Baby estate will reach UK showrooms this summer
2 March 2010

This is the Seat Ibiza ST.

The baby estate will join the three and five-door models in Seat’s Ibiza range when it launches in the UK this summer.

See the official Seat Ibiza ST pics

The Ibiza ST is 180mm longer than the hatchback model at 4230mm. Boot space is 430 litres, up from 292 litres in the hatch, and this can be further increased by folding down the split rear seats.

Seat says it has tried to optimise access to the rear hatch by making the opening as wide and as low as possible.

Much of the styling mirrors the hatchback’s, incorporating Seat’s ‘Arrow Design’ front-end package. Changes at the rear include split rear light clusters.

There will be three petrol and two diesel engines available at launch, including 1.2-litre TDI and 1.2-litre TSI units. Four of the motors feature direct-injection and turbocharging, and power outputs range from 84bhp to 104bhp. A six-speed DSG gearbox will be optional.

The Ibiza ST is expected to be priced from £12,500 to compete with the Peugeot 207SW and Renault Clio ST.

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4 February 2010

I am no real ST lover but that is quite a good looking car. I do like SEAT's new design direction and judging by the increase in sales so do many others. The Ibiza, Leon and Exeo look good maybe not perfect but a step in the right direction and with competative prices I am sure will continue to do well.

SEAT seem finally to be starting to become a bit more sporty and trendy and with the price hikes on VW they are incresingly becoming a good value buy for maybe some loss of kudos and a notch down on interior quality. But with the mechanically identical GTi costing around 25K and the Leon FR TSi 19K a big price for Kudos and a little extra quality in IMO.

4 February 2010

Seat says it has tried to optimise access to the rear hatch by making the opening as wide and as low as possible.

So why does the back end slope so much. If they were trying to maximise useful space why isnt the back end verticle?

Daft car

4 February 2010

When I saw the image that goes with this article, I thought 5-door hatch, but the article refers to it being a "Baby Estate". What's a "Baby Estate"? Will it grow up and become an estate, as long as it doesn't fall in with the wrong crowd and become a sportscar?

What's the difference between an estate and a hatchback anyway? Presumably it's a question of interior space, but at what point does a 5-door hatch become an estate? This "Baby Estate" is only 7 inches longer than the hatch anyway, so should it be called a "Baby Estate" or a "Mature Hatchback"? If it was a little longer, should it be called a "Big Baby Estate"? Is there such a thing as a "Teenager Estate"? If so, presumably it never starts in the morning and always requires money for servicing. What do you call a "Baby Estate" once it's a few years old? Is a city car just an "Embryo Coupe"?

Is "Baby Estate" a vehicle class of which I've never heard, or just marketing bollocks that was written into the Seat PR blurb and Autocar blindly copied?

4 February 2010

Probably the best looking of the supermini estates, although in my eyes it looks like Audi designed the rear half as it looks like a product from Ingolstadt. A preview of an A1 tourer perhaps....;-)

4 February 2010

[quote SpiritOfSenna]Is "Baby Estate" a vehicle class of which I've never heard[/quote] Peugeot 207SW, Renault Clio Tourer and Skoda Fabia Estate. That's about it I think...?

4 February 2010

This car has no DNA related too SEAT, i see AudiA4,Mazda323, there is no Spanish flair in it apart from cheap interior plastics and not very well built, a real 6/10 car.

Peter Cavellini.

4 February 2010

No, No, No.

This is not a SEAT.

There is zero going on for this car. All it will do is cannibalise Skoda sales, and for VAG what is the pint of that? Jeeez it looks like a Skoda with some creases in it, which just makes this car ugly and boring from a company that has actually got some striking products.

4 February 2010

Well, I think Seat could make it work. It may steal a few sales from Skoda - but there are some people (like my wife) who wouldn't have a Skoda (despite their monumental improvement over the last 20 years)... It will take sales from the 207SW (as it's a lot better looking), and Renault Clio (which I wouldn't consider for the anesthetised experience behind the wheel).

For a supermini with that bit more room in the boot (on the large side for a hatch in the class above), it works well. Anyone wanting an all-out load lugger will go for a larger car. With enough people wanting to downsize their cars, but still needing a larger boot, it could fill a not-so small niche.

Is it a car I'd consider buying in future? Sure, but I'll be looking for that turbo petrol with the DSG 'box.

4 February 2010

Engines sound a bit weak, could probably do with the TSI 122 and TDI 140 to give it a bit of poke. Don't think their will be much market in the UK at least for a car like this, but will have to wait and see what happens.

4 February 2010

[quote SpiritOfSenna]

When I saw the image that goes with this article, I thought 5-door hatch, but the article refers to it being a "Baby Estate". What's a "Baby Estate"? Will it grow up and become an estate, as long as it doesn't fall in with the wrong crowd and become a sportscar?

What's the difference between an estate and a hatchback anyway? Presumably it's a question of interior space, but at what point does a 5-door hatch become an estate? This "Baby Estate" is only 7 inches longer than the hatch anyway, so should it be called a "Baby Estate" or a "Mature Hatchback"? If it was a little longer, should it be called a "Big Baby Estate"? Is there such a thing as a "Teenager Estate"? If so, presumably it never starts in the morning and always requires money for servicing. What do you call a "Baby Estate" once it's a few years old? Is a city car just an "Embryo Coupe"?

Is "Baby Estate" a vehicle class of which I've never heard, or just marketing *** that was written into the Seat PR blurb and Autocar blindly copied?

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Wise words, very true!

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