2016 SEAT Ibiza CUPRA arrives with outstanding performance, emotional design

Article by Christian A., on September 1, 2015

The newly released SEAT Ibiza CUPRA demonstrates the spirit of the SEAT brand combining outstanding performance, an emotional design, and state-of-the-art technology, making it the most dynamic vehicle in its class. Owing to its first-rate functionality and the compact format, the Ibiza CUPRA is the best sports car that can be driven on a daily basis.

The 1.8-liter TSI engine allows the sports car to go from 0 to 100 km/h in merely 6.7 seconds and give it a maximum speed of 235 km/h.

The interior meanwhile gives both drivers and passenger that feeling of quality through the different features like the SET DriveApp, SEAT Full Link, and SEAT ConnectApp. All of these combined resulted in excellent reception by customers making it the top reason why many people continue to buy this compact Spanish model.

SEAT, S.A. President Jürgen Stackmann relates that the Ibiza CUPRA has become the icon of the brand through its refined performance and outstanding design with the promise of a pleasurable drive mile after mile. Stackmann adds that the improved quality, its upgraded interior and innovative connectivity, shows the dedication at which the brands of the company continue to develop. The Ibiza CUPRA was initially introduced in 1996 and has been developed to become the fundamental element of the brand.

The latest incarnation of the Ibiza CUPRA has an XDS electronic differential lock, high-performance brakes, 141 kW, and the CUPRA drive Profile that has adjustable damping. Even with these high technological features, the Ibiza CUPRA also has innovative features like the SEAT infotainment systems which give exclusive solutions that optimize the integration of the smartphone with the CUPRA’s SEAT DriveApp and Full Link.

Dr. Matthias Rabe, the Vice-President for Research and Development at SEAT S.A, says that the Ibiza CUPRA is the best example of how the company combines the newest technologies of the Volkswagen Group in order to create a distinctive and unique overall package. Rabe adds that the precise handling, responsive and powerful acceleration, good traction, and even the fade-free brakes, exemplify what the CUPRA name is all about.

The new Ibiza CUPRA also has the standard 17-inch wheel and suspension that has been tweaked for optimal precision and agility. The CUPRA drive Profile allows the elements of a compact sports car to be integrated with simply the touch of one button that can match the preference of the drive.

The CUPRA selective Suspension meanwhile is a suspension control system that is so adaptable that the driver can choose to have either sport suspension or comfort suspension and even modify steering behavior. The XDS electronic differential lock on the other hand improves the handling characteristics of the Ibiza CUPRA and reduces the tendency to understeer. The ESP or electronic stability system includes a hill start assist with a multi-collision brake and the standard drowsiness warning that is part of the usual standard safety package.

The Ibiza CUPRA has been given a euro NCAP crash test five-star rating.

Exterior Design

The exterior design of the Ibiza CUPRA, a dynamic compact car with a muscular and powerful stance, can clearly be expressed even with just an initial glance. The exterior design of the new car has received good comments from both customers and potential buyers.

The standard bi-xenon lights that have been part of SEAT’s design language integrate well with the sculptural form of the Ibiza CUPRA.

It has LED daytime running lights that trace the headlight forming a distinct light signature. This can also be seen on the rear lights.

The side of the Ibiza CUPRA has sharp executed edges and lines that emphasize the rear shoulders and the very special 17-inch wheels. The paintwork of the Ibiza CUPRA is contrasted by the mirrors that have a high-gloss black exterior.

Moreover, the powerful back portion further underscores the role of the sports car as the standard between the different compact cars with its broad bumper frames that incorporate trapezoidal shape of the tailpipe.

Interior Design

Finally there is the interior with obvious upgrades in its design. All the features of the Ibiza CUPRA, its precision, character, and functionality are apparent in the different surfaces and lines of the car’s interior.

With the horizontal proportion of the cockpit and driving focus, this makes a fascinating statement on how the lay-out of the different elements is optimized.

The attention to detail on the Ibiza CUPRA is also obvious as seen from the infotainment systems, new instrument panel, air vents, and new Leon family steering wheel.

The new interface also creates a more intense relationship between the technology and the drive. The most distinctive feature of the interior of the Ibiza CUPRA is that it gives you a feel of Barcelona which is where SEAT is based.


The Ibiza CUPRA has a 1.8-liter TSI turbocharger engine that uses a combination of direct/indirect injection guaranteeing high performance from the 141 kW/ 192 PS. While the power of the Ibiza CUPRA is higher than its predecessors, it is the torque that has the best improvement.

From a 250 Nm of torque, the new model has a torque of 320 Nm with a wider revolution range of 1,450 to 4,200 rpm making it have better pulling power regardless of the situation. The engine allows the Ibiza CUPRA to have a maximum speed of 235 km/h and it can go from 0 to 100 km in 6.7 seconds.

Despite this power, the new model has an average fuel consumption of around 6 liters for every 100 kilometers.

Press Release

The New SEAT Ibiza CUPRA – More Performance, More Driving Fun

The new Ibiza CUPRA shows the essence of the SEAT brand in its purest form – emotional design, outstanding performance and state-of-the-art technology unite to form one of the most dynamic cars in its class. With its compact format and excellent functionality, the Ibiza CUPRA is the perfect sports car for everyday use. The performance generated by the 1.8-litre TSI engine is impressive – acceleration from 0-100 km/h in just 6.7 seconds, a top speed of 235 km/h – paired with exceptional efficiency. The new interior creates an extraordinary feeling of quality, while SEAT Full Link, the SEAT DriveApp and the SEAT ConnectApp enable optimum connectivity. In one area, however, there was very little room for improvement – the Ibiza’s emotional and dynamic design is incredibly well received by customers and is cited as the main reason for purchasing the compact Spanish model.

“The Ibiza CUPRA is an icon of the SEAT brand. Its striking design and refined performance promise driving pleasure mile after mile,” says Jürgen Stackmann, President of SEAT, S.A. “With its innovative connectivity, upgraded interior and further improved quality, the new Ibiza CUPRA clearly shows the speed at which our brand continues to develop.”

A success story starts a new chapter. The first generation of the Ibiza CUPRA reached the roads in 1996, since when the highly dynamic CUPRA models have developed to become a core element of the SEAT brand. The next chapter of this story is being written by the new Ibiza CUPRA: 141 kW / 192 PS, XDS electronic differential lock, high-performance brakes, CUPRA Drive Profile with adjustable damping ¬– the high level of technology in the new Ibiza CUPRA is as much as given as the extensive equipment with innovative details. One example is the new SEAT infotainment systems, which offer exclusive solutions for optimum smartphone integration with Full Link and the SEAT DriveApp.

“Responsive, powerful acceleration, extremely precise handling, good traction and fade-free brakes guarantee the kind of driving fun that the CUPRA name stands for,” says Dr. Matthias Rabe, Vice-President for Research and Development at SEAT S.A. “The new Ibiza CUPRA is a perfect example of how we at SEAT bring together the very latest technologies from the Volkswagen Group to create a unique and highly distinctive overall package.”

Exceptional performance, state-of-the-art technology

The new 1.8 TSI engine with turbocharger and combined direct / indirect injection is a compact piece of hi-tech that guarantees exceptionally refined performance from its 141 kW / 192 PS. Power is up by 12 PS compared with its predecessor, but the greater advance is in the torque. Instead of the previous 250 Newton metres, there are now 320 Nm on call – across an extremely broad rev range from 1,450 to 4,200 rpm. This delivers incredibly forceful pulling power in any given situation. A 0-100 km/h acceleration figure of 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 235 km/h put it in the premier league of compact sports cars. Nevertheless, the Ibiza CUPRA is content with an average fuel consumption of just 6.0 litres per 100 kilometres.

CUPRA Drive Profile with adaptive suspension

The Ibiza CUPRA comes as standard with 17-inch wheels and suspension tuned for maximum agility and precision. One new standard feature is the CUPRA Drive Profile, which allows the characteristics of the compact sports car to be adapted at the touch of a button to suit driver preferences. This encompasses CUPRA Selective Suspension, an adaptive suspension control system that let you choose between comfort suspension or sport suspension and also, modifies the steering behaviour. The XDS electronic differential lock reduces the tendency to understeer and improves handling characteristics, especially under fast cornering. The ESP electronic stability system, complete with hill start assist and multi-collision brake, and drowsiness warning are likewise part of the standard safety package in the Ibiza CUPRA. The Ibiza has been awarded the highest five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash text.

Expressive design with powerful lines

The expressive design conveys the character of the new Ibiza CUPRA from the very first glance – this dynamic compact car has a powerful and muscular stance. The exterior design is still very much up-to-the-minute and incredibly well received by customers and prospects alike. The edgy line of the standard bi-xenon lights is a typical element of the SEAT design language, perfectly integrated into the Ibiza’s sculptural form. The LED daytime running lights trace the line of the headlamp to form a unique light signature, as do the LED rear lights.

The side view of the three-door coupé is brought to life by the sharply executed lines and edges. The accentuated rear shoulders and the exclusive 17-inch wheels underscore its performance. The high-gloss black exterior mirrors set a clear contrast to the Ibiza CUPRA’s paintwork. The powerful rear end once again underscores the special role played by the Ibiza CUPRA as a benchmark among compact sports cars, with the broad bumper framing the substantial, matt-black diffuser, which incorporates the trapezoidal tailpipe.

Extensively upgraded interior

The upgrades in the redesigned interior are all the more apparent. The new design concept includes a harmonious balance between the car’s distinctive character, functionality and precision – evident in every line and every surface of the new interior. The cockpit’s horizontal proportions and driver focus make a compelling statement through the optimum layout of all elements and the soft-touch finish. The attention to detail is apparent in the new steering wheel from the Leon family, the air vents, the new instrument panel and the infotainment systems. This new interface in particular creates an intense relationship between driver and technology, with unambiguous functionality and clear operation. The interior design reflects the inspiration of Barcelona, the home of SEAT, and is condensed into the characteristic simplicity of the SEAT brand’s feel.

Perfect connectivity with Full Link

Alongside MirrorLink™, the SEAT Full Link connectivity solution incorporates the functions of Apple Car Play™ and Android Auto™. Users can be online, while retaining full concentration on the road, and make use of the various permitted functions conveniently and safely via the touchscreen in the new Ibiza. In the case of Apple CarPlay, those functions currently cover phone, messaging, music and maps, with more to follow in future. MirrorLink is another perfect technology that enables the safe operation of smartphones and many of their functions and apps via the Ibiza CUPRA’s infotainment system by “mirroring” the smartphone screen on the touchscreen in the redesigned Ibiza cockpit. This works seamlessly with a growing number of MirrorLink-compatible Android smartphones. Android Auto provides quick and easy access to navigation, communications, and music applications and services in a way that is safer than accessing these apps on the phone screen while driving.

New SEAT DriveApp

The new SEAT DriveApp has been developed exclusive for users of SEAT FullLink and MirrorLink. It offers a whole range of innovative functions that can be used either in or outside the Ibiza CUPRA. For instance, the vehicle’s touchscreen can be personalised with local weather reports or contacts. Plus, the SEAT DriveApp uses “text to speech” to read out the latest posts from Facebook or Twitter, while “Challenger” offers interesting challenges to optimise driving skills, leading to a more efficient driving style. On leaving the vehicle, the “where is my car” function stores the Ibiza’s current position and finds it again whenever necessary.

New SEAT ConnectApp

The Spanish car maker has agreed a cooperation with Samsung for the development of innovative connectivity solutions and is offering the new SEAT ConnectApp within the MirrorLink technology as an initial step. It makes perfect use of MirrorLink integration – the driver is “always on”, yet remains fully concentrated on the traffic. One new and exclusive function is gesture control, enabling functions such as calls or contacts to be called up on the SEAT Media System touchscreen. The welcome screen of the SEAT ConnectApp can be individualised to display information such as the current weather forecast or appointments. With “smart tips”, the app learns personal preferences such as frequent destinations and can issue appointment reminders. A wide range of other functions are already available at launch of the SEAT ConnectApp, with regular updates scheduled to maintain currency going forward.

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