First Impressions Behind The Wheel Of Seat’s New Ibiza

Unveiled earlier this year before making it’s world premiere at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March, the new Seat Ibiza just had its press launch in Barcelona, Spain.

This means we get to see the Spanish brand’s rival to the popular Renault Clio and Ford Fiesta, in the first real-world test drives in the hands of automotive journos, including the likes of AutoExpress and WhatCar.

Naturally, the focus is on the new 1.5-liter TSI petrol engine that churns out 147hp in the FR, which provides a very close hot-hatch feel and will serve as the most potent offering until the Cupra arrives.

However, the 1.0-liter three-cylinder unit, available with either 93hp or 113hp, seems to be an interesting choice too. Even if it remains pretty much the same as in the previous Ibiza, it has been refined and is now quieter and smoother.

The ride is said to be composed, no matter what version is selected, although the FR does feel a bit stiffer. 

Moreover, soundproofing has been improved, thus making the cabin quieter, but the wind noise hasn’t disappeared completely from the picture.

Seat already opened the order books for the new Ibiza in selected European markets, some two months before the first deliveries start. But if you’re looking at the 1.5 TSI, then you should wait a bit before making a deposit, as this will become available later on.

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  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    I suppose it’s a fairly handsome car by modern standards but VAG cars make me feel short changed.
    Same car, different suit.
    Oh wait! They’ve altered the dampers and springs so it will be totally different….

    • Vassilis

      That’s not quite true. Many VAG cars that are almost identical under the skin are different on the road. The Golf R and the S3 are great examples. It’s basically the same car but the Golf is more fun.

    • Un Tipo Serio

      I like the overall, but I actually find the interior the same boring as Skoda, or worse. Cmon, its supposed to be sporty! Previous gen interior was more original… even 2 gens ago was.

  • MultiKdizzle

    I like this design theme more than any other VW Group product.

    • Infinite1

      I have to admit that I like the design language of Ibiza’s lineup.

    • Un Tipo Serio

      Another one here!

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