SEAT Ibiza

SEAT is the only company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting 81% of its vehicles, and is present in more than 75 countries through a network of 1,700 dealership. In 2016, SEAT obtained an operating profit of 143 million euros, the highest in the history of the brand, and achieved worldwide sales of 412,000 vehicles.

SEAT Group employs more than 14,000 professionals at its three production centres – Barcelona, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza and Leon. Additionally, the company produces the Ateca and Toledo in the Czech Republic, the Alhambra in Portugal and the Mii in Slovakia. 

The multinational business has a Technical Centre, which operates as a knowledge hub, bringing together 1,000 engineers who are focused on developing innovation for Spain’s largest industrial investor in R&D. SEAT already features the latest connectivity technology in its vehicle range and is currently engaged in a global digitalisation process to promote the mobility of the future.

SEAT Ibiza range: at a glance

  • Fifth-generation of the Ibiza, SEAT’s best-seller, on sale for more than 30 years and 5.4 million sales to its credit
  • An all-new car, designed and built in Barcelona
  • Positioned at the heart of the business, forming one of the core pillars of the SEAT brand
  • Built on the new MQB A0 modular platform – SEAT is the first manufacturer in the Volkswagen Group to deploy this new architecture, realising impressive benefits in dynamic performance, packaging and the introduction of new technology features
  • Edgier, even sportier design, with deeply sculpted surfaces and SEAT’s signature double side blisters
  • Exclusively a five-door model
  • Cabin roominess has increased significantly, thanks in part to an extra 60mm in the wheelbase. Boot space (+63 litres to 355 litres/823 with rear seats folded). L: 4059mm (-2mm), H: 1444mm (-1mm), W: 1780 (1942mm inc. door mirrors)
  • Three petrol engines at launch:
    • 1.0 MPI 75 PS with five-speed manual
    • 1.0 TSI 95 PS with five-speed manual
    • 1.0 TSI 115 PS with six-speed manual or DSG dual-clutch auto
  • CO2 emissions from 106 g/km (1.0 TSI 95 PS)
  • Both TSI engines achieve 60.1 mpg in official combined cycle test
  • Powertrain choice to increase with later introduction of 1.6 TDI diesels and new 1.5 EVO 150 for first time in SEAT range
  • Five trim levels at UK launch: S, SE, SE Design, FR and, new to Ibiza, XCELLENCE
  • S grade features include air conditioning, auto headlights, Hill Hold Control, Multi-Collision Braking, Front Assist, electrically adjustable door mirrors and Media System Touch with Bluetooth, USB port and Aux-in
  • SE versions take on 15-inch alloys, LED daytime running lights and tail lights, front fog lights with cornering function, leather steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake trim, six-speaker audio and Media System Colour
  • SE Design models add a panoramic sunroof, dark-tinted rear windows, “Design” alloys and a 300W Beats audio system
  • FR grade puts the emphasis on sports features, including 17-inch wheels, twin exhausts, redesigned rear bumper,  SEAT Drive Profile, sports front seats, flat-bottom FR steering wheel, sports suspension and dark-tinted rear windows. Auto-dimming rear-view mirror, SEAT Full Link, rain-sensing wipers, coming/leaving home headlight function, Media System Plus with navigation, DAB audio and Tiredness Recognition System are also standard
  • Top-of-the-range XCELLENCE with a no-holds-barred spec’, including Alcantara upholstery, dual-zone climate control, KESSY keyless entry and go and front and rear parking sensors
  • Great customer choice provided by extensive list of options and accessories, including substantial connectivity and tech items such as Beats Sound System, Connectivity Hub (integrated wireless charger & GSM signal booster), Full Link (MirrorLink, Apple Car Play and Android Auto), Rear View Camera, Tiredness Recognition System
  • New wheel designs, up to 18-inch. New Desire Red, Mystery Blue and Mystic Magenta body colour options
  • Top five-star rating in stringent Euro NCAP safety test programme, matching the achievement of both Leon and Ateca
  • Ordering opened 5 May 2017. UK showroom launch 21 July 2017

 

Range overview
The fifth generation of SEAT’s brand-defining model

  • All-new Ibiza, 100% designed and built in Barcelona
  • One of the core pillars of the SEAT brand alongside Leon and Ateca
  • New five-door-only range, sporting an edgier, on-trend design
  • Dynamic performance founded on the new MQB A0 modular platform
  • Equipment features set new standards for the supermini segment

The SEAT Ibiza has built itself a reputation as a significant player among the market’s superminis, amassing more than 5.4 million sales across four generations and more than 30 years. Now the bar has been set even higher.

The All-new Ibiza’s creators had ambitious goals for this pivotal model in the SEAT range, designed and built in Barcelona.  Their intention from the start was to make major advances in safety, design, performance and comfort. The foundation for achieving these aims is the new MQB A0 platform.

The fact that SEAT is first among the Volkswagen Group manufacturers to make use of this modular platform is a sign of the group’s faith in the brand and of SEAT’s new-found confidence. The result is that its best-selling model has evolved to become an even more potent challenger.

SEAT President Luca de Meo declared that the All-new Ibiza should be the “best small car in Europe” and his intentions are reflected in sharper styling, huge leaps in technology and, of course, excellent handling and agility.

At launch, the All-new Ibiza forms the third pillar of the SEAT brand, exemplifying everything that distinguishes as a maker of desirable cars that are great to look at, even better to drive and excellent value-for-money.

The All-new Ibiza adopts a five-door-only body style, reflecting changing customer preferences in the supermini segment. Its design has an edgier, sportier look with more sculpted, accentuated and streamlined surfaces.

While the styling is eye-catching, what lies beneath is actually more crucial in defining what the model is all about. It cannot be understated what a transformative effect the new MQB A0 platform has on the car’s dynamic performance and its ability to offer more than any previous Ibiza generation.  

Exterior dimensions have only marginally increased on the previous generation model, but an extra 60mm added to the wheelbase and intelligent packaging have delivered a noticeably more roomy cabin for both front and rear seat occupants. At the same time, boot space has been expanded by a very useful 63 litres.

UK customers initially have a choice of three one-litre petrol engines, spanning a power range from 75 through 95 to 115 PS. The lesser powered units feature a five-speed manual ‘box, while the 1.0 TSI 115PS offers six speeds or a DSG auto. A range of 1.6 TDI diesels will follow later, together with a performance-focused 1.5 EVO 150 petrol.

There are five equipment grades to tempt buyers, offering SEAT’s familiar and appealing mix of style, comfort and useful tech. Starting point is S grade, with SE and SE Design at the heart of the line-up. FR adds a healthy dose of sporting quality, while XCELLENCE is new to the Ibiza as the full whistles-and-bells range topper.  Equipment and highlights available include Adaptive Cruise Control, LED lighting inside and out, Alcantara upholstery, climate control, seamless smartphone integration with SEAT Full Link and the SEAT Drive Profile with four driving modes. Every model is equipped with an iteration of the fully integrated, touchscreen SEAT Media System, up to Media System Plus with full-colour, eight-inch display, voice recognition, proximity sensor and navigation with 3D mapping.

The provision of advanced driver assistance and active safety systems, together with the inherent strength of the car’s construction, have helped deliver a top five-star rating in the stringent new Euro NCAP safety test programme.

Design
An evolution of SEAT’s design DNA

  • All-new design, inside and out
  • Winner of Red Dot product design award
  • Edgy, sportier look
  • Five-door body style with improved cabin space front and rear and class-leading boot capacity

The design of the All-new Ibiza presented a special challenge, given the model’s heritage of more than 30 years and its status as a key pillar of the SEAT brand. The aim was to produce something fresh and young, while also projecting a sense of maturity and balance. These qualities have been captured in car that stands out with its perfect proportions, projecting a strong character and sense of agility in an edgier, sportier design with more sculpted, accentuated and streamlined surfaces.

SEAT Design Director Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos explained: “We gave (the car) the most beautiful proportions and put our emphasis on volumes and surfaces to create a huge, three-dimensional effect, in order to inspire the most critical and demanding eyes. The sculptural forms and characterful appearance can be appreciated in every detail of its exterior and interior design.”

The styling is an evolution of SEAT’s design DNA, not just preserving the brand’s characteristic brushstrokes, but taking to them to a higher level. Simply put, SEAT considers this the best supermini design it has ever produced – a view supported by the All-new Ibiza winning the 2017 Red Dot Award for Product Design.

Exterior design

The All-new Ibiza is offered exclusively as five-door model, but its clever design has the sportier look of a three-door car, with more than a nod to the successful style of its bigger brother model, Leon.

It is instantly recognisable as a contemporary SEAT design in details such as the triangular headlamp units and signature arrangement of the LED daytime running lights. The proud positioning of the SEAT logo on the front grille is given added visual impact by two character lines flowing down the length of the bonnet and a break in the lower section of the chrome grille frame, which has the effect of underscoring the “S” emblem. The frontal design generates an overall X shape, adding dynamism and a strong sense of stability.

The bodywork has been carefully sculpted, combining sharp lines and smooth surfaces. Short front and rear overhangs and wheels pushed out to the corners of the car produce a stable, dynamic and sporty appearance. The longer wheelbase and window outline accentuate the All-new Ibiza’s size, while double blisters down the length of the car – an authentically SEAT flourish – make for a more expressive, three-dimensional look.

At the back, the rear lights wrap around the car, interacting with the rear blisters to create a distinctive look as well as great aerodynamic performance. The strong, clear lines of the boot and bumper increase the perceived width of the car, while the shape and position of the reflectors emphasise a ground-hugging stance. Overall, the new model is slightly shorter (-2mm at 4,059mm), while overall height is almost unchanged (1,444mm). Both front and rear track have been increased, by 60mm and 58mm respectively (1,525mm and 1,505mm).

A range of new wheel designs is available, in 15, 16, 17 and 18-inch diameters, with silver, machined and striking bi-colour finishes. There is a choice of seven exterior paint colours: Mediterranean Blue is the standard finish, with White, Mystic Magenta, Mystery Blue, Monsoon Grey, Midnight Black and Desire Red optionally available.

Interior design
The All-new Ibiza’s cabin displays design thinking that has successfully been applied to the interior of the new Leon and Ateca, but with an important twist in the style language. More tension, more technical and precise lines and lighter proportions have been introduced to create a more elegant look and higher quality. By using new materials, the Ibiza’s youthful and dynamic character has been preserved.

Ideal cabin proportions generate an improved sense of space and comfort. Structurally, particular emphasis has been given to the horizontal elements in the assembly of functional areas, including the elevated console, to improve both ergonomic performance and safety. The aim was to achieve a roomy and comfortable environment.

Changes to the Ibiza’s dimensions have freed up more space in the interior, notably through an 87mm increase in the car’s width (1,780mm) and an extra 95mm in the wheelbase (2,564mm).  As a result, comfort is increased through an extra 35mm legroom and 17mm more headroom for rear seat passengers. There’s also 17mm more head space up front and the seats have been made 42mm wider.

Loadspace has been dramatically improved as well, with an extra 63 litres freed up, taking the total to a best-in-class 355 litres – and 823 litres when you fold the rear seats. All that space is easier to use, too, thanks a lower load height.

All the controls and instruments are clustered around the driving position and set as high as possible, minimising the need for the driver to take their eyes off the road. As in the new Leon and Ateca, the start button is located to the left of the gear shift. The overall quality and attention to detail evoke the feel of a car from a class above, an effect that’s heightened by the numerous personalisation opportunities, such as the choice of colour for the ambient LED interior lighting, and the range of  impressive onboard technology features, including an eight-inch touchscreen and comprehensive Full Link connectivity package.

Customers choosing FR or XCELLENCE versions of the All-new Ibiza have two colour options for the ambient interior LED lighting – red or white. Using LED technology is not just about aesthetic appeal; LEDs provide higher quality illumination and they use less energy, which ultimately contributes to the car’s overall fuel economy. The availability of an optional full LED lighting package (exterior and interior) is a first in the All-new Ibiza’s class.

Upholstery picks start with smart black Titan cloth for S grade, with “Orgad" grey seat fabric for the SE models. The FR versions feature a sportier “Nora” black cloth with red highlighting, while at the top of the range the XCELLENCE grade comes with black Alcantara with contrast stitching.

Cabin comfort is enhanced by the use of an Air Care filter in the ventilation system (SE grade and higher) which removes all allergens to create and maintain a clean air environment.

Technology
Setting new tech standards for the supermini segment

  • All-new Ibiza’s MQB A0 platform supports the introduction of new technology features
  • Tech appeal raises Ibiza’s profile even higher among younger customers
  • Focus on driver assistance, with Front Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Always-on connectivity with simple and seamless SEAT Media Systems
  • Full Link smartphone integration and new Beats audio system

SEAT has endowed the All-new Ibiza with technology features that might be thought the preserve of cars from a higher class. The new MQB A0 platform has been a key enabler in raising the tech content, making the car even more attractive to younger customers. That can only be a good move for a model that already has the youngest customer profile of any supermini.

Its driving assistance systems, although becoming familiar in the compact hatch and SUV segments, are still quite unusual in the Ibiza’s class. Features available include Front Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control for safer driving and the KESSY keyless entry and start system and a new generation of front and rear parking sensors. There is also a new, higher quality rear-view camera to help take the hassle out of tight manoeuvres. And for those who need to be always connected, there is a new wireless smartphone charger and GSM signal amplifier.

The previous generation Ibiza was the first car in the world to offer seamless smartphone connectivity as standard through its three-in-one SEAT Full Link (MirrorLink, Apple Car Play and Android Auto) capability. The latest version of this system (detailed below) is available in the All-new Ibiza, with intuitive operation using the new integrated Media System touchscreen.

SEAT Media Systems
The All-new Ibiza is equipped with SEAT’s latest generation multimedia technology, engineered for seamless touchscreen operation and a wide range of connectivity options.

This new infotainment platform, MIB (Modular Infotainment Matrix) is a further benefit of the MQBs all-encompassing architecture. This underpins the information and entertainment units used in all MQB models, developed with significant input from SEAT engineers.

SEAT’s design team have created an intuitive and attractive carousel interface for the touchscreen, which serves as the top menu for all the car's media and driver preference settings. Grouping all the car's major functions into the touchscreen benefits not only functionality, but also style and ergonomics, because it allowed the designers to keep the number of buttons and dials on the dashboard to a minimum, while still retaining the ease-of-use of two scroll dials on either side.

The entry-level S grade models are fitted with Media System Touch, comprising a centrally mounted five-inch monochrome touchscreen, USB port, Aux-in socket and SD card slot. Auxiliary controls are also provided on the steering wheel. The four-speaker audio system allows playback of MP3/WMA files and Bluetooth is provided for audio streaming and hands-free phone use.

SE and SE Design grades offer the same functionality, but with an upgrade to a full colour display and six-speaker audio.

Media System Plus is more sophisticated yet, fitted as standard to FR and XCELLENCE models and available as an option for SE and SE Design grades. This retains all the fine intuitive quality of Media System Colour, but provides a larger, eight-inch smart touch display with a proximity sensor that detects hand movement and reveals additional on-screen functions. When a hand moves towards the screen, touch-sensitive buttons at appear at each corner, giving the driver quick access to a number of different options without the screen becoming cluttered with distracting icons. There are two extra audio speakers, a CD player, DAB radio reception, voice recognitions and an additional USB port.

This version of the multimedia package also accommodates a navigation system, with a high-resolution colour driver’s display, 3D mapping and voice command recognition.

SEAT Full Link
Keeping connected while you’re on the move is made simple and seamless with SEAT Full Link smartphone integration. The system is compatible with each of the principle operating platforms – MirrorLink, Android Auto and Apple Car Play.  The result is easy online access, with minimum distraction from the job of driving. Users can sync their email, social media lists and digital playlists using the Seat Media System touchscreen.

Linked to Apple Car Play, the system currently opens access to functions including phone, messaging, music and apps. MirrorLink enables safe smartphone operation by mirroring the phone’s screen on the touchscreen. The system also enables easy connection for a growing number of compatible android devices. Android Auto provides and alternative way of using navigation, communication and music apps, via the touchscreen rather than the phone itself. SEAT Full Link is fitted as standard to the Ibiza FR and XCELLENCE models and is available as an option for SE and SE Design grades.

Beats sound system
In keeping with its youthful calling, the fifth generation Ibiza can be fitted with a Beats sound system. The Beats brand has a great reputation for premium sound entertainment that brings energy, emotion and excitement to music lovers. Available as an option on all versions from SE grade upwards, it comprises a digital signal processor, six speakers, a 300W amplifier and a high-end subwoofer.

KESSY – keyless entry and start
Get in, turn on, drive off: the sequence couldn’t be simpler than with KESSY, SEAT’s keyless entry and start system. Featured as standard on XCELLENCE models and as an option for SE grade and above, it also features a starter button with a pulsing heartbeat glow.

LED lighting technology – inside and out
The All-new Ibiza continues SEAT’s pioneering use of LED technology, available for illumination inside the cabin as well for more powerful, energy-saving exterior lights.  From SE grade and above, LED daytime running lights and taillights are standard, while FR and XCELLENCE versions provide ambient interior lighting in a choice of two different colours. For SE grade and above a full LED option pack covers the headlights, rear lights and even the light for the rear licence plate.

Safety and security
Five-star safety as standard

  • Top five-star rating in Euro NCAP safety testing
  • Exceptional rating for adult occupant safety
  • Ibiza benefits from preventive and active safety features usually found on larger cars
  • Front Assist, Hill Hold Control and Multi-Collision Brake fitted to all versions of the All-new Ibiza

The All-new SEAT Ibiza boasts one of the most comprehensive packages of active and passive and safety features to be found in the supermini segment.

It benefits from a number of the driving assistance systems that are featured in the larger SEAT Leon and Ateca models, but are quite unusual for a supermini class car.  The performance of these, together with a fundamentally strong build have helped Ibiza earn the top five-star rating in Euro NCAP safety testing.

The highlights available within the range include Front Assist, Multi-Collision Braking, Tiredness Recognition, Hill Hold Control  Adaptive Cruise Control, a new front and rear parking sensor system and a rear-view camera that feeds high-quality images to the Media System Plus’s eight-inch touchscreen.

All models are fitted with six airbags and active front head restraints. ABS and Electronic Stability Control with Emergency Brake Assist are also provided as standard, together with a tyre pressure monitoring system, child locks on the rear doors and ISOFIX child seat anchor points on the outer rear seats.

Security provisions include remote central locking with deadlocks. Using the remote system on the key fob will also close or open the car’s windows. The roof-mounted antenna has an anti-theft design and an alarm with perimeter and interior monitoring is available – standard on FR and XCELLENCE grades and offered as an option on all other versions.  

A coming/leaving home lighting function lights up the area around the car as you approach or leave it at night, for an added layer of security. The function is part of the FR and XCELLENCE trim and is available for SE/SE Design grades as part of the Convenience Park.

Five-star safety
The depth of quality of SEAT’s safety concept is reflected in the All-new Ibiza achieving a top five-star rating in Euro NCAP testing, coming through the independent body’s more rigorous evaluation programme with distinction. Its achievement matches that of its sister Leon and Ateca models, to complete a clean-sweep of the cars that form the three central pillars of the SEAT brand.

The Ibiza achieved excellent results in each section of the test, with a stand-out performance in adult occupant protection (95%), together with child occupant (77%) and pedestrian safety (76%) and the effectiveness of safety assistance (60%) features.

Adaptive Cruise Control
Adaptive Cruise Control will automatically keep the car a safe, regulated distance from the vehicle in front, slowing the car as necessary and then automatically accelerating to the pre-set cruising speed when the road is clear. The system is available as an option on all new Ibiza models, apart from the entry S grade.

Front Assist
Front Assist, featured as standard right across the All-new Ibiza range, uses a radar sensor mounted on the front of the car to constantly monitor the distance between the Ibiza and the vehicle ahead. If it calculates that there is a risk of a collision, it will trigger a warning light and sound to alert the driver. If the driver then fails to apply the brakes firmly enough to avoid an impact, the system will generate the necessary extra braking force. In the event of the driver failing to take any action in response to the warnings, Front Assist will automatically apply emergency braking.

Multi-Collision Brake
The Multi-Collision Brake detects when the car has been involved in an accident, for example if an airbag has been fired, and applies the brakes. This helps prevent or lessen the severity of a subsequent impact, should the driver have lost consciousness or the ability to control the vehicle in some way. At the same, the hazard warning lights and brake lights are illuminated.  All versions of the All-new Ibiza benefit from this system.

Tiredness Recognition
The Tiredness Recognition system detects when the driver has become tired and sounds an alert, recommending they take a break from the wheel. The system learns the driver’s style of driving over the course of journey, monitoring the way the steering wheel is used. It notices when there’s a particular deviation from the normal pattern of behaviour that may be a sign that the driver has become tired and is losing attention. At that point it will sound an alert and light up a warning on the information display in the instrument binnacle. The system is fitted to all FR and XCELLENCE models and is an option available for SE and SE Design grades.

Dynamics
The best-handling Ibiza yet

  • Excellent dynamics founded on the quality of the new MQB A0 modular platform
  • 30% increase in torsional stiffness
  • Lightweight, rigid body delivers rewards in driving character, fuel economy and fundamental strength
  • Agile handling with a quieter and smoother ride

The All-new Ibiza’s dynamic behaviour, ride quality and driving comfort are exceptional, thanks to the quality of its new MQB A0 platform and a 30% increase in its torsional stiffness. Substantial improvements have also been made in noise control, vibration and ride quality, to a level that bears comparison with larger, luxurious cars. Performance is agile in the city, nimble on B-roads and comfortable on longer journeys.

MQB A0 Platform
The MQB platform (Modular Quer Baukasten – in translation, Modular Transverse Matrix) represents the Volkswagen Group’s latest chassis technology. It allows for greater manufacturing flexibility, as it supports a range of different models. It also allows the development of different body types within the same segment, and different wheelbase lengths, using the same basic platform.

SEAT committed R&D investment to adapting a production line at its Martorell factory to accommodate the new MQB A0 platform, making it’s the first brand in the Volkswagen Group to use the technology.

Lightweight and rigid body
The All-new Ibiza features a higher number of parts made using Hot-Forming technology, which helps reduce the vehicle’s weight and increase its rigidity, thus improving performance and fuel economy.

Nine-hundred robots are used in the manufacturing process and each car has more than 4,000 welding points – another guarantee of robust quality. Spot welding is combined with laser welding technology to achieve better results, producing a lightweight body that has extreme structural stiffness.

SEAT Drive Profile
SEAT Drive Profile, standard on FR and XCELLENCE versions of the All-new Ibiza, allows the driver to select between Comfort, Eco and Sport modes, plus a fourth Individual setting that lets them combine their preferred elements from the other three. Each mode adapts the responsiveness of the steering, throttle and gearbox to suit different driving scenarios and driver preferences. Operation is simple, using the SEAT Media System Plus touchscreen.

From a driver experience point of view, SEAT Drive Profile distinguishes Sport and Comfort modes most obviously. In Sport mode, for example, the resistance of the electro-mechanical power steering is altered so that it feels heavier. In addition, the response of the accelerator pedal is changed, requiring less movement to open up the throttle fully, giving it a ‘sharper’ feel. 

With a DSG-equipped car, the gearbox is programmed to hold onto each of its seven gears longer in Sport mode – right up to the rev limiter when the car is being driven enthusiastically.

By contrast, in Comfort mode the steering is given more assistance for a lighter feel, and the throttle sharpness eased off, conducive to smoother driving and lower fuel use. Similarly, the DSG automatic transmission (where fitted)  will shift to a higher gear at the earliest opportunity, lowering engine speed on the move and making for an altogether more relaxed driving experience.

In Eco mode the Start/Stop engine function is activated automatically, and the climate control settings (XCELLENCE grade) are altered to reduce energy consumption. In cars with manual transmissions, the optimum gearshift points are signalled via a read-out on the multi- information screen in the instrument binnacle.

Ownership
Superb choice, performance and value for money

  • All-petrol 1.0-litre engine range at launch, efficient 1.6 TDI diesels and a 150 PS 1.5 EVO petrol unit follow shortly after launch
  • 1.0 MPI 75 PS and 1.0 TSI with 95 and 115PS
  • CO2 emissions from 106 g/km, combined cycle fuel economy from 60.1 mpg
  • Five and six-speed manual transmissions, plus optional seven-speed DSG auto for 1.0 TSI 110 PS
  • Five generously equipped model grades – S, SE, SE Design, FR and XCELLENCE

Engine range
The All-new Ibiza is launched in the UK initially with a trio of 1.0-litre petrol engines, all of which comply with Euro6 emissions standards and lead the way in performance. Durability and low emissions are a given, across the board. All benefit from lightweight aluminium blocks and cylinder heads, with a double overhead belt-driven camshaft with a maintenance period of around 18,000 miles.

All units also feature a stop-and-start system, helping save fuel and keep emissions down.

The entry point is the 1.0 MPI 75 PS engine, which has official combined cycle figures of 57.6 mpg and 112 g/km of CO2. It produces a healthy 95 Nm between 3,000 and 4,300 rpm, ensuring excellent response at low to mid-revs – deal for smart around-town performance. It is matched with a five-speed manual gearbox, with which a 104 mph top speed can be achieved in fourth gear. The fifth gear ratio is engineered to allow maximum torque to be harnessed for a smooth and comfortable ride, whether travelling on major routes or B-roads.

The most fuel-frugal unit in the launch line-up is the 1.0 TSI 95 PS, with combined cycle benchmarks of 60.1 mpg and 106 g/km of CO2. It’s distinguished by its smooth operation and excellent response from very low revs; its high maximum torque of 175 Nm is available from just 2,000 through to 3,500 rpm. Top speed is 113 mph and acceleration from rest to 62mph can be accomplished in just 10.9 seconds.

Completing the initial powertrain range is a 115 PS version of the 1.0 TSI, offered with a six-speed manual transmission, exclusively in FR trim. In spite of the added power, it too achieves 60.1 mpg combined cycle fuel consumption, with CO2 emissions only marginally higher at 108 g/km.  It delivers fantastic performance, capable of nought to 62 mph in 9.3 seconds and a 121mph top speed. Again, prodigious torque can be exploited at low engine speeds – a maximum 200Nm on tap from 2,000 to 3,500 rpm.

Future engines
The All-new Ibiza’s UK engine range will expand within its first year on sale with the addition of a potent 1.5 EVO 150 PS petrol engine for the FR grade, plus highly efficient 1.6 TDI turbodiesel engines, with 80 and 95 PS outputs.

Transmissions
A five-speed manual transmission is used as standard with engines with outputs of 95 PS or lower; a six-speed manual is featured on higher-powered engines. A seven-speed, dual-clutch DSG automatic will be available as an option with the 1.0 TSI 115 PS engine.

 Performance and fuel efficiency

Engine

1.0 MP1 75 PS

1.0 TSI 95 PS

1.0 TSI 115 PS

Gearbox

5-speed manual

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

Fuel economy (mpg) 

 

 

 

Urban

47.1

48.7

48.7

Extra urban

65.7

68.9

68.9

Combined

57.6

60.1

60.1

CO2 emissions (g/km)

112

106

108

0-62 mph

14.7

10.9

9.3

Top speed (mph)

104

113

121

Equipment highlights
At launch, the All-new Ibiza is available in five trims, each providing a genuine value-for-money specification that plays to SEAT’s established strengths of superb style, useful technology and excellent safety.

The entry-level Ibiza S versions keeps things simple and smart, featuring air conditioning, electric front windows, automatic headlights, electrically adjustable door mirrors, Media System Touch, USB port/Aux-in, four-speaker audio, Bluetooth, trip computer and advanced safety features including Front Assist, Multi Collision Braking and Hill Hold Control.

SE models deliver a wealth of extra features: 15-inch “Enjoy” alloys, front fog lights with cornering function, LED daytime running lights and taillights, rain-sensing wipers,  split-folding rear seats and leather steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake trim are all included, together with a six-speaker audio system and SEAT’s Media System Colour multimedia package.

The SE Design grade puts the focus on style, extending the SE specification with the addition of a panoramic sunroof, 16-inch “Design” alloys, dark-tinted rear windows, chrome window surrounds and a Beats Audio sound system for extra aural punch.

FR specification goes for a sportier look with 17-inch “Dynamic” alloys, dark-tinted rear glass, brilliant black and chrome bodywork details and twin exhaust. There’s also a folding function for the door mirrors. The cabin is fitted with sports front seats (height adjustment for both), flat-bottom steering wheel, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and Full Link smartphone integration. There’s an audio upgrade to DAB radio reception, steering wheel-mounted shift paddles (when a DSG transmission is specified) and a Tiredness Recognition System. Add in cruise control, sports suspension, rear disc brakes and SEAT Drive Profile with four selectable drive modes and you have a car that adds authentic performance to its arresting looks.

XCELLENCE grade, new to Ibiza, tops out the range, with distinguishing features such as 16-inch “Design” machined alloy wheels, Atom Grey door mirror housings, black Alcantara upholstery, front centre armrest, dual-zone climate control, electric rear windows, KESSY keyless entry-and-go, front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera.

Options
There is also a comprehensive options list that gives owners a wealth of ways to upgrade their car, whether choosing single items or option packs that provide a bundle of extras at a competitive price.

Available exterior styling upgrades include alloy wheels, metallic or special Desire Red paint finishes, dark-tinted rear windows and a panoramic sunroof. A full LED lighting package covers headlights, rear lights, licence plate illumination and interior ambient lighting for the cabin.

To make life more comfortable on board, dual-zone climate control and Alcantara upholstery can be added, while the infotainment quotient can be upped with DAB, Media System upgrades and a Connectivity Hub. The Ibiza’s new Beats sound system is offered for SE grade models and above.

The Convenience Pack (SE and SE Design) adds coming/leaving home function for the headlights, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirrors and electrically folding door mirrors. The ease-of-use benefits of these features are taken a step further with the Vision Pack Plus (SE, SE Design and FR), which provides front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera. The Driver Pack (SE and SE Design) is ideal for motorists making regular long distance journeys, adding cruise control and the Tiredness Recognition system to the specification.

Increased practicality is the focus of the Storage Pack (all grades bar S), which fits the boot with a double floor, stowage nets and anchor rings and provides handy drawers beneath the front seats.

SEAT Ibiza S grade equipment features
Exterior
Mediterranean Blue paint

Halogen headlights with electric adjustment

Halogen daytime running lights

Rear fog lights

Black front grille frame

Electrically adjustable door mirrors

SEAT logo tailgate release

Interior equipment
Driver and front passenger sun visors

Front courtesy light

Rear-view mirror with dimming function

Illuminated boot

Two cupholders

Seats and trim
Height-adjustable driver’s seat

Height adjustable front and rear headrests (x2)

Folding rear seats

“Titan” black cloth upholstery

Functional and mechanical
Air conditioning

Electric front windows, one-touch with anti-squeeze

Height and reach-adjustable steering wheel

Speed-sensitive electro-mechanical power steering

Comfort suspension

Auto-headlights

Instrumentation
Trip computer

Outside temperature gauge

Digital clock

Instrument lighting brightness control

Low fuel warning light

Lights-on warning buzzer

Gearshift indicator

Infotainment
FM/AM radio

Four speakers

Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free phone operation

Media System Touch

5-inch monochrome touchscreen

USB port

Aux-in

SD card slot

Steering wheel-mounted controls

Wheels and tyres
15-inch steel wheels with “Urban” covers

185/65R15 91H tyres

Emergency tyre repair kit

Safety and security
Driver and front passenger airbags

Front passenger airbag deactivation

Front side and curtain airbags

Active front head restraints

ABS

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)

Hill hold control

Tyre pressure monitoring

Front assist

Multi-Collision Braking System

Automatic warning lights

Electronic engine immobiliser

Folding, remote keys with window open/close function

Front seatbelt reminders

SOFIX child seat point with top tether anchorages on outer rear seats

Rear door child locks

Locking wheel bolts

Anti-theft roof antenna

VIN visible in windscreen

SE grade adds:
Exterior
Front fog lights with cornering function

LED daytime running lights

LED tail lights

Interior equipment
Driver’s sun visor with mirror and card holder

Front courtesy light and reading light

Seats and trim
Leather steering wheel and gear knob trim

Leather handbrake grip

60/40 split-folding rear seats

“Orgad” grey cloth upholstery

Functional and mechanical
Air conditioning with dust and pollen filter

Infotainment
Six audio speakers

Media System Colour

5-inch colour touchscreen

USB port

Aux-in

SD card slot

Steering wheel-mounted control

Wheels and tyres
15-inch “Enjoy” alloy wheels

185/65R15 tyres

FR grade adds to SE trim:
Exterior
Dark-tinted rear windows

Brilliant black door mirror casings

Electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors

Chrome window trim

FR rear bumper

Twin exhaust pipes

Interior equipment
Multi-coloured ambient lighting

Flat-bottom steering wheel

Seats and trim
FR sports seats

Height-adjustable front passenger seat

“Nora” FR cloth upholstery

Functional and mechanical
Rain-sensing wipers

Auto-dimming rear-view mirror

Coming/leaving home headlight function

Steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles (with DSG transmission)

SEAT Drive Profile

Normal/Sport/Eco/Individual drive modes

Steering and throttle response

Gear shifts mode (with DSG transmission)

Sports suspension

Infotainment
Media System Plus

8-inch colour touchscreen

Voice recognition

Additional USB port

Full Link (including Mirror Link, Apple Car Play and Google Android Auto)

Navigation system with 3D map display and voice recognition

Wheels and tyres
17-inch “Dynamic “alloy wheels

215/45R17 tyres

Safety and security
Rear disc brakes (engines with more than 100 PS)

Tiredness recognition system

Alarm with perimeter/interior monitoring

XCELLENCE grade adds:
Exterior
Atom Grey door mirror casings

Interior equipment
Passenger sun visor with mirror and card holder

Seats and trim
Black Alcantara and leather-effect upholstery with contrast stitching

Front seatback storage pockets

Drawer beneath driver’s seat

Functional and mechanical
Dual-zone climate control

KESSY keyless entry and go

Front and rear parking sensors

Rear-view camera

Wheels and tyres
16-inch “Design” machined alloy wheels

195/55R16 tyres

Impressive residual values
Ahead of its UK launch, the All-new Ibiza was already a winner in the considered opinions of car data experts CAP. It heralded the model’s arrival with an expectation that it would retain up to an exceptional 46% of its purchase value after three years/30,000 miles, reassuring customers that buying the new SEAT is a prudent choice when it comes to lasting value.

Warranty and servicing
The All-new Ibiza comes with the peace-of-mind protection of a three-year/60,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty. Customers can also purchase extensions of one, two or three years. SEAT customers are also entitle to three years’ free accident and repair cover, operating in parallel to the customer’s main motor insurance policy. SEAT Roadside Assistance, including European cover, is provided as part of the package for the first two years of vehicle ownership. Terms and conditions apply,

A range of service plans are available, with the option of budget-friendly monthly payment plans. These can cover two or three-year periods and transferable (when fully paid) if the car is sold during that time. They allow servicing to be carried out by any official SEAT dealership in the nationwide network.

SEAT Ibiza: a short history
The first generation Ibiza (1984 to 1993) saw SEAT collaborate with Italdesign, the company led by the world-famous Italian designer Giorgio Giugiaro. Karmann was responsible for development of the bodywork, while Porsche came on board as technical partner for the car’s “System Porsche” engines.  At the time of launch, a new Ibiza cost 825,000 pesetas (approximately £4,350).  In 1992, the supermini was the official car of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.

The second generation model (1993 to 2002) also bore the styling hallmarks of Giugiaro and was the first car to be built at SEAT’s new Martorell factory in Barcelona. Its lines were rounded and aerodynamic and it benefited from a level of equipment and mechanical sophistication that at the time were usually only found in higher segment models. It was the first model in its class to be equipped with TDI turbodiesel engine, initially a 90PS unit.

The Ibiza reached a milestone in its development in 1996 with the launch of the first CUPRA version, powered by a 2.0-litre 150 PS engine and offering an authentically sporty image and performance.

Another Italian design guru, Walter de Silva, former head of design for the Volkswagen Group, was at the helm for defining the exterior lines of the third generation Ibiza (2002 to 2008). The car marked another step forward in manufacturing quality, engine range and dynamic performance, while the styling introduced more attractive aesthetics. Dynamic prowess was improved, too, with the introduction of the Agile Chassis concept, developed by SEAT’s technical centre in Martorell.

The fourth generation Ibiza (2008 to 2017) was styled by Luc Donkerwolke, who took up the reins as head of design at SEAT after making his name at Lamborghini. The result was the launch of the Arrow Design concept, giving the Ibiza a distinctively more sporty appearance than its predecessors. The model underwent a significant facelift in 2015.

As the fifth generation Ibiza makes its debut, under the stewardship of Design Director Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, total sales of the model have reached more than 5.4 million units in 33 years.