- 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.
Is the SEAT Ibiza roomy enough for the family?
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.
- 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.