What is it?
The key update for the current generation of Ibiza, which was launched in 2008, is a substantially redesigned interior. It has, in effect, adopted the look of the more recent Seat Leon, featuring a new steering wheel, smarter instrumentation and better materials throughout.
Seat has also worked to improve the Ibiza's road manners, by retuning the suspension and steering, while updates to the engine range offer increases in efficiency.
Externally, little has changed, barring the addition of LED daytime running lights. There is now a choice of six exterior colour packs, as well as new paint and alloy wheel options.
Equipment upgrades are more prominent. Buyers can now choose from a new range of upgrades, including a 6.5in sat-nav system and Seat's 'Full Link' system, which adds Apple Car Play, Android Auto and Mirror Link connectivity. Given the increasing demand for more advanced equipment, even in less costly cars, it's a sensible move.
We tested a mid-spec SE version of the Seat Ibiza, with the entry-level 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. Standard kit for the SE is comprehensive, including a DAB radio, air-con, electric heated mirrors, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a 5.0in touchscreen media system, a trip computer and tyre pressure monitoring.