A fresh generation for the popular Spanish hatchback

First put into production in 1984, the Ibiza is one of Seat’s most successful models. In the 33 years it’s been on the market, the Spanish automaker has managed to move as many as 5.4 million examples of the Ibiza. That’s an impressive number, with a total of four generations coming and going over the years. Now, there’s a new fifth generation, which saw a debut earlier this year at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show following a reveal at the island that provided the car’s namesake, Ibiza, off the eastern coast of Spain. This refreshed entry in the supermini segment sees improvements across the board and was created in order to offer customers higher levels of safety, a fresh aesthetic, greater performance, and more comfort as well. Both gas and diesel powerplants are available, while a seven-speed automatic transmission and the latest smartphone support are on the table as well. Under the skin is a brand new platform, courtesy of Seat’s parent company, Volkswagen Auto Group.

Of course, as one of Seat’s most popular models, the trick is to add to what’s already there without taking away anything from the outgoing model. As such, the question is this – does the new Ibiza have the same spark as the old? Read on to find out.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Seat Ibiza.

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Exterior

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Seat is offering the Ibiza exclusively in a five-door body style, but says the exterior design was created in order to mimic that of a sportier three-door, as well as offer “an edgier, sportier design, featuring more sculpted, accentuated and streamlined surfaces.”

Overall, we think the brand succeeded in that regard. Looks good, no?

Seat is offering the Ibiza exclusively in a five-door body style, but says the exterior design was created in order to mimic that of a sportier three-door.

In front, we find two prominent character lines drawn across the hood, adding some visual beef to the front end. The fascia utilizes an x-shaped design, with lots of angles throughout. The profile reveals short overhangs in front and back, plus additional character lines that enhance the car’s natural forward lean. We really like the shoulder line and lower character line, as both lead the eye rearwards and into the rear fenders. Further into the tail, we find the taillights wrap around into the flanks. The tail also incorporates similar triangular designs for the taillight housings, mirroring the front end once again with an x-shaped design layout.

Further design elements are offered as unique bits per trim level. These include sportier elements (blacked-out trim, etc.), or a more premium appearance (chrome trim, etc.). Wheel sizing up to 18 inches, with two different colors to choose from.

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Further design elements are offered as unique bits per trim level. These include sportier elements with blacked-out trim, or a more premium appearance with chrome trim.

The new-generation Ibiza also gets revisions to the exterior dimensions. These include a wider body, with as much as 87 mm (3.4 inches) added. Meanwhile, the overall length was slightly decreased, losing just 2 mm (0.08 inches), plus there was 1-mm reduction to the vehicle height as well. Under the body panels, you’ll find the track was increased by 60 mm (2.4 inches) in front and 48 mm (1.9 inches) in the rear. Wheelbase is now measured at 2,564 mm (100.9 inches), which is 95 mm (3.7 inches more than the previous generation.

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The new-generation Ibiza also gets revisions to the exterior dimensions.

These new dimensions and the overall styling changed are meant to give the car a “powerful image of a car that hugs the ground.”

Finally, the new Ibiza gets full LED lighting for the headlights, indicators, and rear fog lights, plus the traditional triangular housings and daytime running light graphics.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (Inches) 100.9
Length (Inches) 159.8
Width (Inches) 70.07
Height (Inches) 56.85

Interior

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Step into the cabin of the Seat Ibiza, and you’re met with a somewhat simplified, yet elegant interior layout. The overarching design scheme draws similarities to the Leon and Ateca, but with “more tension, more technical and precise lines and lighter proportions”

Updates for the generation include new materials for a heightened sense of premium feel, as well as an emphasis on horizontal lines. The layout is driver-focused, with the various controls on the center console angled towards the hot seat.

Updates for the generation include new materials for a heightened sense of premium feel, as well as an emphasis on horizontal lines

A variety of customization options are offered, while a new Air Car filter handles the interior circulating air.

What’s more, the Seat Ibiza now offers a larger, roomier interior, mostly thanks to the new exterior dimensions previously discussed. For example, rear legroom saw a bump of 35 mm (1.4 inches), while there is 24 mm (0.9 inches) of extra headroom in front and 17 mm (0.6 inches) of extra headroom in the rear. The seats are now 42 mm (1.7 inches) wider as well. Cargo space saw an increase of 63 liters (2.2 cubic feet), up to a total of 355 liters (12.5 cubic feet), a figure Seat claims as best in class. Complementing the extra rear room is a lower load height.

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The Seat Ibiza now offers a larger, roomier interior, mostly thanks to the new exterior dimensions.

Seat also says it improved the NVH levels substantially, although the automaker failed to provide exact specifications on this.

In terms of ambient lighting, both red and white LEDs were added to select trim levels. Seat says this isn’t just an improvement to the aesthetics, but should help reduce power draw as well, and thus improve fuel mileage, although we’re not sure how many more miles you’ll get by swapping the interior lights for LEDs. The headlights and taillights will have a much bigger impact in that regard.

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The Seat Ibiza gets new driving assists, several of which were originally introduced on the Seat Leon and Seat Ateca, such as Front Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Keyless Entry.

And of course, like any new vehicle, having the latest and greatest technology is a must. To that end, the Seat Ibiza gets new driving assists, several of which were originally introduced on the Seat Leon and Seat Ateca. These new features include stuff like Front Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Keyless Entry (plus a “heartbeat engine starter”), new front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

Providing inputs is a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen, while a wireless charger for your smartphone keeps it in the green. Support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Mirror Link are on board.

Finally, Seat partnered with Beats Audio for the stereo system, which includes a digital signal processor, seven speakers, and an eight-channel 300-watt amplifier.

Drivetrain

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For motivation, the Seat Ibiza is offered with a full line of Euro 6-compliant engine options. Kicking things off is three gas engines to choose from, each offering aluminum construction for reduced weight. Kicking it off is a 1.0-liter three-cylinder TSI, which can be had in two states of tune, with either 95 or 115 horsepower. Features for the gas engine include turbocharged induction, an intercooler, and fuel injection. Heading the list of gas-engines is an Evo 1.5-liter TSI four-cylinder making 150 horsepower, which will be available later in 2017.

Heading the list of gas-engines is an Evo 1.5-liter TSI four-cylinder making 150 horsepower. A variety of diesels are also on the table.

A variety of diesels are also on the table, and include a 1.6-liter TDI in both a 80-horsepower and 95-horsepower variant.

Transmission options include a manual five-speed, which is offered on engines with 95 horsepower and below, plus a six-speed for those engines with more than 95 horses. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is also offered.

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Some of the bigger news is that the fifth-generation Seat Ibiza is the first model from the Volkswagen Group to utilize the new MQB A0 platform.

Some of the bigger news is that the fifth-generation Seat Ibiza was built on the new Volkswagen MQB A0 platform. In fact, the Ibiza is the first model from the Volkswagen Group to utilize the platform. The upgraded bones increase torsional rigidity by as much as 30 percent, which helps to improve ride quality and handling performance.

Further features include additional “hot formed” components for the construction, plus spot welding and laser technology, all of which work together to reduce overall weight and increasing torsional rigidity even further.

Prices

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The new fifth-generation Seat Ibiza is available in U.K. dealers now. Buyers can have it in three separate trim levels. Starting off the line is the S, followed by the SE, FR, and finally headed by the new XCellence trim level.

Those looking for a sharper, sportier appearance are encouraged to check out the FR, which gets a unique rear diffuser, black styling updates to the bumper and various body panels, and a stiffer sport suspension set-up. The FR also includes four driving modes, such as Comfort, Eco, Sport, and Individual.

Pricing starts at 13,130 pounds.

Competition

Mini Cooper

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If you want customizable style in a fun, affordable package, the Mini is the way to go. A plethora of drivetrain options are on the table, although anyone looking for an alternative to the Ibiza will likely go for the lower trim three-cylinder models. However, if you’ve got some extra coin to spend, the more expensive 2.0-liter models will offer a bigger bang.

Read our full review on the Mini Cooper.

Ford Fiesta

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Ford knows what it’s doing when it comes to offering fun hatchbacks, and the Fiesta is definitely one of the best. The number of drivetrain options and specs is mind boggling, many of which offer some pretty entertaining performance. The suspension was also tuned for nippy handling, although the interior spec leaves something to be desired.

Read our full review on the Ford Fiesta.

Conclusion

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As one of Seat’s most important models, this big generational changeover for the Ibiza is critical to the brand’s success. Overall, we like what we’re seeing. The car looks good, while the onboard technology is about where it needs to be. Performance-wise, we like the drivetrain specs here, with both efficient diesels and quicker gas-powered variants on the table.

Will it be enough to topple the other big names in the segment? So far, so good.

  • Leave it
    • * Lots of competition in the segment
    • * Interior looks a little bland
    • * Additional engine options would be nice

References

Seat Leon

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Read our full review on the 2017 Seat Leon.

Seat Ateca

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Read our full review on the 2016 Seat Ateca.

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Press Release

Ahead of its Geneva motor show world debut, SEAT has unveiled the All New SEAT Ibiza in Barcelona. The fifth-generation of the Spanish brand’s high-selling supermini comes loaded with the latest technology features, outstanding dynamics, and impressive improvements in interior space and comfort.

Destined for UK showrooms in July 2017, the latest Ibiza ushers in all-new styling while preserving the same youthful, functional, sporty and comfortable spirit as always. And it does so with a fresh design that reflects the latest SEAT distinctive character by continuing the brand’s DNA, but, with an edgier, sportier design, featuring more sculpted, accentuated and streamlined surfaces.

The All New SEAT Ibiza is a completely fresh model that was created with several very ambitious goals in mind: to move major steps forward in safety, design, performance and comfort. This huge advance in quality was achieved thanks to the new MQB A0 modular platform. The new SEAT Ibiza is the first Volkswagen Group model to use it, highlighting SEAT’s importance within the Group and offering countless advantages.

Launched in 1984 for the first time, the Ibiza has become a SEAT icon. This car has been around the longest in the history of the brand and is its top-selling model, with over 5.4 million units sold. The Ibiza is one of the brand’s three pillars, together with the Leon and Ateca, upon which SEAT will continue building its future success.

More compact, roomier, more efficient
The All New SEAT Ibiza has much improved interior roominess, plus, it is even safer and more robust. It is much wider by a notable 87mm, as well as two millimetres shorter and one lower than the previous model, but more than anything, the change in its dimensions conveys a powerful image of a car that hugs the ground.

The track is 60mm longer at the front axle and 48mm at the rear axle, while the distance between the axles is 2,564 millimetres, a 95mm increase. The result is a much more comfortable car, with the All New SEAT Ibiza being both roomier on the inside and larger on the outside. For example, leg room in the back seats has increased by 35mm, while head room has gone up by 24 mm in the front seats and 17mm in the rear. The seats are 42mm wider too, making the new SEAT Ibiza one of the best in its class in this area. The boot has also been enlarged by an impressive 63 litres, bringing its total capacity to 355 litres, making it best in class. The loading height has also been lowered, proof that SEAT knows how to combine design and functionality.

All of the engines available on the All New SEAT Ibiza comply with the Euro6 emissions standards and lead the way in performance, with outstanding features, durability and low emissions. There are three aluminium block and cylinder petrol engines to choose from. The first option is the three-cylinder 1.0 TSI with 95 or 115PS, along with a turbo-compressor, intercooler and direct injection. A new EVO 1.5 TSI unit will also be available in late 2017 with four cylinders and 150PS. Efficient 1.6 TDI diesel engines will come in 80 and 95PS guises in the UK. The gearboxes available are a manual five-speed transmission for the 95PS and lower engines and a six-speed transmission for the more powerful engines. A seven-speed dual-clutch DSG-auto gearbox will also be available.

The car’s dynamic behaviour, ride quality and driving comfort are exceptional, thanks to the new MQB A0 platform and 30% greater torsional stiffness. The All New SEAT Ibiza will be solely offered with five doors, with a new design offering the sportier look of a three-door model. There have also been substantial leaps forward in terms of noise control, vibrations and ride harshness, allowing the All New SEAT Ibiza to offer the quality of much larger and luxurious cars. It’s also agile in the city, efficient on B-roads roads and offers excellent comfort on longer journeys.

Four trim levels and the most advanced technology
The All New SEAT Ibiza will be offered in four trim levels at UK launch: S, SE, FR, plus, a new XCELLENCE version.

The FR trim comes with the most dynamic and technology focused equipment. Exclusive dynamic design elements have been specifically created for it such as a rear diffuser, exclusive front bumper and exterior black pack, plus, sport suspension. The FR trim includes a stiffer suspension and offers four mode settings, Comfort, Eco, Sport and Individual, to adapt to the driver’s preferences or to the conditions on the road. The XCELLENCE trim will also offer this possibility later on, with a softer setting.

The new XCELLENCE trim meanwhile has been designed to appeal to customers looking for comfort, elegance and intelligent technology.

The interior ambient LED lighting for the FR and XCELLENCE versions comes in two colours, red and white. The use of LED technology for the interior and exterior lights is not an aesthetic whim either, as the LEDs offer much higher quality lighting while saving energy, thus yielding improved fuel economy. The full LED lights on the All New Ibiza (headlights, dashboard, indicators and rear fog lights) are new in its class.

The driving assistance systems built into the All New Ibiza include elements that, while already present in Leon and Ateca, are quite unusual in this class. Among its highlights are Front Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Keyless Entry System with heartbeat engine start button, a new generation of front and rear parking sensors and a rear view camera with a higher quality and precision reflected in a premium eight-inch touchscreen.

On the inside, one of Ibiza’s most outstanding features is a wireless charger with GSM amplifier. In terms of connectivity, the All New Ibiza is also always on due to its seamless link up to Apple Car Play, Android Auto and Mirror Link. SEAT is committed to becoming a front runner in connected cars and developing new mobility solutions where the connected car enhances user experience, making it easier and more flexible. In an environment of disruptive changes, SEAT is eager to deal with the challenges posed by urban infrastructures, traffic systems and vehicles in cities, offering these technologies in most of its vehicles.

The New SEAT Ibiza presents a partnership with Beats audio sound system, a brand bringing energy, emotion and excitement that has changed the way people listen to music. It uses a digital signal processor (DSP), seven premium speakers and an eight-channel with 300W amplifier.

MQB A0 Platform
The latest technology from the Volkswagen Group, the MQB platform (Modular Quer Baukasten), allows higher manufacturing flexibility and robust implementation, as it supports different models. It also permits different body types within the same segment and different wheelbase configurations to be achieved from the same base platform. SEAT’s investments and R&D expenditure in recent years were partially allocated to adapt Line One at its Martorell factory to the new MQB A0 platform, allowing it to be the first Volkswagen Group brand to use this technology.

The number of parts using Hot-Forming technology has been increased, and that contributes to reduced weight and increased rigidity, therefore improving performance and fuel economy. All New Ibiza will be built using 900 robots and more than 4000 welding points to guarantee its robustness. Spot welding combined with laser technology bring components together with a great result: a lightweight body with extreme structural stiffness.

Design: the next step in SEAT’s DNA
After more than three decades on sale and its importance as SEAT’s key pillar, the fifth generation of the Ibiza has been a significant challenge in terms of design. It had to be fresh and young, and yet, mature and balanced too. And this is how the new SEAT Ibiza stands out straight away; its perfect proportions, strong character and agile look. Its characteristic SEAT brushstrokes have not just been maintained, but taken to the next level, pushing the evolution of SEAT’s design DNA. It just takes a glance to interpret what the designer sketched when creating it and see that this is the best design SEAT has ever come up with in the supermini segment.

At the front of the car, the triangular full LED headlights and daylight graphics make the new SEAT instantly recognisable. The badge is not only displayed proudly on the grille, but is also enhanced by two characterful lines on the bonnet. The x-shaped design gives great dynamism and visual stability.

The front and rear overhangs are very short, with the four wheels pushed out into the four corners All New Ibiza to make it stable, dynamic and sporty. The longer wheelbase and window outline accentuate the size of the new Ibiza, while the double blisters down the length of the car are typically SEAT, giving the car a more expressive, three-dimensional look. The bodywork has been carefully sculpted, combining sharp lines and smooth surfaces. Its new wheels, up to 18 inches in size and with two tones to choose from, give an elegant touch.

The rear of the car is also typical of the Ibiza. Its rear lights wrap around the car, interacting with the blisters at the rear, properly proportioned within a unique design and offering fantastic aerodynamic performance. The boot’s strong lines and bumpers make the car appear wide and give the car an almost monolithic look, while the rear reflectors appear to bring the car closer to the ground. The FR trim comes with details that bring out its sporty character, such as the exhaust tips either side of the rear bumper. The XCELLENCE versions receive chrome details that emphasise their sophistication and refinement.

In terms of the interior, the same design steps have been adopted as those in the SEAT Leon and Ateca, but this time with a new vision for its design language. More tension, more technical and precise lines and lighter proportions have all been added in order to achieve a more elegant look and a greater level of perceived quality, while new materials have managed to safeguard its youthful and dynamic character. Structurally, a special emphasis has been put on its horizontal proportions in the assembly of its different functional areas, including the elevated console to improve ergonomic performance and safety. The aim was to achieve perfect proportions and a greater sense of space and comfort.

All of the controls and instruments are focused around the driver in the highest position possible to avoid the driver having to take his or her eyes off the road. Just as with the New Leon and Ateca, the start button is in the same place, to the left of the gearbox. Looking at the high level of quality in each and every detail of the All New SEAT Ibiza, one cannot help but think of models in higher categories, from the innumerable personalisation possibilities to the choice interior LED lighting colour, without forgetting of course the onboard technology, such as the eight-inch touchscreen and Full Link connectivity system. The interior is protected by an Air Care filter that isolates the occupants from any type of allergens, creating a completely contaminant-free space.

Its exciting design, dynamic behaviour and driving quality, the feeling of stability and reliability on the road, vastly improved interior quality, incredibly safe and easy-to-use technology, roomier interior, all combine to make the All New SEAT Ibiza a really attractive option and of course, at the best price.

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