Ibiza a marvellous supermini
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