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Equipment

4.3 out of 5 4.3
  • All Ibizas come with decent haul of kit
  • Just steer clear of entry-level S
  • Top-spec models can be packed with gadgets

The SEAT Ibiza is much easier to navigate than something like the Ford Fiesta or Vauxhall Corsa, consisting of just four trim levels: S, SE, FR and XCellence.

Standard SEAT Ibiza hatchback equipment

Things kick off with the Ibiza S, available with:

Step up to best-selling SE for the following:

  • 15-inch alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights with cornering function
  • LED daytime running lights and tail lights
  • Body coloured door handles and mirror casings
  • 5.0-inch colour touchscreen for infotainment system
  • Leather steering wheel, gearknob and handbrake
  • 60:40 split-folding rear seats

The Ibiza FR builds on this with:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • FR-specific front and rear bumpers with twin exhaust pipes and privacy glass
  • Gloss black door mirrors that fold electrically
  • 8.0-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav, Full Link featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, voice control and DAB radio
  • SEAT Drive Profile – switchable drive modes
  • Sports seats and flat-bottomed steering wheel
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Automatic wipers
  • Cruise control

Top-spec Ibiza XCellence comes with a generous amount of kit, building on SE and FR with:

Optional SEAT Ibiza hatchback extras

A selection of different alloy wheel designs can be added to various Ibiza models, while there are some attractive metallic paint options to choose from at extra cost.

An appealing option are the full LED headlamps with distinctive LED daytime running light signature for the outside, as well as LED interior lighting to continue the theme, while different seats can be added inside, as well as a panoramic sunroof.

In terms of technology, the Full Link system can be added to SE models, but only if you also go for the navigation system, while there’s an upgraded Beats sound system available on all but entry-level trims.

Wireless phone charging – called the Connectivity Hub – is also available, plus it boosts phone signal in the car. This is the kind of thing to appeal to company car drivers in particular, as is cruise control. Spend a bit more money and adaptive cruise control is also available.

Finally, convenient features like parking sensors and cameras can be specified, as well a Storage Pack which adds a variable-height boot floor and drawers under the front seats. Useful things to make driving easier are also found on the options list, like the Convenience Pack which includes automatic lights and wipers and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the SEAT Ibiza Hatchback.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Audio remote
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Telephone
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

FR equipment

FR standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
FR optional equipment
None available

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Steel wheels
S optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
SE optional equipment
None available

Xcellence equipment

Xcellence standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
Xcellence optional equipment
None available

Safety

4.5 out of 5 4.5
  • Plenty of safety equipment as standard
  • Five stars from Euro NCAP
  • Extra assistance tech can be added

Euro NCAP has awarded the SEAT Ibiza with a top five-star rating. As standard, it comes with a suite of airbags, electronic stability control and emergency brake assist, tyre pressure monitoring, hill hold control and Front Assist, SEAT’s name for autonomous emergency braking.

There’s also a multi-collision braking system which holds on the brakes in the event of a rear-end impact, while automatic warning lights flash under hard braking or an incident.

Few safety extras can be added other than adaptive cruise control, so you won’t be able to specify things like blindspot monitoring and lane-departure warning like you can on something like the Ford Fiesta or Citroen C3.

Interior & boot space

4.1 out of 5 4.1
  • Surprisingly spacious inside the Ibiza
  • Flexible, well-shaped boot
  • Not the brightest interior, though

The Ibiza is ever so slightly shorter than the car it replaced, but thanks to an increase in the length of the wheelbase, there’s a noticeable amount of extra space in the cabin. That’s also down to a wider body than the old car, as well as wider seats.

There’s enough space for four adults to fit in comfort, with a generous amount of headroom unless you’re really tall. Most will be perfectly comfortable, though, however a passenger in the middle seat might feel the squeeze slightly. Best left for the kids, that one.

It’s easy to access due to the five-door body style. There’s decreasing demand for three-door superminis, so the Ibiza is only available in this form, which is useful for small families regularly using the rear doors.

Even opting for the sunroof doesn’t eat into roof space, plus it adds some extra light into the cabin, which is very welcome, as the interior can feel quite dark.

The boot is a generous 355 litres, which is more generous than almost all of its rivals. Higher-spec models come with a variable-height boot floor as well, to add some extra flexibility. In terms of extra storage, there are big door bins, plenty of cup holders and some neat areas to store bits and bobs. It’s impressive for such a small car.

Folding the rear seats down is easy, expanding the overall load capacity of the Ibiza to 823 litres.

The Ibiza is a compact car, so very few drivers will feel daunted by its size. On the road, it’s very easy to place with good visibility, while parking is easy as well due to flat sides and plenty of windows.

Parking sensors and cameras can be added to help manoeuvrability, but with light steering and short overhangs, it’s very easy to judge the size of the Ibiza when parking in tight spots.

Boot space is a very generous 355 litres, which can be expanded to 823 litres by folding the rear seats down.

With the seats up, that boot space is actually more than a Mk5 VW Golf offered, which shows how much cars are growing up. It’s a square and usable size, though, however the loading lip is quite high.

The height can be adjusted on cars fitted with a variable boot floor, which gives a level loading area when the rear seats are folded down.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the SEAT Ibiza Hatchback compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Ford Fiesta Hatchback 721 litres
SEAT Ibiza Hatchback 355 litres
Volkswagen Polo Hatchback (09-17) 280 litres
Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback 280 litres

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