Ibiza a mar­vel­lous su­per­mini

Cynon Valley - - MOTORS WALES - PETER HAY­WARD news­desk@waleson­line.co.uk

IT SEEMS to me that many driv­ers have for­got­ten – or never learned – how to over­take safely on two-lane roads.

I’ve re­cently seen a num­ber who over­took slowly, ob­vi­ously with­out chang­ing down a gear, and came very close to killing them­selves in a head-on with on­com­ing traf­fic.

Please, al­ways do it as fast as pos­si­ble – and that means chang­ing down one, two or even three gears and putting your foot down.

De­spite a 1.0-litre en­gine with 95bhp, the Seat Ibiza I drove re­cently proved very ca­pa­ble of swift, safe over­tak­ing.

It re­ally is a thor­oughly en­joy­able small car – with ac­cel­er­a­tion enough to give plenty of fun if you want it, and a real 60mpg if driven care­fully. What’s not to like?!

The lit­tle three-cylin­der turbo un­der the bon­net is very will­ing, sounds lovely and revs sweetly all the way to 6,000rpm.

It’s also avail­able with a higher power out­put of 115bhp, but the car I drove doesn’t give too much away to its more ex­pen­sive brother.

Like al­most every other small car on the road, it’s front-wheel drive of course, with a very sweet-chang­ing fivespeed gear­box and a light clutch.

Sporty FR trim gives the driver four se­lectable driv­ing modes: Eco, Nor­mal, Sport and In­di­vid­ual. These are a bit of a gim­mick, but do al­ter steer­ing feed­back and re­sponse to the loud pedal.

The en­gine gives good ac­cel­er­a­tion from 1500 revs, and will pull gen­tly from just above tick­over even in fifth gear when you’re try­ing to get max­i­mum econ­omy.

In­side, there’s a beau­ti­fully clear dash­board, and de­cent rear legroom for the su­per­mini class, but dark grey and black makes it all a lit­tle som­bre.

It comes with Blue­tooth, USB and aux-in, cli­mate con­trol, au­to­matic head­lights and wipers, plenty of ad­just­ment for driv­ers sat and steer­ing col­umn, au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing and al­loy wheels.

It also has front fog­lights with a cor­ner­ing func­tion that re­ally works, split fold rear seat, sports seats and a very good eight inch touch screen to con­trol sat nav and the in­fo­tain­ment

The Seat Ibiza FR 1.0 TSI I drove costs £17,235.

Seat Ibiza FR 1.0 TSI

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