The exterior of the Spanish brand’s Ford Fiesta rival - which will continue to be offered in three-door SC, five-door and estate ST forms - has received only the mildest of tweaks, with different headlights that now include LED daytime running lights, two fresh designs of alloy wheel and a couple of new paint colours.
It’s a different story inside and under the bonnet, though, because the Ibiza gets some of the VW Group’s latest three-cylinder petrol engines. The entry-level powerplant is the 74bhp 1.0-litre motor that’s already seen extensive use in the Up, Mii and Citigo city cars. However, the Ibiza is the first VW Group product to get turbocharged versions of the same engine, with 89bhp and 109bhp. These motors have been expected for some time - indeed, we sampled the higher-powered configuration in the ultimately stillborn Up GT back in 2012.
Seat has yet to release any detailed performance or efficiency data, but it has revealed that the turbocharged 1.0 engines will produce 118lb ft and 148lb ft respectively, and that the more modest of the two motors will emit 94g/km of CO2. It's likely to be badged Ecomotive - the first time the efficiency-focused sub-brand has featured on a petrol Ibiza. Even the higher-powered 1.0 TSI will emit 99g/km when paired with a manual transmission, although it will also be offered with a DSG dual-clutch automatic.
The Ibiza will also be offered with the VW Group’s 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder ‘ACT’ engine, which features cylinder-on-demand technology. It’ll be one of the most potent motors in the revised line-up, with 148bhp, but Seat claims it will return nearly 60mpg.