2019 Seat Ibiza Review

19 August 2019

The latest rendition of the Seat Ibiza is stylish, fun and surprisingly spacious. The Catalonian built hatch back has been at the forefront of the ‘supermini’ class for the past decade or so, but Seat have still managed to improve on their previous model.

Handling is one of the Ibiza’s best attributes; it’s light enough to perform tight, tricky manoeuvres in a restricted space, yet highly responsive on long winding roads. Due to it’s relatively low ride and shape, the Ibiza has very little body roll. Both the ride and brakes feel quite firm, although it’s still comfortable. The Ibiza’s wide side windows and thin rear pillars help with 360 visibility.

The 1.0 TSI 115 is very quiet and smooth, but most surprisingly, it’s very quick off the mark achieving 0-60 in 9.3 seconds and has a top speed of 121mph. The Ibiza boasts 48.7 mpg, which is just shy of the Ford Fiesta (50.4) and the VW Polo (49.6). The 1.0 TSI 115 produces 107g co2 k/m, although you can sacrifice some power and opt for the smaller the 1.0 TSI 95 petrol engine that produces 104g co2 K/m.

The interior is covered in mixture plush and hard premium plastic materials. Seat have used sharp and angular edges that all slope towards the Ibiza’s wide centre console. The touchscreen included on the FR model has eight simple and easy to use buttons that control your phone, navigation or music. You can also link your mobile phone to the touchscreen through Seat’s ‘Full Link’ system. The ‘Full Link’ system allows full mobile phone connectively through MirrorLinkTM, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We particularly liked the gloss black trim that runs along the dashboard of the car and the gloss black inserts found on the gearstick, steering wheel and doors. In 2018, Seat removed all optional extras from their models in favour of their ‘easy’ system. Seat UK director, Richard Harrison stated, “People find it really difficult to understand all the permutations and options when buying a new car. We realised it was time for a change”. Seat’s move to the ‘easy’ system has been met with positive feedback and makes ordering a brand new Seat swift and straightforward. Overall, the cabin is a pleasant place to be and the seats are comfortable enough for long motorway journeys.

Euro NCAP have given the Seat Ibiza a five-start safety rating, making it one of the safest superminis on the market. The new shape is shorter, lower and wider than the previous model, but there is still plenty of space in the front and back seats for anyone 6ft and over. The boot also offers an impressive 355 litre of space beating the utilitarian VW Polo and Ford Fiesta in this category.

It’s yet be known if Seat will release an electric or hybrid version of the Ibiza to join the growing list of upcoming electric supermini’s in its class like the Peugeot e-208, VW e-up, Honda E. The manufacturer are moving towards electrification, so it may be worth keeping an eye on seat upcoming models.

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