The new Seat Ibiza was the first Seat designed under the direction of Luc Donckerwolke, formerly of Lamborghini. It was also meant to represent something of a change of direction for Seat, upping the ante to fulfil Seat’s emotive, dynamic ethos.
There’s meant to be more aggression to the front end, with a low grille and headlights. Certainly, the sharper edges to the side strakes give it more tension than Seat’s other monobox-style designs. Arguably the look is better suited to the three-door model than the cooking five-door. The sharply-styled standard headlights are good, but optional adaptive bi-xenons come with daytime running lights and are worth the extra money.
Mid-2015 saw the Ibiza given a large facelift, which saw its exterior matched closely its bigger sibling - the Leon, chief among which was the new grille, LED day-running-lights and numerous reworked powerplants.
Styling alterations are deliberately brash on the Cupra, starting with a black honeycomb grille. Black wing mirrors, a large, black rear diffuser and central exhaust combine to give a much more dramatic look than the standard Ibiza three-door Sport Coupé. ‘Cupra’ badging also helps to differentiate the most sporting Ibiza from the standard Sport Coupé.
An optional tinted sunroof adds to the dramatic styling and interior ambience, but is limited to a tilting action only. A heavily tinted rear windscreen and side glass doesn’t help visibility but adds to the theme of black styling cues contrasting with the bright Cupra colours.