Seat releases updated Ibiza supermini
Seat has unveiled an updated version of its popular small car, the Ibiza, which will be in UK showrooms from August 2015.
The new car receives updated engines, a new media system with smartphone connectivity, improved comfort levels, greater personalisation options and extra equipment, making it much more competitive against the tranche of rivals that have been launched since this generation of the Ibiza arrived in 2008.
With styling being one of the Ibiza's strong points, Seat hasn't changed much on the outside, though the new car gains LED daytime running lights, new colour schemes and newly-designed 16 and 17-inch alloy wheels. As before, the Ibiza will be available as the three-door SC model, as a five-door hatchback and in ST estate form. Seat has also increased the number of personalisation options available, with bright air vent surrounds, contrasting wing mirror shades, coloured wheels and trim on the front grille now available, letting buyers specify their car to suit their tastes.
The new Easy Connect media system comes with the option of MirrorLink, which allows a direct connection between the media system and owners' phones, for safe access on the move. New safety kit also features on the Ibiza, including a tiredness recognition system, which warns drivers when they are getting tired and a collision system, that applies the brakes to stop the car, should a crash occur and activates the hazard lights.
The Ibiza receives updated motors too, from a 74bhp 1.0-litre petrol to turbocharged 94bhp and 109bhp versions and a powerful 148bhp petrol model, which returns impressive claimed fuel economy of 58.9mpg. The 94bhp version, meanwhile, returns even stronger economy of 68.9mpg, plus low enough CO2 emissions to warrant free car tax. Several diesel models are also available, boasting 74bhp to 104bhp, which are capable of up to 83.1mpg claimed economy.
Seat has updated the Ibiza's suspension, too, to boost comfort and roadholding. Meanwhile, an optional Drive Profile system lets drivers choose between a comfort-oriented drive or sharper handling.