Party on with the new Ibiza

Sunday Sun - - News - By Mike Tor­pey

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.

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