Both arrived in 2017 – the Ibiza debuting in its fifth generation and the Arona being an all-new model – and have gone on to sell in big numbers. Tweaks to the new models therefore aren’t huge, but bring welcome enhancements.
Beginning with the Ibiza, which now features LED headlights across the range, along with new alloy wheel designs and two new colours – Sapphire Blue and Asphalt Blue.
Tweaks to the Arona are more noticeable, with the crossover getting repositioned fog lights and new silver lower-body trim. Meanwhile at the rear, there’s a new spoiler and diffuser. Like on Seat’s recently updated Ateca, there’s also a new Xperience trim level, which brings more rugged styling to the range. LIke the Ibiza, though, the Arona gets new colour options, alloy wheel designs and LED lights as standard, while a new handwritten model badge is included in both.
Inside, both cars feature a larger 8.25-inch touchscreen as standard, with higher-spec versions coming with a larger 9.2-inch unit. Digital dials are also fitted to range-topping spec FR Sport and Xcellence Lux trim levels, too. Seat is promising an uplift of quality on both the Ibiza and Arona, thanks to a new soft dashboard. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have also been introduced to both, along with enhanced online connected services thanks to a built-in eSIM.
Engine choice remains the same as before, with a naturally-aspirated 79bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine kicking off the Ibiza range, followed by a turbocharged 1.0-litre option, which you can have with 94bhp or 108bhp. Both of these are found in the Arona, too, while a punchier 148bhp 1.5-litre unit is available just on the larger crossover model.
The range of safety kit on both has been bolstered, too, with Travel Assist a new option – combining adaptive cruise control with lane keep assist. A Side Assist feature also helps to stop drivers changing lanes into other vehicles, working with the blind spot monitoring feature, which was already available on both.
Full prices and specifications are yet to be confirmed, but are likely to be detailed closer to when the models go into production in the third quarter of the year.
April 15, 2021