The 2017 SEAT Ibiza has arrived, and so had we. In Barcelona, to be exact, where a pair of SEAT’s biggest fans would take the completely reworked hatchback around a selection the town’s finest urban roads and highways. The plan: to put the car, its new cabin, and its cutting-edge tech through its paces.
Gaynor Thorpe from Leeds and Rav Jagdev from Birmingham were SEAT UK’s two lucky guests. Watch the video below to find out what they thought:
The ambassadors tested out the 2017 Ibiza on the town’s finest roads, getting a feel for everything from its in-town manners to its motorway driving chops. All the car’s features, from its powerplant to its advanced smartphone connectivity, were given a thorough once-over by two drivers who know the previous model inside-out.
The model they tried was the Ibiza FR, which features sharper lines, twin exhausts and Full-LED headlights, making for a purposeful, sporty-looking car that only gets better when you climb inside. The star of the Ibiza FR’s cabin is its 8-inch infotainment screen, but it’s really just icing on an impressively high-tech cake. Wireless charging means no more scrabbling for cigarette lighter USB adapters, and keyless entry and ignition means less scrabbling full stop. Hooking your phone up to the system is easier than ever,too: Apple’s CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink are all supported. For everything else, Bluetooth is included on all models of 2017 Ibiza.
Once you’re in-gear and underway, the list of likes just gets longer. Adaptive cruise control maintains a safe distance to the car in front, while a range of petrol engines – from the 1.0-litre Ibiza S to the 1.5-litre, 150PS Ibiza FR TSI EVO (which is available later this year) – means every driver will find an Ibiza for them. No matter which you choose, fuel efficiency will be knocking on the door of 60 miles per gallon. With the 2017 SEAT Ibiza FR starting at just £16,015 on the road – and the entry-level Ibiza S starting at a mere £13,130 – luxurious mainstream motoring is within everyone’s reach.