Party on with the new Ibiza
SHARP, breezy and fashionable are all words that could aptly be used to describe the SEAT Ibiza.
Looking sharper than ever in its fifth generation, the Ibiza entered 2018 in the best possible fashion by adding the title of ‘Best Supermini’ in the UK Car of the Year awards to its haul of gongs.
That’s easy to understand too, because the latest Ibiza possesses everything you would look for in a car of its class – capped off with a helping of feelgood factor.
More than 5.5 million examples have been sold since its arrival back in 1984 and even though it is now available only in five-door form, it certainly looks the part with a streamlined style that has a sporty edge, highlighted by its standout triangular headlamps.
The Ibiza is up for grabs with a 1.0litre three-cylinder petrol engine in several outputs up to 115bhp, plus a less popular 1.6 turbodiesel, and in five trim grades of SE, SE Technology, FR, Excellence and Excellence Lux.
Our model featured VW’s new 1.5- litre four-cylinder petrol unit in warm hatch FR spec and while the Ibiza line-up starts from £14,905 this model will set you back nearer to £18k.
Pushed to highlight any flaws in ride quality, vibration or harshness, it proved dynamically rewarding – comfortable, quiet and very agile.
Punch is there when you need it, as the figures of 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds confirm, and though you’re realistically not going to get near the official average fuel figure of 57.6mpg, it’s nonetheless an economical runner.
The upshot is better rear legroom and more headroom from seats that are now wider too. Most noticeable of all though is the boot, boasting a 355litre capacity.
Technology and safety are also at a new level and include front assist, hill hold, front curtain airbags and a multi-collision braking system from entry grade and the likes of front and rear parking sensors, eight-inch touchscreen, rear view camera and Full Link connectivity on the higher specs.