- Spanish firm revises popular city car for 2015
- New efficient engines available
- Will arrive in the UK in the Autumn
SEAT has unveiled a new version of its popular Ibiza city car which introduces revised engines, additional safety systems and the latest connectivity kit.
Like before, the new Ibiza will be available in five-door hatchback, three-door SC and ST (estate) forms, and is set to rival the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Skoda Fabia and Vauxhall Corsa.
Improved comfort and economy
From the outside very little has changed for the Ibiza. Highlights include new headlights with LED daytime running lights, new 16- and 17-inch alloy wheel designs and two new paint colours: Moonstone Silver and Chilli Red.
Under the bonnet is where the big changes are, with a range of revised petrol and diesel engines available from launch.
The entry-level three-cylinder 1-litre petrol engine comes with a choice of 74bhp and 93bhp or you can opt for the 108bhp turbocharged option. The best performing petrol engine when it comes to running costs is the 1-litre Eco TSI Ecomotive with 93bhp which offers combined fuel economy of 68.9 mpg and CO2 emissions of only 94g/km meaning a 13 percent BIK tax band for the current tax year.
Completing the petrol engine line up is a four-cylinder 1.4-litre Eco TSI with active cylinder management as seen elsewhere on other VW Group cars. It offers more power than before with 147bhp and torque of 250Nm, while also offering impressive combined fuel consumption of 58.9 mpg.
All engines meet the latest EU6 emissions standards. The best of the bunch when it comes it CO2 emissions is the 1.4-litre TDI with CO2 output of only 88g/km slotting into a 16 percent BIK tax band for the current 2015/16 year. Fuel economy across the diesel range is very good, with all options apparently achieving 74.3 mpg or more on the combined cycle.
The 1-litre 108bhp petrol option and the 1.4-litre 89bhp diesel are both available with VW’s famous dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) plus a start/stop system is now available across all new-generation SEAT Ibizas.
It’s not just the engines which have been revised in the latest Ibiza, though. A speed-sensitive electric steering system also makes its debut plus springs, dampers and anti-roll bars have all been re-tuned to improve driver engagement and comfort. The optional SEAT Drive Profile offers adaptive damping with two modes – comfort or sport.
New technology as standard
From launch you will be able to spec the Ibiza in three trims: S, SE and FR. In entry-level trim standard kit includes central locking, a CD stereo system and split folding rear seats. Moving up to SE includes air-con and a colour touchscreen as standard. The sporty Ibiza FR offers unique alloy wheels and cruise control.
The second generation of the Spanish firm's Easy Connect infotainment system makes an appearance in the new Ibiza too and can be enhanced to include MirrorLink which provides smartphone integration into the car's infotainment system.
A number of new safety systems will also be available from launch including a new fatigue detection system and Multi-CollisionBrake, which applies the brakes and hazard lights if the airbags are deployed.
The new Ibiza is set to go on sale in the Autumn with pricing details yet to be announced.