The new 140PS 1.4 TSI ACT engine fitted in the SEAT Ibiza FR Edition does not need to use all of its four cylinders to amply power the car -- it just needs a couple of them. Active Cylinder Technology shuts off the second and third cylinders when cruising at low engine speeds and when low torque outputs are required.
It will re-activate the cylinders when more torque is needed. As a result, the amount of fuel consumed is significantly trimmed down, resulting to a SEAT Ibiza FR Edition that is rated 60.1 mpg on the combined cycle while able to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in under eight seconds.
The new ACT petrol engine, which replaces the 150 PS 1.4 TSI non-ACT engine in the Ibiza range, offer similar performance level as its predecessor but returns 12.2 mpg average efficiency improvement and emits 30 g/km less carbon dioxide to 109 g/km. Available only in manual transmission, the standard 1.4 TSI ACT FR is also £1,015 less expensive than its predecessor.
The recently unveiled Ibiza FR Edition is slotted above the standard FR in the Ibiza range, marking the introduction of this innovative ACT technology. The FR Edition offers the same specification as the FR, but adds red seatbelts, red brake callipers, titanium-colored 17-inch alloy wheels as well as matching colored door mirrors, climate control and dark tinted rear windows.
The SEAT Ibiza FR Edition with 1.4 TSI ACT is available in SC and five-door body styles, priced at £15,920 and £16,470 respectively. The Ibiza FR with 1.4 TSI ACT is available in all three body styles – SC (£15,320), five-door (£15,870) and ST £16,570.
A customer only has to pay £600 more to upgrade from the standard FR to FR Edition, despite having additional equipment valued at £1,130. Since the ACT Ibiza belongs into VED Band B, drivers could save £110 annually in VED compared to outgoing engine. Likewise, BIK taxation drops from 20% to 14%, too.