Subtle new styling and fully connected tech for new SEAT Ibiza
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Subtle new styling and fully connected tech for new SEAT Ibiza

SEAT has treated its Ibiza supermini to an interior ‘revolution’ as well as an exterior makeover for 2021. 

And with LED headlights, a 9.2-inch infotainment system and lots of new driver assistance tech, leasing an Ibiza is more attractive than ever before.

The Ibiza was first introduced in 1984 and after 37 years, five generations and nearly six million sales, it’s SEAT’s most successful vehicle to ever roll off the production line.

It’s certainly a match for the Volkswagen Polo, Ford Fiesta and the Skoda Fabia - particularly when it comes to the styling and youthful ‘fun’ factor.

So what do these new changes really mean?

When it comes to the exterior, SEAT says the Ibiza has a fresh ‘face’ - by which they mean LED headlights - mid-range FR models get the full LED treatment - as well as a new two-tone chrome and matte badge.

The Ibiza’s side profile maintains its short overhangs, with wheels pushed out to the four corners of the vehicle, which gives the Ibiza some nimble driving dynamics.

Meanwhile there’s also three new alloy wheel designs, including an 18 inch option for FR Sport models, as well as two new paint jobs to choose from - ‘Sapphire Blue’ and ‘Asphalt Blue’.

While the changes on the outside are pretty subtle, it’s the interior that’s been properly overhauled.

Even base ‘SE’ variants now come with an 8.25 inch infotainment screen and if you move up a notch to ‘SE Technology’ the screen jumps in size again to 9.2 inches. That screen is also positioned higher in the cabin, closer to the driver’s eyeline, so you can still keep your peepers on the road.

There’s a new soft dashboard, as well as an ergonomic, multifunction Nappa leather steering wheel while there’s also interior lighting to boost refinement in the cabin.

When it comes to connectivity, lease customers get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and there’s two USB ports in the front.

And SEAT has also boosted the driver assistance tech on offer. Depending on which model you go for, you can enjoy ‘Travel Assist’, which offers semi-autonomous driving so that the vehicle can change its cruise speed with the flow of traffic, or ‘Lane Assist’, which ensures the Ibiza is always centred in the lane.

There’s also ‘Traffic Sign Recognition’ and blind-spot helping ‘Side Assist’, too, which uses front and rear-facing radars to stop you coming a cropper.

Boot space in the Ibiza remains class leading, with 355 litres compared with the Fiesta’s 290 litres or the Polo’s 351 litres.

Under the bonnet, the new SEAT Ibiza will offer a trio of punchy three-cylinder petrol powertrains, with power of either 80PS, 95PS and 110PS.

The latter of that threesome has torque of 200Nm and can be had with either a six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission.

While we’re at it, we should also point out that the SEAT Arona crossover has also been given a minor update for 2021, with a new front bumper and grille as well as repositioned fog-lights.

And the Arona also gets all of the interior goodies now available with the Ibiza.

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Friday, 17/05/2024