Seat Ibiza has been something like a problem child in the past for Volkswagen group in the past but it’s amazing how quickly things can change in the car business. Now it’s posting profits, sales are up and the new Ibiza debuts the MQB A0 platform, which may not sound a lot but in the car world that’s a really big deal. It’s going on the Ibiza, before it goes on the Volkswagen Polo, Audi A1 and other small SUV cars. But it is any good?
First imperssion of the Ibiza can be summed up in two words- grown up. It just feels so mature, comfortable, really refined. If you look on the outside, through the window there are angular wing mirrors, which is a bit of a theme for this car. More on the outside, there are some pretty crisp lines. If you look on the dashboard, it looks and feels nice but it’s not that squishy soft plastic that you would probably get on the Volkswagen or the Audi version. The things is, there could be that squishy soft plastic but that’s going to cost more and that’s not where Seat is. That’s also where the difference is between Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda.
Also there is a strong tech story to be told for the Ibiza. Full Link technology inside the Ibiza allows you to connect your smartphone to your car using Apple CarPlay TM, Android Auto TM or MirrorLink TM technologies, depending on your device. This helps to make using your smartphone in the car safer, easier and more enjoyable than ever.
There are three engines to choose from in the UK range. Kicking things off is the 1.0-litre TSI with either 94bhp or 113bhp and a five-speed manual gearbox. A 1.6-litre TDI diesel will also be available, offering 79bhp or 94bhp. Later on in 2017, a new 1.5-litre TSI turbo petrol will join the range; this is a four-cylinder engine delivering 148bhp. A six-speed manual box will be used with this unit, although there’s the option of a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic as well. There is just a little more space inside the car than the old version. The trunk is 300liters, which is impressive for a supermini.