Live from the launch: Seat Ibiza ST

We're in Barcelona with Seat for the launch of the latest of its Ibiza range.

The brand has done its best to inject some flair and design into a range that is essentially a series of rebadged and repackaged Volkswagens, but today, we are here to drive one of the more sensible and practical of the Spanish brand's offering – the Ibiza ST (or the estate in layman's terms.)
So far we have done little other than drive past a fleet of cars parked outside the hotel – we are not due to get our hands on them until tomorrow and were ferried here from the airport in the finally-soon-to-be-replaced Alhambra.

Possibly knowing that the weather was due to be a bit iffy, Seat has laid on a selection of cars in, among other colours, a bright blue that stands out and looks decent despite the weather. That said, it is tricky to make an estate look genuinely attractive, and we're not convinced Seat has quite achieved it with the Ibiza ST.

It just looks a bit too bland for our liking, and the roof bars are a little too utilitarian for a brand that has done well to create a pair of good looking cars in the Ibiza and Leon – this is just a bit too boring.

The engine line-up is not exactly going to set hearts racing either – a 104bhp 1.6-litre and a 74bhp 1.2-litre diesel in normal and Ecomotive forms are joined by an 84bhp 1.4-litre petrol. The great little 1.2-litre TSI petrol engine with 104bhp completes the range, and is the one we are looking forward to trying the most tomorrow.
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