The first pictures of the all-new Seat Ibiza range have been released
12 January 2012

Seat has released the first official pictures of the Seat Ibiza facelift ahead of the model’s motor show debut at Geneva in March. It gets refreshed styling inside and out, and a revised engine line-up. Seat chief James Muir says the revised Ibiza is key to Seat’s future growth, particularly in China.

The Ibiza, available in three-door SC, five-door hatchback and five-door ST estate bodystyles, sports a similar front-end to Seat’s three most recent concepts, the IBE, IBX and IBL. This new styling direction is expected to evolve further in the all-new Leon, which is also slated in for a 2012 launch.

It gets a new, more angular honeycomb trapezoidal grille, a wider lower air intake and a new front bumper that further emphasis its wide, low stance. ‘Edgy’ new headlights complete the front-end revisions. At the rear, the Ibiza gets a new bumper and the angular ‘character’ lines on the sides are retained. Alloy wheels are offered between 15 and 17 inches in size, and include several new designs.

Inside, the new Ibiza features higher-quality materials and a greater choice of trims and colour options. There’s also a new climate control system and instrument binnacle.

But the chief change inside will be the addition of a new portable media system. Believed to be similar to the system in the new Volkswagen Up and sister cars, which includes the Seat Mii, the touchscreen device controls everything from the sat-nav to a hands-free mobile. The system is removable and fully integrates into the cabin when in the car.

Petrol engines include a 59bhp 1.2, a 104bhp 1.2 TSI and a 148bhp 1.4 TSI. Seat has confirmed the potent Ibiza Cupra will be replaced later this year, and its likely to retain the same 178bhp 1.4 TSI unit of the current car.

Diesel engines on offer are a super-frugal 74bhp 1.2 TDI, which returns 83.1mpg and has an impressively low CO2 rating of 89g/km, and a more potent 141bhp 2.0 TDI unit.

Transmissions include five- and six-speed manuals, and a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch auto’.

Our Verdict

Seat Ibiza
The Seat Ibiza is the marque's biggest-selling model, and with good reason

The Seat Ibiza is good looking, well-priced and spacious supermini that doesn’t quite live up to Seat’s sporty image

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12 January 2012

I'm surprised it's a facelift and not an all-new model. Are the Ibiza and Fabia based on the old Polo platform - therefore the expectation would be an all-new model soon based on the new platform? Maybe I'm wrong...

If I'm right (rare) then Seat had better be worried about their position in the VAG group.

12 January 2012

Checked things out - I was wrong. Only the Fabia on the old platform. See, I'm rarely right...

12 January 2012

I have to admit i have a very soft sport for SEAT having previosuly sold them, but imo they have clearly last their way within the VAG group.

They were always promoted as the 'sporty' brand but producing cars like the EXEO, TOLEDO, ALTEA, ALTEA XL and now IBIZA ST, how are they sporty?

When they get it right, they get it bang on ( IBIZA CURPA, LEON FR/CUPRA ) , but i feel this new IBIZA just isnt going to cut it, let alone the prices quoted.

A mild improvement but for me, i'd still go for one of the old shape IBIZA CUPRA'S.

12 January 2012

I always thought this model was strangely "over headlighted" in its current form so this new front end is a sure improvement.

SEAT is now out in the cold as far as brand identity is concerned and rebadged VW`s and Audi`s aint gonna help its cause.

12 January 2012

Really don't understand VW's rationale re SEAT?????

Instead of worrying that SEAT is a source of rival models for in-house brands, surely VW should be creating a range of cars with 'Latin-style flair' plus perceived German-type build-quality to rival Alfa and Fiat? End of story.

Instead, VW hobbles SEAT's current Cupras so they can't perform as well as VW GTIs and the Golf R, and devalues the brand with cabins swathed in acres of silver-painted low-grade plastic and an obsolete Audi A4 in drag. Dur!

12 January 2012

I think it has made the front of this car look a little more bland and the picture of the three door almost could be mistaken for a Mazda 2.

I can see the visual links to the Mii though but it certainly doesn't make the Ibiza stand out any more than it did.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

12 January 2012

The new front reminds me of a Lexus.

About time they replaced the Leon too. I had one as a company year 2 years back and it was awful. The dash especially.

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12 January 2012

Well i hope they fix the on/off brakes, the weak clutch (doesn't like reversing up inclines),looks aren't enough you know!

Peter Cavellini.

12 January 2012

Kia C'eed facelift anyone?

12 January 2012

Shame there's no pics of the revamped interior, as I think its a particular weak point of the Ibiza, especially the excessive use of silver paint, as mentioned above.

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