Seat will begin selling its revised Ibiza this autumn in the UK. Launched at the Barcelona motor show, the Ibiza is available with lower-emission engines and boasts of numerous upgrades to its cabin. The Ibiza, which will compete with the Ford Fiesta, will still be offered in three-door SC, five-door and estate ST forms. Seat gave its exterior some very subtle tweaks. Its headlights are different.
It now uses LED daytime running lights. Its alloy wheels are available with new designs and it comes with two new paint colors. The major differences lie under the bonnet. The Ibiza will be offered with several of the newest three-cylinder petrol engines from the VW Group. The 74bhp 1.0-litre motor – the entry-level engine – has been used in the Up, Mii and Citigo city cars.
But then, the Ibiza will be offered with this engine’s turbocharged variants (89bhp and 109bhp) – the first product from the VW Group to get these. Fans have been waiting for these motors for quite some time now. In 2012, the higher-powered version was seen in the Up GT. Details about the new Ibiza’s performance or efficiency have not been released yet.
The Ibiza will still be built on the PQ26 platform but its suspension settings have been modified to offer greater comfort after Seat received feedback from its customers about this issue. Adaptive dampers will be optional and can be used in comfort or sport mode.
The automaker also revised the steering, from previously using hydraulic power assistance to a speed-sensitive electrically assisted system. If the Seat DriveProfile (how these adaptive dampers are called) is fitted, the steering weight and response will make adjustments, depending on the mode chosen.