The facelifted SEAT Ibiza is better than ever, updating the interior to match the sharp and clean-cut exterior. This supermini looks stylish and sporty, and certainly lives up to these perceptions in the flesh.
The punchy 96bhp, 1.0-litre three-cylinder diesel, has enough power for an exciting and enjoyable drive and with the snappy five-speed gearbox, progress is even smoother than before. Surprisingly, this does not affect fuel economy - due to the cleaner engines used - as the Ibiza has a fuel consumption of up to a massive 80mpg on a combined cycle. Even the petrol engines have CO2 emissions that dip below 100g/km, meaning it is currently tax-free. The SEAT Ibiza sits at the sportier end of the supermini market and tweaks have been made to the electric steering to make it sharper, whilst the re-tuned springs and dampers take the edge of the firmness of the ride, making it more comfortable as well as very responsive.
Interior updates have made the Ibiza more desirable than ever, with softer materials used among the range making the cabin feel more airy and modern. There are many features, including a new infotainment system - which is compatible with Apple CarPlay as well as Android MirrorLink - and air conditioning as standard. There is also a sportier steering wheel and new instrument cluster, making everything very accessible and comfortable for the driver as well as passengers. This car is very practical as well as boot space is very large for a supermini, with 292-litres available in the 3- and 5-door hatchbacks, and offers a larger 430-litres of boot space in the estate model.
Safety is not a worry in the SEAT Ibiza, achieving a five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash test. All versions come complete with six airbags and electronic stability control with emergency braking assist, making sure you can stop safety when it matters! There is also the option of a system that brakes automatically when it senses you are too close to traffic ahead, as well as a lane departure feature, that will prevent you drifting out of a lane on the motorway.
Overall, the SEAT Ibiza boasts a sporty and modern looking car that follows with a nippy engine and brilliant fuel economy. Due to its recent facelift and technology updates, the Ibiza is more desirable than ever.