Seat’s new fifth-generation Ibiza supermini has a lot of things going for it. For starters, it’s the very first car to get the VW Group’s all-new lightweight MQB A0 small car platform that introduces new tech. It also has a roomier interior and more kit than before.
But it has a very difficult task ahead of it, as it competes in Europe’s heavily packed sub-compact category.
This segment may have only grown by 3% in 2016, but it was still Europe’s largest last year, and by a considerable margin. In terms of sales, the top 5 most popular models were the Renault Clio, VW Polo, Ford Fiesta, Opel/Vauxhall Corsa and the Peugeot 208.
The Ibiza? Nowhere near the top. According to Carsalesbase, it was just the 10th best-selling model in its class through 2016, which might very well change with the arrival of this new-generation model.
Reviewed here by Carwow’s Mat Watson, the 2017 Seat Ibiza sounds like a solid purchase right off the bat. According to the review, it has its good looks, a plethora of tech, comfort and performance on its side – and that’s pretty much all you can ask for in a car this size. Well, that and a really good price.
He also suggests you go with 4-cylinder engines over the new 3-cylinder unit (due to vibrations and noise), and argues that the all-new VW Polo will definitely have a better built interior than the Ibiza.