The end of July sees the launch of the all-new SEAT Ibiza, a hotly anticipated event since the first announcement of the new model was made. And orders are now being taken by Nationwide Vehicle Contracts for leasing of the stylish car from Spain.
"Ibiza is an iconic model for SEAT, a best-seller that’s been at the heart of our line-up for more than 30 years," said Richard Harrison, Director, SEAT UK. "With that kind of heritage, you can be sure the new model will be a benchmark car, taking SEAT quality, design, engineering and technology to an even higher level.
"The New Leon range and the Ateca, our first SUV, have set the scene perfectly, generating huge customer response and helping raise UK sales to record heights already this year. The All-new Ibiza will complete a powerful trio at the heart of our brand and we cannot wait to introduce it to British buyers."
The new car already has the car media here in the UK excited, with Auto Express magazine saying that it "sets the class standard" for superminis, while What Car? reports that it’s "one of the best small cars you can buy".
Now exclusively a five-door, the all-new SEAT Ibiza is, without doubt, a modern car, with sharp, sporty, edgy lines that take their cue from the new Leon and Ateca, and sculpted bodywork that gives the car striking, eye-catching appeal.
Hot new exterior colours are also part of the appeal along with new technology (as we will see later), but it is beneath the beautiful exterior that changes have been made in an attempt to redefine the all-new Ibiza’s "quality as a car that is dynamically rewarding to drive and also remarkably spacious within its compact body."
The first model to be built on a new modular Volkswagen Group vehicle platform, MQB A0, the aim has been to enhance the Ibiza's reputation as a great urban street performer whilst highlighting its performance out in the big world on the open roads out there.
Besides adding to the size of the cabin to make it more spacious and comfortable, and to the boot also, SEAT's new Ibiza comes to the hypothetical motoring table with a choice of four petrol engines at launch, including a new economical and spirited 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit that produces 75PS, with turbo versions offering 95 and 115PS. (The 115PS is attainable with the sporty FR model with a six-speed manual or sophisticated dual-clutch automatic transmission.) When it comes to fuel consumption and emissions, the 1.0 TSI 95PS offers 60.1 mpg and 106 g/km of CO2, with other figures pretty close to these.
Later in the year, FR model will also be available with a potent 150PS 1.5 EVO engine to add in some extra performance, while diesel engine versions are planned towards the latter end of 2017.
There are five trim levels available, each with differing but impressive technology, “always-on” connectivity, in-car entertainment, comfort and safety.
At entry level, the S version keeps things simple and smart, with features :
Moving up to SE grade we find:
15" alloy wheels
Front fog lights with cornering function
Multi-coloured ambient cabin lighting
SEAT’s Media System Colour multimedia package.
New level, the SE Technology, is expected to be the UK's favourite selection, with:
The FR model, as we have already told you, focuses on sportier looks with:
Top of the range, and new to the Ibiza, is the XCELLENCE trim which features: