SEAT is set to mount a fresh challenge on the supermini segment by updating its Ibiza model for release later this year. The compact car will take on the likes of the Ford Fiesta and gets a host of updates to attract buyers away from its rivals. Johnsons SEAT will be among the first to take delivery of the vehicle and you can read about the main changes below.
A refreshed look
Subtle changes have been made to the Ibiza's design to retain the appeal of the outgoing model but modernise its features. There are new LED running lights as well as more options for buyers. Two new alloy wheel designs and two extra paint shades will be offered to help motorists make the car their very own. Just like the departing Ibiza the new arrival will be available in three and five-door shapes as well as the ST estate and sporty SC three-door versions. Sharply folded panels, angular headlamps and a trapezium-shaped grille remain as familiar design elements.
Generous amounts of new in-car kit
While the revisions to the exterior may be understated, the Spanish firm has been busy inside the cabin. One of the most significant changes is the addition of SEAT's second-generation Easy Connect system. Featuring a high-resolution touchscreen, the technology takes the car's connectivity to a new level. The Mirror Link function enables smartphone apps to be mimicked on the display and there's also the option for a DAB radio with voice control as part of the MediaSystem plus pack.
Buyers also benefit from added safety technology which reinforces the car's status as one of the safest on the road. Multi-Collision Brake automatically slows the car if a crash occurs and even flashes the hazard lights if the airbag is deployed. An intelligent Tiredness Recognition System to detect and alert the driver to fatigue has also been included.
Attention has been paid to the Ibiza's driving dynamic as well as its safety performance, with SEAT making sure the model's sporty character hasn't been lost. The new engine family includes a 75PS 1.0-litre petrol and a 1.0-litre Eco TSI unit with either 95PS or 105PS. An economical 150PS 1.4-litre Eco TSI also features, and it boasts Active Cylinder Management which shuts off two of the engine's cylinders to enhance the car's efficiency. The most economical of all is the 75PS 1.4-litre TDI which returns a wallet-friendly 83.2mpg combined and releases 88g/km of CO2. Retuned suspension and the option for adaptive dampers join the engine line-up as upgrades that improve the current Ibiza's already exciting driving experience.