It's the little things that lift our sporty supermini's cabin

Let’s face it, the Ibiza’s interior is typical of many VW Group cars.

So why bother talking about the nice knobs and dials on the dash when they’re the same as the ones you get in a Golf? And what’s the point of mentioning the clean design of the centre console when Skodas use the same basic layout?

Then there’s the steering wheel, which, to the dismay of one Autocar road tester, is another VW Group flat-bottomed job. But while I agree with Mr Taylor-Jones that flat-bottomed wheels should be the preserve of tightly packaged supercar cockpits, I do love the feeling of the Ibiza’s perforated leather in my hands.

And what of the dials? Again, their basic shape and layout are familiar, but the Cupra gets white backlighting and its own sporty font that serve as a gentle reminder of the 189bhp that lives under the bonnet.

Our car’s ambient lighting is a £60 option that seemed overpriced at first, but after five months I’ve grown to like the warm glow on my feet and the way the pedals are illuminated at night. I had expected the metal pedals to lead to slipping issues when the soles of my shoes were wet, but even on the swiftest of drives I’ve not experienced such a problem.

The pedals work with the dials and a similarly sporty gear knob to add a real sense of purpose to the cabin. The seats, while not particularly sporty in shape, have white side stripes to finish the look off.

Mix all this with ample rear leg room, a 284-litre seats-up boot and an excellent sound system that’s all the better for Apple CarPlay, and you have a very strong overall package.

Having lived with the car for five months, and despite early worries that the cabin lacked originality, I think I’d struggle to find a more user-friendly interior in the class. 


Price £18,900 Price as tested £19,430 Economy 34.5mpg Faults None Expenses None Last seen 21.9.16 

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13 October 2016
..£225 more you could have the Polo GTI, far better looking inside and out and will hold it's value more than the awfully out dated Ibitza. I was surprized myself how little difference there was in cost, a no-brainer if ever there was one.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

13 October 2016
The Polo is on the same platform as the "out dated Ibitza", and was introduced only a year later.

13 October 2016
Chinny Raccoon wrote:

The Polo is on the same platform as the "out dated Ibitza", and was introduced only a year later.

Yep I know it's the same platform. The Ibitza was last facelifted in 2012, Polo 2 years later, either way it's older looking because of it (and the Polo's interior is miles better.). Like I said the main problem is it's just £225 less for a car that looks much older than it actually is and will depreciate far faster than the Polo.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

14 October 2016
Sales for the SEAT IBIZA SC 1.8 TSI CUPRA BLACK for Apr to Jun this year 212, Polo GTI 2000. 'nough said

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

13 October 2016
have the audacity to slate the interior of the Fiesta, even the base model looks better.

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