New Seat Ibiza Is More Engaging But Not As Refined As The VW Polo

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.

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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?


  • Bash

    Cool, nice car and all. Whereas at the end of the day, just go ahead and hand me the keys to the Polo.

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    Why can’t SEAT have a standalone model instead of a laughable spin-off brand? Oh yeah, because Volkswagen Group’s current plant is to emulate British Leyland meaning things at SEAT are becoming as dull as dishwater.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Their group heirarchy also means that you won’t get a plush version for fear of being a better value Polo.

      • designer_dick

        That argument doesn’t really hold much water, as the Volkswagen T-Roc also has an interior featuring exclusively hard plastics, and it can’t use being built down to a price as an excuse when it costs from £19,270.

        • Loquacious Borborygmus

          Yes it does. It just means that you get cheap looking/feeling VWs as well. It doesn’t mean you cannot get plush versions too. SEAT & Skoda don’t get that luxury (excuse the pun).

  • Domjan

    New Polo have puny 1.0lt engine in South Africa. We need a 1.4 or 1.5lt turbocharged engine.

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