The majority of models in the subtly revised Seat Ibiza range have been reduced in price

The Seat Ibiza range has been revised, with the majority of models in the range receiving a price cut. The latest range will appear in showrooms next month.

Seat will offer the Ibiza ST in warm FR trim for the first time. The model will be offered with a choice of 105PS 1.2 or 150PS 1.4-litre petrol engine. A 105PS version of the VW Group’s 1.6 TDI and a 143PS 2.0 TDI will also be available.

The three-door Ibiza SC continues to be priced from £9995 on the road. The five-door range starts with the £11,430 1.2 70PS S A/C model. The entry-level ST model is £12,140.

The Ibiza S A/C, the core basic model of the range is £300 less than the outgoing S Copa edition on average. The SE model, which replaces the SE Copa, has been reduced by the same amount. FR models are up to £1100 less than before.

As before, five-door variants command a £500 premium over the three-door SC. ST models are another £710 more than the five-door.

The Ibiza also receives a range of model year revisions. The headlights are reshaped and include sculptural elements similar to those used in the Alhambra and Exeo. Optional bi-xenon lights include LED daytime running lights. The front grille is smaller, and all models adopt the lower grille previously reserved for FR and Cupra models. The rear lights have been restyled, and FR models gain LED lighting.

A redesigned steering wheel, a new climate control console and enlarged glovebox are key interior changes.

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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 March 2012

VAG would appear to be rapidly turning SEAT in to their budget brand.

A quick check on the price lists shows the £9995 on the road SC now under cuts Skoda's cheapest Fabia by £425 (although you could argue the Skoda is a five door).

With the perceived image of Skoda seemingly rising by the day and the failure of the management to turn SEAT in to a Spanish Alfa, I guess it may be the best route for the brand at the moment.

 

 

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

12 March 2012

[quote TegTypeR]nd the failure of the management to turn SEAT in to a Spanish Alfa,[/quote]

I'd argue that they've succeeded in this - both are unprofitable. PS - I did know what you meant, but couldn't resist Teg.

For me Seat's styling is a non-event, and that's why I wouldn't buy one. Also, I'm old enough to remember the crap holiday Seats I rented many moons ago, which is unfair of course.

12 March 2012

[quote Autocar]Seat will offer the Ibiza ST in warm FR trim for the first time.[/quote]

Why not in Cupra trim? Or Cupra Bocanegra trim. Skoda has offered a Fabia vRS estate for a while now, so surely SEAT could do the same with the Ibiza ST.

12 March 2012

[quote Pauldalg][quote TegTypeR]nd the failure of the management to turn SEAT in to a Spanish Alfa,[/quote]

I'd argue that they've succeeded in this - both are unprofitable. PS - I did know what you meant, but couldn't resist Teg.

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Chuckle.

The exact same thought ran through my head whilst I was typing that sentence!

 

 

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

12 March 2012

[quote TegTypeR]... and the failure of the management to turn SEAT in to a Spanish Alfa ...[/quote]

But has it been a "failure of the management", or a lack of funding and will from VW?

Seat's management produced the concepts - eg, the rather lovely Tango and IBE - and went racing, and won titles, but was not allowed to follow through with Alfa-esque showroom product. Why?

VW was able to overhaul and re-invent Skoda, why the cold feet with Seat? Might make for an interesting investigative article? Over to you, Autocar...

12 March 2012

Thankfully they've ditched the oh-so confusing model naming (Copa, S Copa, SE Copa and whatever else) but I don't know WHY they're so insistent on labelling the basic model as 'S A/C'. If that's the base model, then there isn't one below it without air conditioning, is there??? So why not just call it 'S' and be done with it? Just looks dreadfully untidy and will confuse people into thinking that there's a cheaper model available. Volkswagen really aren't doing very well with Seat as others have said. The new Toledo looks pretty dull to my eyes, and on the other hand, Skoda's sales are going through the roof offering no-nonsense simplicity at slightly lower prices than the generally overpriced Volkswagens. Many are struggling to see where Seat fit in - they're in need of a rebrand I think. Their corny new "Enjoyneering" strap line surely can't be helping matters.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

12 March 2012

[quote 6th.replicant]VW was able to overhaul and re-invent Skoda, why the cold feet with Seat? Might make for an interesting investigative article? Over to you, Autocar...[/quote]

Fat chance.

12 March 2012

Very misleading story. The RRPs have been reduced because they now have less equipment standard, the special edition Copa models had loads of extras included. Not only that but the actual price you pay will be more, since the Copa models had heavy discounts from the list prices but these won't to start with.

12 March 2012

[quote 6th.replicant]

But has it been a "failure of the management", or a lack of funding and will from VW?

Seat's management produced the concepts - eg, the rather lovely Tango and IBE - and went racing, and won titles, but was not allowed to follow through with Alfa-esque showroom product. Why?

VW was able to overhaul and re-invent Skoda, why the cold feet with Seat?

[/quote]

My personal view is that VAG's problem is more to do with the positioning of Volkswagen as a brand.

If you think about it, before Ferdinand Piëch moved to VW Group, their cars were regarded as being worthy but relatively dull (with the exception of the GTIs, VR6s etc). Piëch then moved VW (and Audi, for that matter) into more of an "upmarket" position - certainly in VW's case, by releasing cars which catered for markets who wanted more than just straght-forward transport (the Phaeton for executives, the Touareg for off-roading/lifestyle, the Eos for cruising, the Scirocco as a sporting coupe etc). Although all have had varying levels of success, they all played a part in turning VW from a middle-of the-road brand (albeit marginally more desirable than Ford etc.) to something more aspirational.

As a result, Audi over the same period of time have moved from being a strictly aspirational brand to being positioned just above, by going into every niche imaginable within the Executive / Sports sector.

Skoda obviously originally filled the "budget" sector (call it what you will), but owing to their success (based on tried-and-trusted engineering, no-nonsense vehicle models/specs and what appears to be exceptionally high levels of customer satisfaction), they are in effect the "new" VW - solid, dependable, value for money etc.

Which leaves Seat.... there is a school of thought that if they were to be the "sporting" brand, they should have been allowed to produce the Tango (as a budget TT-type rival), the IBE should proceed (as an alternative design to the Scirocco), or indeed VAG could have followed Renaultsport's lead by allowing Seat to offer "cup" variants of their Cupra models (stripped-out, lighter weights etc).

Instead, it seems that perhaps Seat has (in effect) become the new Skoda....

12 March 2012

I think the FL Ibiza is a much nicer car, love the new LED Xenon's. A FR ST will be on the cards for us next year with a dog. Would like to see the new 1.4 138 TSi engine go into the Ibiza FR though.

I love my FL Leon FR TSi and I am a SEAT fan. I came to the brand in 2003 with a MKI Leon Cupra then went through a few 3 Series, 1 Series, a Merc C class and an Audi A3 before coming back to a SEAT with a FL Leon FR TDi after feeling the mechanically identical Golf GTD not worth the extra 5K for a better interior.

SEAT had their best year in the uk in 2011 and currently sell about 6,000 less cars a year than Skoda. To me they are a budget brand with maybe a more sporty feel to Skoda. Interior is Skoda's strength and SEAT's weak point less the Alhambra and Exeo being VW and recycled Audi. But I like the new SEAT design including the Toledo, maybe I am going mad and should be getting some help.........

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