It will be a groundbreaking year for SEAT – the first small SUV will be built this year, and the fifth generation of the Ibiza will be in the Schauräumen from June.
The typical Ibiza rider is a rider, she is 24 years young, and she is looking for a tough Spaniard. Other customers, however, are not sent away! SEAT’s small car makes it particularly in the newest variants, to convince younger motorists and first-time buyers. With the fresh model variation the stepbrother Polo is to be pushed by the Kleinwagenthron.
From the adoptive child to the pattern pupil: for the first time in eight years the brand generated a plus in the previous year. “No one is supposed to overlook the Ibiza if he wants to buy a car in the small car segment,” said SEAT CEO Luca de Meo at the presentation confidently.
Apart from the Leon and the Ateca, the Ibiza is one of the three cornerstones in the company, which SEAT will continue to rely on in the future. It scores with equipment (Smartphone for driving around), security (calm worried parents) and the price (spare their wallet). The fifth generation of the entry-level car also depends on these three corner points.
Women’s or men’s car?
Blurred boundaries between small and compact class: In the new generation the Ibiza gets a longer wheelbase (2564 mm, 98 mm longer than its predecessor), with a vehicle length of just over four meters it is only 20 centimeters shorter than the SEAT Leon or the Audi A3.
Overall, the new is more angular and sporty. The wheels are larger in size, the vehicle is wider overall. SEer is more than five-door, the Kombi flies out of the program. This buyer layer is supposed to address SEAT’s second geldelimousine, the Arona, from autumn. Until then, the Ibiza has already broken new sales records.
Four equipment variants are offered. XCellence marks the comfortable, FR the (lower-lying) sports line, both have standard all-round LED.
What you need
Already the Basismodell Reference has the most important and a few extras on board, from the air conditioning to Berganfahrassistent up to the front assistant. The Austrian package lures with a steering wheel and gear lever in leather as well as an eight-inch display.
The offer of the engine already comprises three-cylinder petrol engines with 75, 95 or 115 hp, the latter with DSG. The diesel plays hardly a role at SEAT. The sharpest Ibiza with 150 hp comes, as well as the self-ignition, in autumn. The natural gas variant is a superior alternative for companies.
Surprises? Not necessarily. Re-invented driving? Not necessary. You get what you expect from the Spanish Volkswagen. The most exciting innovations are an eight-inch touch screen and the cordless phone charging tray in the center console. The smartphone is easy to connect with the car and connects the media system with its own apps. The loudspeakers and the subwoofer of Beats make for sounds like in the living room.
In terms of security
… SEAT uses various systems from the VW Group. While driving, the front assist brakes automatically when the driver does not react to obstacles. A novelty in the small cars is the fatigue warning. The system constantly analyzes the steering behavior and recommends a break when the concentration drops.
As the first vehicle, the Ibiza is based on Volkswagen’s new modular platform with the bulky name MQB A0. Higher body stiffness, according to the manufacturer, has a positive effect not only on robustness, but also on driving. Parking sensors on the front and rear as well as an improved reversing camera round off the security package (for a surcharge).
The SEAT Ibiza is available from 12.990 Euro, with five years warranty.