The latest Seat Ibiza was the first model to be based on VW Group’s MQB A0 platform, as it was launched a few months before the new Volkswagen Polo which is built on the same underpinnings.
In their review of the supermini, CarWow pointed out some of its weak points, such as soundproofing, bumpy ride and some cheap plastics inside, compared to its German “cousin”.
Also, not choosing the top-of-the-line model means having to live with manual rear windows and no armrest between the front seats. But that’s not that bad, because despite the conservative-looking interior and lack of lumbar support at the front, the new Ibiza is actually a good car.
It has very good rear legroom and headroom for a car in this segment, plenty of room in the boot and lots of storage spaces. The infotainment system in the FR trim level is very intuitive, and gets a sat-nav, if you don’t want to use your Android or Apple mobile phone.
Surprisingly, the Ibiza has been allowed to shine in a department in which the VW Polo doesn’t: the steering. This means that it will corner better with the sporty suspension, at the cost of a harsher ride. Still, if attacking corners in a supermini is your thing, then perhaps you’re better off with the Ford Fiesta.
There’s no denying that the Ibiza has been built down to a price, and this is noticeable in many departments. But, given that it has some strong points, too, should you consider it over its main rivals?