Two of Seat's props are in indisputably fine fettle; the third, not so much.
The manufacturer may well have shifted 5.4 million superminis since 1984, but the outgoing Seat Ibiza – launched in 2008 – didn’t age nearly as well as Ford’s timeless Fiesta. By the time the Mazda 2 and third-generation Mini were launched in 2014, the Ibiza barely featured in our segment reckoning.
A ground-up rethink was required, and, true to form, that’s what Seat claims to have delivered with this, the fifth generation of the Seat Ibiza.
Naturally, the groundwork has all been done by long-term Volkswagen Group strategy, as manifested in the roll-out of the all-new platform on which the new car sits.
The not-at-all catchily named MQB A0 architecture is a smaller derivative of the firm’s ubiquitous mid-sized underpinnings and it is set to be the defining component in a raft of forthcoming models, not least the all-important Seat Arona CUV.
At least as important is an overhauled engine line-up. The previous Ibiza was the recipient of nearly 20 petrol and diesel motors in its lifetime, but none was deemed fit to be carried over. Instead, a trio of three-cylinder units constitute the new range, a new 1.5-litre four-pot, and a couple of 1.6 TDIs round off the list.