2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 15:44
Seat has chased its bestseller Ibiza through the beauty salon and gym. With a refreshed look and a wide range of engines, it should keep buyers happy until a successor arrives.
By Sebastian Viehmann
The Ibiza is Seat's most important car on the German market. Almost every second Seat sold in this country bears the name of the party island. When the little Spaniard was redesigned, an attractive exterior was at the top of the list. With the new bumpers, the sleek grill, the elegantly curved double headlights and the colorful cat-eye taillights, the Ibiza looks a bit sportier than before. However, not much has changed. Inside, the Ibiza has been given new materials for cladding and fittings that leave a more pleasant impression. The steering wheel with remote control buttons for the audio system is new.
The cockpit is functional and clearly structured. However, both the light switch and the ventilation controls with their tiny knobs are located very far down - you have to act according to your feelings while driving. The button for the heated rear window is so dimly lit that in daylight you can hardly see whether the heater is working or not. The space at the front is generous, the seats offer good lateral support. In the back seats, the Ibiza is much more stingy. Both head and knee room are not exactly generous in the rear. Driver, passenger and side airbags at the front ensure safety, while head airbags cost extra.
The automatic door locking, which is now standard in many European cars, is practical. As soon as it rolls, the Ibiza is a lot of fun. The body is clear and can also be seen from the rear through the small triangular windows in the C-pillar. The steering is pleasantly direct. Another nice thing is the crisp and precise five-speed gearshift, which contributes significantly to driving enjoyment.
ESP only standard in top models
The chassis is already quite tight in its set-up. This ensures good cornering, but also compromises in comfort on bumpy roads and bumps. The Spaniard can be shooed through the curves with mild understeer. ESP with traction control and anti-slip regulation is available at an additional cost. Unfortunately, only the top models FR and Cupra ESP come as standard. All-round disc brakes are only available as standard from 100 hp, weaker Ibizas have to be content with drum brakes at the rear.
With the 1.4-liter 16-V engine and its 75 hp, the Ibiza is well motorized. The four-cylinder with its torque of 126 Nm wants to be brought up to speed so that it goes ahead quickly. 100 km / h are reached after 13.2 seconds, the top speed is 173 km / h. The noise insulation is good for a vehicle of this class; at high speeds, the wind is more dominant than the engine noise. At the gas station, the 75 hp Spaniard wants to be fed an average of 6.6 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, while in town he allows himself 8.7 liters.
Large range of engines
The sporty body and agile chassis of the Ibiza, however, crave more power under the hood. In addition to the 75 hp engine - depending on the model variant - there are three more powerful four-cylinders with 100, 150 and 180 hp available. Anyone who has chosen “The way is the goal” as their motto can be content with an economical 1.2-liter 12 V and 64 tired horses. The diesel range extends from the 1.4-liter three-cylinder with 70 hp through 80, 100 and 130 hp versions to the 1.9-liter TDI with 160 hp.
The most powerful petrol and diesel are only available for the top model Cupra, the second most powerful only for the FR. In both versions, the Ibiza is a real poison dwarf, with the 160 PS TDI the driver even has to bring 330 Nm torque to the road in a controlled manner. With an unladen weight of 1.2 tons, this ensures impressive performance. The large diesel engines are linked with a six-speed gearbox as standard. All engines meet the Euro 4 standard.
High loading sill
The trunk swallows 267 liters (up to 960 liters with the rear seat folded down), which is class average. The high loading sill is uncomfortable. In terms of price, the Ibiza trip starts with the 1.2-liter four-cylinder with 64 hp, three doors and the meager reference equipment for 11,990 euros. Then the Seat Ibiza does not have any niceties worth mentioning apart from ABS, central locking, front electric windows and a 12V socket.
With 75 hp and the better Comfort equipment, the price is 12,490 euros. The comfort package includes electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, steering wheel with remote control buttons, air conditioning, audio system with CD, cruise control and fog lights. A navigation system, sunroof and xenon headlights are available at an additional cost.