Judges of the awards chose the Ibiza E Ecomotive as their eco car of choice, declaring: “It’s a car that just keeps on cutting the cost of driving, which always appeals to our Scottish hearts and wallets!”
The small supermini comes with a 75PS, 1.2-litre turbodiesel engine and is the best engine in the range in terms of fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
The Seat Ibiza E Ecomotive delivers 91.1mpg – one of the highest figures on any conventional diesel or petrol car – and returns just 92g/km of CO2 emissions.
This is enough to make the car exempt from road tax in the UK and, for London drivers, free from paying the London congestion charge.
The Seat Ibiza E Ecomotive is the greenest car in the Spanish manufacturer’s range but Ecomotive versions are also available for the likes of the Seat Leon hatchback and the Seat Exeo large family car.
Elsewhere in the awards, which are designed to honour the best cars in Scotland in 2011, the Seat Alhambra continued its award-winning streak by winning the Best MPV category.
The seven-seat Alhambra was launched at the end of 2010 and since then has won six major UK awards, including What Car? MPV of the Year 2011.
On collecting the awards, Seat UK Managing Director Peter Wyhinny, said: ‘Scottish drivers are, clearly, turning to Seat’s mix of style, quality, dynamic ability and great value in rapidly increasing numbers.”
Seat has sold 29,000 cars to date in 2011, 3,000 more than the same period in 2010 as more efficient, cheaper-to-run cars grow in popularity with hard-hit UK buyers.