Two of those props are in indisputably fine fettle; the third, not so much.
The manufacturer may well have shifted 5.4 million superminis since 1984, but the outgoing Ibiza – launched in 2008 – didn’t age nearly as well as Ford’s timeless Fiesta. By the time the Mazda 2 and third-generation Mini were launched in 2014, the Ibiza barely featured in our segment reckoning.
A ground-up rethink was required, and, true to form, that’s what Seat claims to have delivered with this, the fifth generation of the Ibiza.
Naturally, the groundwork has all been done by long-term Volkswagen Group strategy, as manifested in the roll-out of the all-new platform on which the new car sits.
The not-at-all catchily named MQB A0 architecture is a smaller derivative of the firm’s ubiquitous mid-sized underpinnings and it is set to be the defining component in a raft of forthcoming models, not least the all-important Arona CUV.