All-new SEAT Ibiza really rocks

The new 2017 SEAT Ibiza has stunning good looks
The new 2017 SEAT Ibiza has stunning good looks

SEAT Ibiza – International preview

It’s hard to believe that after more than 30 years Ibiza is still rocking.

Like the party island it’s named after, the SEAT Ibiza has once again reinvented itself to make people come back for more.

And, this summer, things are going to get even hotter when the fifth-generation model rocks and rolls off the production line in time for the 172 plate.

Since its original launch way back in 1984, the SEAT Ibiza has been the company’s most important model, with more than 5.4 million sales worldwide.

It is such an important model to the Volkswagen-owned group that this all-new version will be the first car to be built on the company’s MQB A0 modular platform.

After seeing it in the flesh this week in Barcelona, I can see why they are so excited about it and so proud to put it ahead of other 
models on this new production line.

With stunning new looks, the all-new SEAT Ibiza has come a long way from the boxy first-generation model I recall from the 1980s.

It is obvious that it has taken some of its design cues from the sharp-looking Leon, and I’m not one bit surprised as that is better looking than many of VW’s best-selling models.

However, it’s not just in the looks department where changes have been made. 

The new model is now 87mm wider than the outgoing car, making it much more comfortable.

Leg room in the back seats has increased by 35mm, while the head room has gone up by 24mm in the front seats and 17mm in the back. 

The seats are also 42mm wider and the boot has also been enlarged by 63 litres, bringing its total capacity to 355 litres.

The interior look, too, has been given a major overhaul and the eight-inch touchscreen on the higher level models is up there with some of the best we have seen.

Also the materials used throughout are much improved and are now very much in line with its Volkswagen siblings.

The new SEAT Ibiza is only available in a five-door option, which SEAT say “is now more functional and the new design offers the sportier look of a three-door model”.

The all-new SEAT Ibiza will offer four equipment lines, starting with the S followed by the SE trim. The top-of-the-range will be the FR and XCELLENCE trims. 

On the technology front, the new SEAT Ibiza will feature front assist, adaptive-cruise control, keyless-entry system, a new generation of front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera.

On the engine front, there will be four petrols to choose from.

The first option is the 1.0 MPI with 75hp, there’s a three-cylinder 1.0 TSI with 95 or 115 PS, along with a turbo-compressor, intercooler and direct injection. 

There will also be a new 1.5 TSI arriving later this year with four cylinders and 150 PS. 

The 1.6 TDI diesel engines will come in 80, 95 and 115 PS varieties. The gearboxes available are a manual five-speed transmission for the 95 PS and lower engines and a six-speed transmission for the more powerful engines. 

The dual-clutch DSG seven-speed gearbox is another of the options available on the all-new Ibiza. 

We have said it many times before on these pages that the SEAT brand really is the hidden gem in the German group and the new Ibiza looks like it will strengthen our views.

We will bring you an in-depth review when we get behind the wheel for a proper, week-long test drive in the coming months.