The Seat Ibiza has been the city car of choice for those who want something with a bit of personality for years now. The Spanish manufacturer’s place in the Volkswagen Group is as the youth-orientated, fun-loving brand, and that’s most evident in its Ibiza model.
With sharp lines, a selection of fun but frugal engines and a sometimes frenetic driving experience, the latest generation of Ibiza does a brilliant job of incorporating VW’s sensible reliability without losing any of its charm.
If this sounds appealing but the wide selection of trims and engine options feels a little overwhelming, you’re in the right place! Here, we’ve sifted through the spec lists to find three highlights from the Ibiza range.
The entry level model is the three-door Ibiza E, and it’s the only car in the range that’ll give you change from £10,000.
Despite the fact it does without a lot of the design fripperies of the higher trim levels, the E still looks great. It comes with 14-inch steel wheels, black door handles and tinted windows.
To bring the price down, Seat has done without many of the interior creature comforts many of us take for granted these days. There’s no satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity or DAB digital radio.
You’ll get a five-inch touchscreen, though, with a USB port and an SD card slot, so it’s not totally spartan inside! Despite lacking exciting technology, the E does benefit from Seat’s high quality interior materials.
The E is only available with the 1.0-litre 75bhp petrol engine, which gets 54.3mpg on the combined cycle and emits 118g/km of CO2.
The SE trim sits near the middle of the Ibiza range and offers a great compromise of good equipment levels without seeing the price rise too much.
Available from £12,575, the SE gets 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lamps and daytime running lights that really enhance the car’s look.
Connectivity is much improved with Bluetooth and DAB digital radio fitted as standard, in addition to the five-inch touchscreen. Satellite navigation and integration with Seat’s Full Link mobile phone app are both optional here.
The interior feels a little more premium, too, thanks to a leather-wrapped steering wheel with built-in controls for the stereo system.
Engine choice is more varied here with three petrol engines available. Check your annual mileage and figure out if spending the extra £1,000 for the 1.0-litre EcoTSI would be worthwhile. It achieves an impressive 67.3mpg and emits just 98g/km of CO2.
The top-of-the-range Cupra model has all the bells and whistles you could want from a small hatchback. If you don’t usually go for performance models, don’t let the Cupra name make you nervous – yes, it’s got a powerful engine, but it’s very manageable and in no way intimidating behind the wheel.
The exterior is really enhanced by the 17-inch alloy wheels and redesigned front grille. Cupra badging on the boot is also a nice addition.
Inside there’s climate control, supportive Cupra seats and a media system with all the functionality of the above trims plus satellite navigation as standard.
Safety and convenience features include a trip computer, cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring and electronic stability control.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
September 2, 2016