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Seat has opened orders for its updated Ibiza supermini and Arona crossover, both of which benefit from styling tweaks and upgraded standard specification.

It’s the first major update for the two cars since their debut in 2017, with key changes including a new grille, revised bumpers and an extended rear spoiler. Changes, therefore, aren’t huge, but are plentiful enough to class as an update.

The trim levels and specification on both models are broadly similar, with both cars coming as standard with new LED headlights, an 8.25-inch touchscreen and cruise control in SE trim. Prices start from £16,945 for the Ibiza and £19,260 for the roomier Arona.

Up next is SE technology, which adds a larger 9.2-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation and Seat Connect for further remote and emergency services. This trim starts from £17,875 for the Ibiza and £20,540 for the Arona.

If you want something sportier to look at, you’ll want the FR, which gets a more aggressive body kit, along with full LED headlights, sports seats and dual-zone climate control, among other features. You’ll pay from £19,285 for the Ibiza and £22,570 for an Arona. FR Sport trim then adds larger 18-inch alloy wheels, digital dials and a more premium microsuede upholstery for the seats. Prices here start from £20,140 with the Ibiza and £23,640 for the Arona.

Following this, the trims are slightly different, with the Ibiza getting an Xcellence trim, which adds keyless entry and start and rear parking sensors, while a flagship ‘Lux’ trim adds a reversing camera and adaptive cruise control into the mix. Xcellence costs from £19,500, and the Lux version from £20,350.

With the Arona, you instead get a more rugged-looking Xperience grade, which adds chunkier styling, along with adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring. At the top of the range is the Xperience Lux, which brings park assist and a reversing camera, with prices starting from £23,290 for the standard model and £24,795 for the Lux.

Both cars are available with a turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engine with outputs of 94bhp or 108bhp. Each comes mated to a manual gearbox, though a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission is offered on the more powerful option. On the Arona, there’s a top-spec 148bhp 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol option, too, which is only sold as an automatic.

Ted Welford

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July 16, 2021