Order books have opened for the new SEAT Ibiza, with prices starting at £13,130 OTR.
The new Ibiza – now exclusively a five-door – is described as sporty, with ‘edgy lines’ that combine with sculpted bodywork to give the car a new look with a clear bloodline to the styling cues of the new Leon and Ateca.
New exterior colours and a eight-inch infotainment screen have been added to keep Ibiza firmly 'on-trend' with current tastes, says SEAT. With a spacious compact body, the Ibiza is the first model to be built on a new modular Volkswagen Group vehicle platform - MQB A0. The new underpinnings allow for an ‘exceptionally spacious’ cabin in a car that’s shorter than the one it replaces. There’s more room in the boot, with an extra 63 litres available.
Available from launch with a choice of four petrol engines, there is a new 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit, engineered to deliver a 'compelling mix of economy and spirited performance'. In standard form it will produce a useful 75PS, while turbo versions will offer 95 and 115PS – the latter reserved for the sporty FR model with a six-speed manual or sophisticated dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Official figures indicate combined cycle fuel consumption from 60.1 mpg and 106 g/km of CO2 (1.0 TSI 95PS). To add an extra performance dimension to the range, the FR will also be available with a 150PS 1.5 EVO engine, while diesels will be added to the line-up later in the year.
A choice of five trim levels come with “always-on” connectivity technology, in-car entertainment, comfort and safety. The entry S version features air conditioning, electric front windows, automatic headlights, Bluetooth and advanced safety features including Front Assist.
Moving up to SE grade delivers extra features; 15-inch alloys, front fog lights with cornering function, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control and multi-coloured ambient cabin lighting are all included, together with SEAT’s Media System Colour multimedia package.
The new SE Technology is equipped with Media System Plus with eight-inch colour touchscreen, navigation with 3D map display, voice recognition, DAB digital radio and two USB ports.
The FR focuses on sportier looks with 17-inch alloys, dark-tinted rear glass, brilliant black and chrome bodywork details and twin exhausts; likewise, the cabin is fitted with sports front seats and flat-bottom steering wheel and Full Link smartphone integration. Sports suspension, rear disc brakes and SEAT Drive Profile with four selectable drive modes are also available.
XCELLENCE, new to Ibiza, tops out the range, with distinguishing features such as 16-inch machined alloy wheels, Atom Grey door mirror housings, Alcantara upholstery, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry-and-go, front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera.
Orders can be placed now with the first cars in UK showrooms on 21 July.