New Ibiza brings sun­shine

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drivetime Extra - WITH JOHN MURDOCH

The new SEAT Ibiza is about to in­ject some sun­shine into the su­per­mini sec­tor.

The Ibiza, which ar­rived for the first time back in 1984, de­vel­oped into a big player in Bri­tain and the lat­est fifth gen­er­a­tion model prom­ises to in­crease its pop­u­lar­ity.

The Ibiza is SEAT’s best­selling car and has al­ways been pop­u­lar with fam­ily driv­ers and those who are young at heart, sell­ing 5.4 mil­lion units since its be­gin­nings.

The new car is built on the com­pany’s MQB A0 mod­u­lar plat­form which will go on to form the un­der­pin­nings of the new VW Polo and Audi A1 and has been de­signed and de­vel­oped by SEAT.

In terms of styling the new Ibiza is an evo­lu­tion of the larger Leon model – and that’s no bad thing.

What’s spe­cial is the pre­mium feel in a car cost­ing from £13,130 and its fine han­dling.

The lat­est Ibiza sets new stan­dards in its field, a case proven by the fact that it is al­ready pick­ing up awards.

The new Ibiza comes in a five-door only body style in line with cur­rent trends and loses none of its youth­ful ap­peal. In­deed, the Ibiza al­ready has the youngest cus­tomer base of any su­per­mini.

Slightly larger than the car it re­places, the new model features the lat­est con­nec­tiv­ity features in­clud­ing wire­less charger and a Beats au­dio sys­tem.

En­gine op­tions at launch are three 1.0 petrol units of three cylin­ders with out­puts of 75, 95 or 115ps. These are lat­est gen­er­a­tion three-cylin­ders en­gines from the VW sta­ble and are su­per smooth.

The 95ps in par­tic­u­lar is highly eco­nom­i­cal with a com­bined mpg of 60.1, al­lied to CO2 emis­sions of 106 g/ km. It has 113mph in its sights and reach 62mph in just 10.9 sec­onds.

Diesel op­tions of 1.6-litre ca­pac­ity will soon be­come avail­able.

There is also a raft of ac­tive and pas­sive safety features in­clud­ing Front As­sist and Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol mak­ing this car very ad­vanced for its type.

In re­cent years there has been a move away from the tra­di­tional hatch­back to com­pact SUVs. The lat­est Ibiza could be­gin to re­verse the trend and is a top class su­per­mini.

Class The new SEAT Ibiza is slightly big­ger and bet­ter than ever

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