Seat Ibiza is the greatest pleasure of use provides, because their torque delivery is earlier, with turbo very linear and less effect on progression, so it is easy to dose accurately from few laps. In addition it quieter, more refined their opponents, bringing more smoothly. To top it off, their level of thrust is more consistent in performance and surpasses the other two models.

As for the Nissan Micra and Renault Clio, low regime is less forceful, especially in the TCE 90 hp Renault the only one with which we have failed to improve the official figure for acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h-, so you have to be more pending change not to let the tachometer needle drop too. In addition, the entrance to the turbo is slightly sharper and less immediate than in Ibiza, so sometimes we must make some further correction on the accelerator, usually because we walked too.

None of the three is too fast, but all discharge their responsibilities efficiently and you do not need much involved in driving for low consumption, although it is true that diesels are still less sensitive to changes of pace. In any case, none of our three protagonists gives trouble accelerate decisively at peak times, since the average trip computer does not suffer and is always kept in very contained levels without carrying out an ecological driving on especially if we maintain legal speeds.

BENEFITSNissan Micra IG-TRenault Clio TCESeat Ibiza 1.0 TSI
Acel. 0-100 km / h11.64 s12.86 s10.25 s
Acel. 0-1000 meters33,5 s34.6 s32.2 s
Overtaking 80-120 km / h10.60 s12.61 s9.94 s
Loudness 100 km / h68.0 dB69.0 dB66.5 dB
Loudness 120 km / h70.8 dB71.4 dB69.9 dB
Braking from 140 km / h71.4 m71.2 m72.5 m
Weight scale1,100 kg1,167 kg1,122 kg

According to Measurements of our Technical Center, with respective average consumption of 5.2, 5.9 and 5.5 l / 100 km, Nissan Micra, Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza They can be considered little thirsty cars. One of the drawbacks that you can put them is that they have manual gearboxes 5-speed, when a 6th would allow a better and less staggering jump between some marches.

CONSUMPTIONNissan Micra IG-TRenault Clio TCESeat Ibiza 1.0 TSI
Consumption city6.0 l / 100 km6.5 l / 100 km6,1 l / 100 km
Consumption Highway4.8 l / 100 km5,5 l / 100 km5,2 l / 100 km
average consumption5,2 l / 100 km5,9 l / 100 km5,5 l / 100 km

Behavior: Effective racks

With regard to behavior, these mechanical tricilíndricas offer certain advantages when compared to diesel engines, and even four-cylinder gasoline engines, as they are lighter and less overloaded the front in case of performing a dynamic driving. Perhaps because of the gradual increase in size in recent generations of utility vehicles, the stability of our three protagonists approaches the compact segment models.

You do not feel disoriented when traveling by highway apace, or when affronts one twisty mountain road, and they adapt well to any type of use without losing their good urban qualities. The Extra 67 kg of Renault Clio -the most heavy- against modern Nissan Micra -the lighter- are felt only if driving is very demanding, making the limit appear before some inertia and some drifting of the front tires, but still remains at a high level and feel of your address, which offers less assistance than the Micra when we are in full support, provides a lot of confidence.

Comparative Seat Ibiza and rivalsOn the other hand, tared suspension also firmer in Clio, It gives true sportsmanship, even at the cost of comfort if the asphalt is in good condition. He Nissan is very similar to Renault in efficiency curve and reactions of the frame, always noble, while providing an iota more agility and a little more comfort to its occupants in certain types of bump, along with greater verve in performance, which contributed to our test unit one more dynamic.

As for the Seat Ibiza, it draws attention to its good overall feeling (Steering, pedals, change, motor) to be a B-segment car and its balanced chassis that combines comfort and efficiency masterfully, this time without using the optional dampers controlled. Such shock absorbers and have also tested and get the emergency braking even more effective, with excellent 66 meters stopping from 140 km / h and more control as we approach the limit of tire grip, but an extra that we have not missed in the normal use of the car.

The high cornering agility and precision make the Seat Ibiza feel light, while maintaining a remarkable poise and stability, and supported by electronic aids that protect a subtle but constant and they get a great driveability and safety at all times, without reaching "bother" or subtract effectiveness. The frame has the right amount of sportiness to be a version of 95 hp (106 hp actual, measured on our dyno) and do not get bored their commanders.

Another factor contributing to the pleasant driving the Seat Ibiza and the quality feel that conveys is your good sound insulation, which it is maintained even at high speed. Similarly, has very thin front pillars that improve the front side visibility, very desahogadas rear seats and a complete multimedia system equipped with a large and modern display. It is, again, one of the references of the polyvalent segment.

Seat Ibiza, Nissan Micra and Renault ClioSpace in the three

Entering finally to evaluate its interior, highlight the colorful atmosphere the Nissan Micra, with leather upholstery on the dashboard and interior doors. Its instrumentation is easy to read and is complemented by a good color display for the trip computer and other menus. In livability and trunk is very even rivals, offering only slightly less legroom.

For his part, Renault Clio abused our hard plastic finish and it has less equipment. Despite its original design, the instrument panel is less complete, but instead is a very functional utility: the All you have ceiling handles in the rear seats and front passenger, while providing a good space in all dimensions.

For his part, Seat Ibiza offers more interior vented and driving posture impeccable. Its dashboard is very similar to the Lion and offers a large central touch screen. It is clearly the more interior height and offers more rear legroom, completing an outstanding set.

SPACENissan Micra IG-TRenault Clio TCESeat Ibiza 1.0 TSI
front width135 cm135 cm139 cm
rear width129 cm125 cm132 cm
front height93-98 cm91-97 cm93-99 cm
rear height88 cm87 cm94 cm
Legroom65 cm68 cm72 cm
Trunk325 liters330 liters330 liters

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