Seat’s underage driver lessons a success

The unique scheme uses a fleet of Seat Ibiza superminis and a training centre set up to replicate a real road to give young drivers a taste of getting behind the wheel before they are legally allowed to on the road.

Using government-approved instructors at centres across the country, Seat hopes to expand the scheme to Manchester and Crewe in the next few months.

Spokeswoman Kim Stanton said: ‘SEAT Young Driver has been an enormous success, and the young people who have had a lesson experience just love it.

‘Considering we launched in the middle of a recession, the fact that we’ve clocked up 25,000 lessons is a real endorsement for the scheme and I’m sure the addition of more regular venues will ensure even more young people benefit.’

The scheme uses the Seat Ibiza, well known for its driveability and handling, to teach youngsters driving basics.

Available in three- and five-door versions, the Seat Ibiza is aimed at young drivers thanks to its low CO2 emissions and subsequent low insurance and running costs.

Available with a wide choice of petrol engines ranging from an entry-level 1.3-litre 60Ps unit to the range-topping 1.4-litre TSI 180PS and a diesel options covering 1.2, 1.6 and 2.0-litre options, the Seat Ibiza has a wide choice of models in the UK.

Younger drivers can also specify a 1.2-litre TDI diesel in Ecomotive configuration, which delivers free road tax in the UK due to its low CO2 emissions of just 92g/km.

Available in six different specifications, three-door versions of the Seat Ibiza start from under £10,000.