Prices of the new Seat Ibiza have been revealed; the Ford Fiesta rival starts at £13,130.
The new Ibiza will be offered with five trim levels — S, SE, SE Technology, FR and range-topping Xcellence. Entry-level kit on the S will includes automatic lights and autonomous emergency braking, although only the front windows are electric.
15in alloys come with SE spec, as do front fog lights, automatic wipers, cruise control, multicolour ambient lighting and a multimedia package, while SE Technology, expected to be the top-selling spec, upgrades the multimedia package, adds bigger 8.0in screen than the standard 5.0in one, sat-nav, DAB and two USB ports.
Sporty FR spec gets 17in alloys, tinted rear windows and twin exhausts, while inside, four selectable drive modes, sports seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel add sporting touches, and tech upgrades include smartphone integration. Rear disc brakes and sports suspension also are fitted. It is yet to be decided whether or not the fifth-gen car will get the Cupra treatment. Luxury Xcellence trim gets Alcantara upholstery, front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera, as well as other luxury kit.
Seat has also partnered with Beats on an upgraded audio sound system, but is an optional extra, rather than being used in a stand-alone special-edition model or offered as a trim.
For its fifth generation, the Ibiza gains a new design, a roomier interior and more kit to take the fight to tough supermini rivals such as the Volkswagen Polo, Vauxhall Corsa and recently revealed new Ford Fiesta.
The Ibiza was the best-seller in Seat’s range until very recently, when it was overtaken by the new Leon. It has shifted more than 5.4 million units worldwide, with an average of 18,000 a year in the UK since 2008. Those sales figures include three bodystyles — three-door, five-door and ST estate. However, the new Ibiza will be sold as a five-door only.
Traditionally, the three-door model has accounted for as much as 40% of the Ibiza’s sales, but a downturn in sales in recent years has prompted Seat to offer the fifth-gen model as a five-door only, just as Renault has done with the Clio, Nissan with the Micra and Skoda with the Fabia.