Seat's new Ibiza, the fifth incarnation of the Spanish company's small-car line, is that the start line for the entire Volkswagen Group's next generation of sub-Golf-sized hatchbacks. Outwardly, it builds on the crisp-edged style design big Leon and than recently-reveal Ateca SUV, and beneath it shares a edition of the Group's regular and versatile MQB platform, shortened for its new role and dubbed MQB-A0
This means that whereas it is a little 2mm shorter than the previous Ibiza despite a far roomier cabin, it is also a vast 87mm wider to the purpose wherever it's treading on the toes of the size-class on top of. there isn't any three-door body vogue this point, and also the former supermini has become a fully-formed family automobile.
That said, Seat is aiming the Ibiza at a young audience because it has through with previous generations. the corporate claims its customers square measure ten years younger, on average, than those for many rival brands. that the Ibiza majors on property, with all models that includes an oversized 8in glass touchscreen to manage Apple automobile Play, golem motor vehicle and Mirror Link. prime models get a strong seven-speaker Beats electronic equipment, too.
2017 Seat Ibiza 1.0Engines at launch square measure petrol-fuelled, three-cylinder, 1.0-litre units with 74bhp, or turbocharged TSI versions of these with 94 or 113bhp. fuel 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, 148bhp power engine launched in the new Volkswagen Golf – a bottom-friction, good-breathing, slightly overbored development of the Group's 1.4-litre unit – joins the range later, as do 1.6-litre turbodiesels with 79, 94 or 113bhp. There'll also be an 89bhp TSI fuelled by compressed natural gas.
Seat Ibiza Trim levels begin at Reference (S in the UK) and progress through design (SE in the UK) to the double peaks of the range, FR more sporting overtones and Excellence with a chrome-accented tilt towards a luxury feel; there's no word on a Cupra just yet. Our first drive majors on the 113bhp TSI engine.
What's it like 2017 Seat Ibiza 1.0 ?
Triangular. That's one description. Seat's design department loves triangles, not least because, says design chief Alejandro Mesonero, they suggest motion and direction. So we see triangles in the full-LED headlights, the taillights, the door mirrors; and inside we find similar angularity around the door handles, the speaker grilles and the door-pocket openings.
The 2017 Seat is undeniably a better-looking car, good clean lines, crisp edges and a sense of tension. It's beautifully put together, with panels and components fitting tightly, and the dashboard with its bold band of black or body colour (depending on model), which incorporates the screen, strikes a great balance between visual simplicity and easy access to functions without having to wade through layers of menus. The structure are clear and bold, too, with an Audi like config-screen edition to be offered later.
What could almost be a premium-looking cabin is kept in its place in the Volkswagen Group hierarchy by the hard surfaces where you might hope for soft ones: the dashboard top, the prime sections of the door trims. however the textures square measure matt and that they look overpriced to supply, therefore a touch of premiumness will imbue.
As expected from the dimensional will increase that embody a distance stretched by 95mm to 2654mm, there is lots of space within the Ibiza. 3 adults will slot in the rear while not suffering an excessive amount of, enjoying the 35mm of additional legroom, whereas the boot will swallow 355 litres of baggage, sixty three litres over before.
With the MQB design comes a major rise, around thirty per cent, in torsional stiffness. Certainly the seat ibiza feels rigid, rattle-free and all of piece on the street, and it combines a supple, smooth ride with precise point ability and a flat cornering stance. It grips well, the front wheels resisting under steer even in a succession of speedily-taken mountain bends, and the body's movements are always calm with just the right amount of damping. That use to both the standard suspension and the slightly firmer configuration found in the FR, which also firms its dampers a little more – so little that it's not at all obvious – when switched to Sportmode, which also adds resistance to the precise steering and eagerness to the accelerator response.
The three-cylinder engine's 148lb ft of torque enables it to pull a long-legged sixth gear, with an indicated 75mph showing just 2500rpm, but long motorway gradients defeat it and call for a downshift with the particularly slick gearchange. there is quite heap of response lag from low revs, too, however once the turbocharger is up to hurry the engine is AN eager, sleek and tuneful issue. All told, the new Ibiza is an enticing automobile to drive – and a short encounter with the one.5-litre version, that no performance figures square measure however obtainable, showed it to feel terribly keen so with a stimulating lack of turbo lag.
Should I get one?
2017 Seat Ibiza 1.0 is sort of a characterful compact hatchback, it's well used with the expected newes technology (Traffic Jam Assist, Front Assist and adjustive control square measure all available), and as ever with Seat, it offers Volkswagen cluster quality at a cheaper price. Of the united kingdom costs discovered to this point, the bottom is £13,130 for the entry-level, 74bhp, 1.0 MPI rising to £16,630 for the one.0 TSI one hundred fifteen in metallic element color. the very best GB value is £17,310 for the Xcellence one.0 TSI with 94bhp. However, it cannot be had with a 113bhp engine, however the metallic element will at £16,630. Orders can open in might for Gregorian calendar month delivery.
There's no estate-car version this point, its place taken by the Ibiza-derived Arona compact SUV due later this year. however if you favour a daily tiny hatchback, the new Ibiza could be a excellent one that is fun to drive, nicely finished and has all the toys. It's a strangely commodious one, too.